I don't come here very often lately... But since we've got this big news announced, then I guess it's a good occasion for an old fart that's me to make some useless statements.
First of all, I must state my disappointment. Yeah, yeah, Maxim always has to complain, no matter what happens. But I'm really annoyed that they decided for a new generation at this moment because of several reasons.
- Firstly, I think it's too early. I don't really feel the hunger for a new gen, and I really hoped that they'd wait with a new gen for a new console. The fact that they're releasing a new gen this year basically means that we're getting a new generation without much technical progress. A bunch of new Pokemon, only slightly better graphics (because 3DS technology doesn't really allow for more), a bunch of new features/mechanics introduced (which they could've introduced just anytime, they just didn't do that before) and some old features removed. And that's it, folks. Don't expect much more than that.
- Secondly, because it's 20th Anniversary of Pokemon franchise. The Direct was broadcasted the very day when Red/Green were first released in Japan. So, I really hoped that they would use the opportunity to release something that has to do with the anniversary and that respects the 20 years of Pokemon's history. Even the leak talked about a "20th anniversary game" (whatever that could be), so I had my hopes up for something more original and unexpected. Not a new gen, which could be announced and released just ANYTIME. And it also makes the entire anniversary very disappointing, as it brought us only the VC releases (which aren't a big thing to me, also they were pretty expected) and a bunch of useless merch. Shame, shame...
- Thirdly (is this a word?), because there was still much to do with Generation VI. We've got Zygarde Forms and AZ's Floette that will now go to the trashcan. After one set of mildly disappointing games and a set of badly disappointing remakes, the feeling of incompleteness in this gen is very strong. It lacks a finishing touch, which could be done in one game. That would be enough to redeem this gen in my eyes. But no, Gen VI is gonna stay a half-baked thing forever.
So yeah, I just can't be happy with the announcement of Sun/Moon. As for the third point, I know that there is a group of people that believe that S/M is gonna take place in a region based on Southern France, and be a sequel to XY in a similar vein to GSC, which was a sequel to RGBY. Of course, this is not impossible... but I'm not seeing this. The way how they cut Gen VI short probably means that they want us to forget it. They're probably as dissatisfied with it as the fans are, so I'm sure that they will want to move on.
As for my expectations/predictions about the new gen, I don't really have any. I never have any expectations for new gens, as I don't really know what to expect. I may have (and do have) clear expectations for sequels of remakes, but in the case of new gens - their very purpose is to be fresh and surprising. Any prediction about a new gen (especially at this stage) is a total shoot in the dark, so it's even better not to have any expectations, in order not to be negatively surprised. And I'm rarely excited about new gens in general (the last gen I really waited for was Gen IV - because we were all already fed up with Gen III by then, and because the time between the uncovering of first Gen IV Pokemon and details was tremendously long. As for newer gens, I feel that all of them popped up in the wrong moment - just when I started liking the then-current generation), so I don't really care much for what they'll do in S/M. I'm completely cold about it. I'll just wait and see as they are released, if I think they're nice, then nice. But I'm definitely NOT joining the pre-release hype train.
However, there is one aspect of the new games that does "grind my gears", namely the new language version. It's a really interesting thing, since this will mean a lot of new official names of game stuff (e.g. consistent Chinese names of moves and items), and it will be really interesting to compare them with the names previously used in the Chinese-language anime and printed media (which are not always consistent). Pokemon names are actually established, so they shouldn't pose a problem, but I have one pet peeve about this. Namely, the previously-released Pokemon media in Chinese were available in both Mandarin (Traditional in Taiwan, Simplified in Mainland China) and Cantonese in HK, with the latter having different Pokemon names (some are identical, some differ). Since the games differentiate only between Traditional and Simplified characters, this means that they will be available only in Mandarin. This means that Hong Kong gets the Mandarin version as well. It is not that much of a problem, because written Mandarin is taught and mostly understood in Hong Kong (AFAIK, correct me if I'm wrong). But this means that Hong Kong will get Mandarin Pokemon names now. So, does it mean that Cantonese Pokemon names are lost to the world, and that Cantonese anime dub will now start to use Mandarin names pronounced Cantonese way, for the sake of consistency with the games (which would be a loss, and would probably be confusing to those familiar with old Cantonese dub - even Pikachu's name is a bit different), or will they just not care and continue using Hong Kong names for old Pokemon? This is certainly a dilemma to be answered (I just hope they don't cancel Cantonese dub completely, because it would be a great loss. Also, spoken Mandarin and Cantonese are quite different, so a dub is needed). But nonetheless, I'm glad that every new thing will get Mandarin name now, without relying on non-game media.
Also, I wonder if more language versions will await us in the future. I won't be surprised if we get a Russian version of Gen VIII, which will be quite cool to me, because I speak Russian.
But going back to the games themselves, if I had to state some of my possible bets, they'd be as follows:
- A whole lot of new Pokemon. Yeah, one of the problems with Gen VI to most fans was the small amount of new Pokemon (which I don't agree with. I think it was one of the BEST aspects of Gen VI, to be honest), so now they're gonna change it. Prepare for a motherload of new Pokemon, most of which probably low-quality. Also, expect a Sinnoh amount of Legendaries/Mythicals.
- Megas won't be a "big thing" anymore. Of course, they will stay in the game, but won't be a central element of the game's plot (as they were in Gen VI). Therefore, there will be rather few new Megas, mostly of Gen V and VI Pokemon.
- Some old Pokemon (a mix of generations) will be available in the new region (I doubt they'll pull a BW in this aspect, also - the revealed arts strongly suggest that old Pokemon are there), but majority of catchable mons will be new ones. Because of VC-RGBY compatibility, there probably won't be many Gen I Pokemon in the new region.
- Probably not many references to older regions (so as not to confuse the Chinese fans, who aren't familliar with them [even though they are, because of the anime/merch/print media and Japanese versions of the games...]), I think the new region will be kinda isolated from the others (especially if that Hawaii theory is true), in a similar way to BW Unova, and most of the references to older gens will be mostly cute little nods, similar to these in XY.
- Time to introduce some new PokeBalls. Really, it's been a while...
- Likely no new PokeGear-like accessory this time (similarly to two previous gens), there may be some tool for the Wi-Fi connections, though.
- No seasons. Period.
- Character customization will likely stay (but still without the revolutionary option to take off your hat...). PokeAmie may be changed into something "similar but different".
- Either no Contest-like sidequest, or one that nobody cares about.
- Trainer VS artworks gone (sadly), replaced with (likely low-quality) 3D models.
- No Dark Gym.
So, that's it. I don't know what more could I mention... and as I said, it's better not to expect anything. Riding the hype train can only get you more disapointed.
Tl;dr, I know.
Last edited by Maxim; 27th February 2016 at 3:51 PM.
I don't come here as often as I used to, do I?