Game Freak wowed gamers with the release of Pokemon Legends Arceus. Gone is the linearity of following a path to towns and gym leaders, replaced by lush open-world maps and terrifying wild encounters.
Prior to its release, fans were worried about whether the Sinnoh Origins title would ship as it was a drastic departure from other games in the series. Fast forward to January 28, 2022, and trainers were stunned, with critics giving it an 83 on Metacritic – we gave it a 9/10 ourselves.
Players fell in love with Hisui’s region, its mechanics, and, namely, the absolute sense of freedom it provided when able to roam an open-world map and observe and catch creatures. my wild ones in their natural habitats. Amazon couldn’t keep the game in stock for a good week after release.
This hype and excitement around Game Freak’s adventure away from the traditional format of their games is exactly why the time has come for The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to finally consider making a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG ).
The Demand for Pokemon Games Online is Clearly There
In July 2021, Pokemon released its first real dive into the online gaming space with Unite, a free-to-play MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) that pits two teams of five against each other to earn points and take control of the arena.
According to SensorTowerthe game reached 30 million downloads by the end of its first week, half of them in the first two days.
And then there’s Pokémon Go. While it may not be a proper online experience, it does have multiplayer capabilities – both real-life and remote – and is one of the best mobile games of all time, grossing over $7 billion in five years.
Pokémon MMORPG = profit
So it’s a natural fit, then, considering the success of Legends Arceus and its open-world maps and online multiplayer Pokemon games. Why can’t this be merged?
There’s no denying that an MMO would bring in millions, if not billions of dollars in revenue. Just look at the other top online games right now: Genshin Impact made $2 billion in its first year and World of Warcraft made $9.23 billion in lifetime profits.
Add the success of Pokemon into the mix, which is the highest-grossing media franchise in the world with a total revenue of $110 billion, and you have the ultimate in money-making. Ask any fan if they’d pay $15 a month to raid giant monsters or play in dungeons with legendary boss battles – a guarantee that almost everyone would say yes.
Will The Pokemon Company ever make one?
A quick Google search brings up a plethora of unofficial Pokémon MMORPGs. PokéMMO, for example, takes the Black & White framework and expands it to four regions and the national Pokédex up to Gen V, and has a large following. There is even a 3D MMO for those who want a more modern experience, among other fan-made projects.
With Nintendo notorious for scrapping fan projects, like the recent first-person shooter Pokemon, that begs the question: why aren’t they touching it? In short: it’s probably because they have no intention of creating a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for the franchise.
A data leak in 2020 revealed that the company has beenin fact, was planning to develop an online Pokemon title for PC in 2004. Based on Fire Red and Leaf Green, it featured Game Boy Advance connectivity, online play with trading, battle and chat, Colosseum-based tournaments, and Moreover.
Iba has been based on the history of Kanto, pero los game systems based on the code of a pokemon Colosseum
Dressed in torneos, captured Pokémon and tesoros. pic.twitter.com/6WA9x7pbqk
— Pokemon Centro (@PokemonCentro) July 24, 2020
The fact that it never materialized hints that there were potential development issues – if they even got to that point – or simply that Nintendo didn’t think it would be popular enough to warrant making it or couldn’t. save manpower for such a huge undertaking. .
Anyway, the project was ahead of its time and fast forward 18 years where the gaming industry is much more technologically advanced – why couldn’t they revisit the idea of an MMO Pokemon title? The fact that it could fetch billions is undeniable.