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Pokémon may lose a “certain feeling” if it went 3D, says producer

Tuesday, 18th September 2012 00:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Pokémon Black & White 2 includes 3D models alongside traditional 2D animation, but Gamefreak isn’t keen on ditching sprites altogether.

“There are definitely good aspects to both 3D and 2D. For example if you look at the Pokémon on the package you can really see how cool it looks as a 2D illustration and in the games,” Black & White 2 producer Junichi Masuda told GameInformer.

“For the Pokémon characters, one of the reasons we use sprites, at least currently, is because we like to have more of a comical, kind of look like an animation, this kind of visual style is what we want to do for the Pokémon games. If we were able to take that style we have now and have it translate into 3D with no problems; that is definitely something we would be into.

“However, it’s not just about the visual appearance either. The feeling and the control of the character is also very important to us. There is definitely a certain feeling you have when you control these 2D characters. It may be different if we switched over to 3D.”

Pokémon Black & White 2, the first numbered sequel the series has produced, is due in October.

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  1. lexph3re

    I call BS. They are doing steady modifications just to milk the franchises success. Keeping Fans on a bait with small tweaks to capitalize profit. I have been waiting for them to change the current model because I frankly reached my limits with the games.I been playing since red and blue clocking out the timer up until diamond and Pearl where I had just had enough of the same ole presentation.
    Give it 3 more gens and they’ll practically be 3D.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    How about a proper RPG for the home console?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TMRNetShark

    I call bull too, but I understand. The games works well in 2D and changing that might make it less Pokemon. I’m sure GameFreak has tried prototypes of 3D battle scene Pokemon and did not like the look and feel of it.

    I do however, want more game length. I loved how Gold and Silver had my attention for months (and still does to this day).

    #3 2 years ago
  4. voxelman

    Good I love me a good sprite

    #4 2 years ago