What’s going on with Game Freak? Do they want to make more than just Pokemon titles?
For the last 20+ years, the team at Game Freak have been hard at work making the core Pokemon titles, and Pokemon Let’s Go. But, they’re aiming to do more original content. They’ve even divided up their work flow and teams to help make this happen. Programmer and director Masayuki Onoue explained this in an interview:
“There are two different production teams here, simply named Production Team 1 and Production Team 2. Team 1 is fully dedicated to Gear Project, while Team 2 is for the Pokémon operation. What that means is that Game Freak as a company is prioritizing Gear Project, which is production team number one, more than Pokémon in general. We are always trying to create something that is equally exciting, or more exciting than Pokémon.
There is a lot of back-and-forth between Team 1 and Team 2. One of the interesting things is that Team 2, which is dedicated to Pokémon, only knows about specific platforms. So with Team 2, engineers can learn about other platforms that they might not have touched before. By mixing up the teams we are able to create this interesting synergy.”
They also have a special R&D team, which were the ones who made Pokemon Let’s Go.