Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

October 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with 4Gamer (and translated by Siliconera), Pokémon series art director Ken Sugimori said that the reason that downloadable content such as new Pokémon characters will likely not be part of current and future Pokémon games is because it would ruin the worldview of the Pokémon universe. Sugimori basically says that Pokémon should be earned and not bought:

Sugimori said that "when it comes to business, the one thing I've always said ‘no!' to is ‘the act of buying Pokémon with money.'"

"That is something that has been said since the days [Satoshi] Tajiri was completely involved in everything," he added.

"The reason being, is because it's one of things that could ‘ruin the worldview' of Pokémon," Sugimori he continued. "I believe the reason we don't simply commercialize [Pokémon], is that it's a way of protecting the brand, and for this purpose, we have the specialty company called The Pokémon Company."

"Therefore, suppose we sell a Pokémon for 100 yen, then we must prepare something that is worthy of that 100 yen, along with a reasonable consent for doing so."

Sugimori went on to defend the practice of giving away free and rare Pokémon as promotional items at events such as movie screenings, saying that the idea seemed fun at the time, and often served to give players the chance to play with the rare Pokémon that they just watched in a movie.

The latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Y, has sold over 4 million copies worldwide in their opening weekend.

Source: GameSpot

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Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

It's sad that i have to go over seas to find a man who cares about his product and wont do something to tear it apart and sell in small bits. 

As for the DLC is a update complaint... Really? I don't like to say "back in my day" but back in my day we had these things call updates. they normally fixed things like bugs but sometimes they'd add new features improve the game. Now sure they could make a free DLC to add more content but why not just call it a Update and stop coming up with ways we can uses that horrible word that is DLC.

Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

The only problem I have here is that they're treating DLC as "you must pay" only, what about a free update/dlc that adds stuff in?

Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

I would seriously buy Pokemon X/Y DLC. Just add a new island or something that contains classic Pokemon that are unobtainable in X/Y proper.

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Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

Classics are i nthe game. I have a Pikachu and a Farfetch'd in my current roster.

Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

Not all of them. Many families are missing from X and Y completely, not even available in Friend Safari. And good luck getting them. 3rd Gen is completely out of print, 4th Gen is out of print, but there's still plenty of stock, and 5th Gen is getting scarcer.

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Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

I have to applaud a developer taking a stand against the pay-to-win mentality... even if it seems to have slipped his mind that each generation has two versions, which many people feel the need to buy both of in order to get everything. That's not strictly necessary for anything beyond legendaries, though, and then only if you want to currently own everything rather than have everything registered as owned in your Dex.

Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

I have not played a Pokemon game since the Gold / Silver generation, but I do believe the slogan was "Gotta Catch 'Em All", not "Gotta Buy 'Em All" (not withstanding the Trading Card Game).

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Re: Pokémon Art Director: DLC Would Break Series World View

they retired the slogan when they released Gen3 (Ruby and Sapphire)

though they did bring the slogan back in the form of an X and Y pre-launch promotion (context: the promo involved hunting down or "catching" codes for free downloadables such as desktop wallpapers and ringtones, each code was also good for an entry in a sweepstakes, and for people who couldn't find any codes, a special sweepstakes entry-only code was provided so everybody had a chance at it)

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