Junichi Masuda steps down as game director
Recently, in an interview conducted on Pokemon.com game director Junichi Masuda has confirmed his future plans. Unfortunately, he will be stepping down as director after Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee
In fact, Masada is responsible for being the vision behind countless Pokemon games like Gold/Silver as a co-director. Not to mention, he worked in development for Ruby/Sapphire, FireRed/LeafGreen, Diamond/Pearl, Black/White, and X/Y respectively.
Accordingly, Masuda had planned on the Let’s Go games to be his last run in the director’s chair.
His Nonstop Contributions
“I was the one who worked on the base game concept document for Pokémon GO, and even in that original concept, I had the idea of introducing new Pokémon through the mobile game,” he said. “I wanted to realize that goal by creating games that could connect with Pokémon GO and feel somewhat similar to it without feeling like we were copying it. Given my involvement in Pokémon GO‘s development, I felt that I was probably the best person to direct these games.”
Not to mention, he also wanted to get a taste of the Nintendo Switch before stepping down.
Fresh Set of Eyes
“It was also interesting to work with Nintendo Switch. There’s a lot of technology packed into the hardware that we were all trying to discover at GAME FREAK. For example, developing the Poké Ball Plus and working with Bluetooth to facilitate the connection with Pokémon GO were both very interesting things that I had a chance to work on as the director this time. But at the same time, it’s important to have the younger generation at GAME FREAK take over the development of Pokémon as a series. I do believe this will probably be, in terms of the main Pokémon RPGs, the last time that I work as the director.”
Additionally, it’s sad to see such an amazing voice behind beloved games move on to different things. Yet, that’s the reality with how things cycle through especially in video games. However, it leaves a spot empty for someone new to take the mantle and reinvent Pokemon for generations to come.
Comment below on what you think of Masuda stepping down from the Pokemon series. In addition, Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee arrives on November 16th for the Nintendo Switch. Also, if you liked this article why not share it on social media. In other news, Diablo 3’s Amiibo for the Nintendo Switch has been revealed.