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The Pokémon Company Engaging in Discussions About Its Consistent Release Schedule

Following Nintendo's apology for technical problems with Scarlet and Violet, The Pokémon Company is now discussing ways to uphold game quality amidst its ongoing release schedule.

Last year, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet received criticism for various technical problems. These issues included a faulty PvE experience, a rigged Battle Stadium, glitches that allowed duplication of items, a peculiar method of running at twice the normal speed, and more. As a result, Nintendo had to issue an apology for these shortcomings.

There are concerns that the continuous release of Pokémon games at a fast pace has negatively impacted their quality, as well as the well-being of the developers at Game Freak. This is especially evident in the numerous releases during the Nintendo Switch era.

In addition to the previously released games like Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee! in 2018, Pokémon Sword and Shield in 2019, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in 2022, there are also some undisclosed games currently in development. Moreover, players can expect several DLC expansions for these games in the future.

During an interview with Takato Utsunomiya, the Chief Operating Officer of The Pokémon Company, at the Pokémon World Championships, ComicBook.com inquired about whether the company had a specific release schedule that they had to adhere to.

According to Utsunomiya, our approach so far has been to consistently release new products at regular intervals. This has allowed us to continually introduce fresh experiences and cater to the needs of our customers.

In my opinion, we are still functioning in the same manner, but as the development landscapes evolve, there are increasing discussions on how we can maintain this approach while also guaranteeing the introduction of high-quality products.

Although Utsunomiya does not explicitly state that there will be a change in the release schedule, his comments suggest that there is an understanding that the current pace may need to be reevaluated in order to avoid future launches similar to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

The subpar performance of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was a significant reason why IGN gave it a 6/10 rating. IGN stated that while the open-world gameplay of the game had potential for the franchise's future, it was hindered by various aspects that made it feel incomplete and unfinished.

Despite facing some technical difficulties, the popularity of Pokémon video games continues to soar. In a span of just three days, Scarlet and Violet managed to sell an astounding 10 million copies, setting a new record as Nintendo's fastest-selling game ever.

The release schedule of The Pokémon Company currently only lists the Scarlet and Violet's Expansion Pass. During the latest Pokémon Presents event, a trailer was shown for The Teal Mask, which is the first part of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. The release date for The Teal Mask is set for September 13, with Part 2 scheduled to release in Winter 2023.

The second game, called The Indigo Disk, features the return of all the starter Pokémon from previous games, as well as a new Tera Type that combines the powers of all other types to create a super-powered Pokémon.

To learn more, discover how you can obtain both Mew and Mewtwo in the Pokémon games Scarlet and Violet. Also, don't miss out on The Pokémon Company's collection of plush toys featuring some of its more mature-themed Pokémon.

Wesley is the editor responsible for UK news at IGN. You can connect with him on Twitter by searching for @wyp100. If you need to get in touch with Wesley, you can reach him at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or send a confidential message to wyp100@proton.me.


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