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Insider Shares Good News For Pokemon Fans Who Criticized Scarlet and Violet

Highlights

  • Public criticism of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will reportedly impact future games in the franchise.
  • VGC’s Andy Robinson claims The Pokemon Company has taken the response to Scarlet and Violet “seriously.”
  • What exactly that means remains to be seen, as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet had no shortage of criticism directed at them, even though they still sold extremely well.


The public criticism aimed at Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will influence future games in the franchise, an industry insider has said. This claim is likely to be welcome news for the vocal section of the fans who repeatedly expressed skepticism about whether their criticism of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has been heard.

The past several generations of Pokemon games widened the gap between their sales success and long-time fan perception. Namely, while the games themselves continue to enjoy strong commercial momentum, with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet selling around 23 million copies alone as of summer 2023, the most vocal subset of the fandom driving the online buzz surrounding the series is no longer unilaterally infatuated with Game Freak’s RPGs.

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The Pokemon Company Is Taking the Response to Scarlet and Violet ‘Seriously’

Although that demographic isn’t lacking in pessimists who believe their efforts to point out flaws with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are an exercise in futility, that isn’t necessarily the case, according to VGC’s Andy Robinson. Taking to Twitter, the industry insider recently said that the response to the 2022 games is going to inform the development of the future series entries because The Pokemon Company has taken it “seriously.”

What that actually means remains to be seen, as not even Robinson himself appears to be privy to that information. One obvious area of improvement for the (mainline) series concerns its performance on Nintendo hardware, which has gotten progressively worse ever since Game Freak started developing for the Switch. But while a lot has been said about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s bugs and performance problems, that is far from the only issue that portions of the fandom had with these games.

Common Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Fan Complaints

  • Rampant bugs
  • Performance issues
  • Missing features from the past games: national dex, battle tower, changing seasons, etc.
  • Lack of open-world content
  • Reduction in indoor locations: fewer enterable NPC houses and the like

E.g., many other long-time players have repeatedly criticized the barebones nature of the game’s environments, arguing that the shift to open-world gameplay wasn’t worth it if it meant sticking them into largely empty areas with nothing to do but catch pocket monsters, something that they were already able to accomplish while playing the more linear entries. Meanwhile, others have bemoaned the fact that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are missing many series features like the Battle Tower and national dex, or the ability to remember pre-evolution moves.

How many of these points of criticism Game Freak ends up addressing remains to be seen. But even if the company would like to deal with all of them, doing so is ostensibly going to be difficult if the Pokemon franchise has to stick with its exceedingly short, three-year development cycle for mainline games moving forward.

pokemon scarlet and violet games

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet are the main entries in the series for Generation IX. They introduced over 100 new Pokemon and brought players to the Paldea region.

Released
November 18, 2022

ESRB
E For Everyone Due To Mild Fantasy Violence

How Long To Beat
31½ Hours

Metascore
72

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