Katsuhiro Harada: Pokken Tournament has Strict Guidelines, Sequels are Possible

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A new Korean interview with Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada and Korean outlet Inven has revealed some details for the upcoming fighter, Pokken Tournament.

The game was revealed back in August, and so far we only know that it’s coming to arcades, and that it features Lucario, Blaziken, and Machamp as playable fighters. Thanks to the new interview (and with translations via Flying_Wonkey), we’ve gotten a sense of the game’s development, and its potential future.

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When asked if there were any limitations or constraints on the development of the game, Harada responded simply with “There’s a really strict guideline.” It’s worth noting that Bandai Namco is handling the entirety of development in-house, while they recently co-developed the latest Super Smash Bros. with Nintendo.

He was asked how the concept of Pokken Tournament was received by all ages, and more specifically the older gaming crowd. “There’s a huge fan base of children for Pokemon to appeal to.” Harada said. “But surprisingly the idea of Pokken was well received.”

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Harada-san talked a bit about how they prototyped the game in the beginning, and described how quickly their initial concepts were changed, and maybe even scrapped:

“We first had the idea of having around 20 Pokemon trainers fight each other in the game, but that idea was thrown out after 2 seconds”

Finally, when asked whether the game warranted continued support, provided it was a successful game, Harada let out a tease:

“I feel like this game [Pokken] can always be improved in new installments. Having 700 different varieties of Pokemon gives a lot of freedom.”

So you heard it here – Pokken Tournament could definitely have a sequel – although the game hasn’t even been confirmed for home consoles yet.

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  1. Eighto
    December 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    “But surprisingly the idea of Pokken was well received.”
    They say this as if it isn’t the thing that pokemon fans have wanted since the release of Pokemon Red.

  2. Landale
    December 18, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    To be completely honest I never heard anyone request a fighting game. It’s always been asking for an MMO that I’ve seen.

  3. Eighto
    December 19, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Maybe not a fighting game, but a game that would allow pokemon to fight without the constraints of the whole turn based system.
    Though I agree, a fully functional Pokemon MMO probably is the more popular opinion in recent years.

  4. Some furf
    Some furf
    December 19, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I’d forgotten that this was a thing.

    I still don’t understand why this is a thing.

  5. chaoguy
    December 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Another japanese game that keeps releasing “definitive” editions instead of patching them or even DLC.
    Still tempted to buy it when it’s released though. =3=

  6. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    December 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    To be fair, Namco went down the road Capcom and ArcSys carved. Neither Tekken nor Soul Calibur got ridiculous re-re-re-releases with one additional character and maybe one whole new line of text somewhere.

  7. chaoguy
    December 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    True. But is following that path ok when you aren’t “doing it as badly as the other guy”? Going against the grain is tough. But I’d at least like my the “premium” features available to patch or DLC into my “normal” edition of the game.

    Still, being this is Pokemon, I guess we’ll be getting 2 different rosters and yearly/2 yearly releases.

  8. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    December 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I’m pretty much completely against the Capcom/ ArcSys way of doing things. I mean I love the ArcSys fighters but having to buy a whole new game just to get 2 more characters is fucking nuts. I really hope they don’t pull that shit with Xrd, but I know they will…