As fun as it might sometimes be to play as the antagonist, Pokémon is one franchise where that prospect seems unlikely according to the series director.

Official Nintendo Magazine caught up with Junichi Masuda recently and asked whether there would ever be a game where players could take on the role of Team Rocket, the infamous organisation that engages in Pokémon stealing and strange secretive experiments:

That's a difficult question to answer. But when you think about Team Rocket, while they're quite comical, they're still bad guys when they try to steal other trainers' Pokémon... Imagine watching football on TV, for example - you want them to play fair. I want players to play as heroes in videogames, and I want them to play fair.

So there you have it, those of you hoping that some day you'll be able to join the darkside: forget about it. The full interview can be found in the next issue of ONM which goes on sale Thursday 14th April.