Take-Two Interactive has been sharing its Q1 financial results, reporting better than expected sales but also forced to admit that hyped shooter Battleborn has struggled; it arrived around the same time as Overwatch, which definitely won that battle.
Take-Two Interactive president Strauss Zelnick has spoken to Games Industry.biz about the results, and was also diverted into talking about Pokémon GO. Such has been the initial financial success of Niantic's augmented reality app that it's a key topic for pretty much all industry executives right now. He didn't hesitate to praise what the app's achieved.
It's really exciting, and I think it shows what happens when you apply interesting technology and great creativity to beloved intellectual property. The key point here is the Pokemon property is something a whole generation has this incredible affection for. And that's the real difference. This very technology has been used before in a title that kind of disappeared without a trace. What's remarkable here is not the technology and not really the gameplay. What was remarkable was tying that to Pokemon. And how can you not be impressed by what they've achieved? It's a wonderful achievement.
NX was briefly mentioned, but it was politely pointed out that it's unlikely to affect Take-Two's finances this financial year, ie up to the end of March 2017. The company's CEO has also recently shared optimism about Nintendo and the NX, but there's no real indication yet that the company has plans to turn kind words into game support. Like some other publishers it'll likely see how the system sells before committing too much.
In terms of Pokémon GO, though it is currently in the midst of some negativity online, there's little doubt that its success has raised plenty of eyebrows in the gaming industry.
With thanks to Benson for the heads up.
Gen 1 baby! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@Acein210 Don't you have something better to do than to comment the same obnoxious thing on every single NL post about Pokemon Go?
@JubilifeRival all gen 1 does is win! Win! Win!
@Acein210 *All nostalgia does is win win win by blinding stubborn people into thinking a franchise can't expand to new areas and develop improvements
Yes, I know I'm feeding the trolls.
Bring Battleborn to NX at launch. Give it a new lease of life. I highly doubt the system will have much competition at launch for that type of game and the brightly coloured art style will only help on a Nintendo system
@JubilifeRival don't worry. Actual Pokéfans know every gen has good and bad and can't wait for the rest to be added to Go
@Ogbert Yeah I know This guy just gets annoying, he's been commenting the same thing on every PoGo post since it came out.
@JubilifeRival Gen 1 is the most memorable one tho.
I started with Blue so I know gen 1 well. But to me it's not the most memorable, that's gen 3. I loved the designs for that gen, I loved the features like secret bases, I loved the upgraded visuals the GBA afforded. I'd played Blue, Yellow and Silver prior to that, watched the anime and had a ton of the toys but Sapphire was the game with the monsters and mechanics that really sparked my imagination and they are the ones that stick in my memory the most. The others I know simply because they were around first, I don't care for them as much (bar Cubone and Ivysaur, love those two!) and I actively dislike many (personal taste though).
Not everyone was introduced to Pokémon with gen 1 either. For many those designs are mixed in with all the others and don't necessarily stand out as a generational grouping at all.
One of my workmates who plays Go with me has never played the main series but watches the anime with his kids. He keeps asking me if guys like Vanillish, Hoopla, Chespin etc are in the game. He had no idea what a Voltorb was or why anyone would get excited about "a ball with a face", not even what a Vulpix was who is arguably one of the most popular gen 1 designs. Obviously he know Pikachu and of Mewtwo etc but to him the new ones were memorable.
I just want NX to get another NBA 2K game. I bought NBA 2K13 on Wii U and played it TONS. It's an incredibly fun game. I was on with not getting another on Wii U because I've never been one to buy more than 1 version of a sports game on a console, but I'll be more than happy to buy it again on my next console
Aren't NX set for March, the same month their finincial year end, which would make it hard for one of their games have an impact anyway? Or am i missing something?
The success of the first generation cannot be understated, imho.
None of the other generations would have existed, and they are all just further developments of preexisting ideas.
@OptometristLime I don't think anyone is or would understate the success or importance of the first gen. But while its no doubt leaves a mark for those of us who started way back then, it isn't the only one. And there are just as many great designs and attributes in other generations as there are in gen 1. Maybe even more and better
Every gen has added some extras to Pokemon, so saying that one is better than the other is just a matter of tastes. I dislike gen 4 a lot, never found anything interesting about it, but that doesn't mean its bad.
Hope they add more pokemon from the other gens to Go!
Nah, pokémon go will never have the Pokémon of the latest gen. The Pokémon Company and Nintendo want more gamers and more attention, if you play Pokémon Go but not the Pokémon games, but you know someone that does or simply Google “Pokemon”, you’ll be seeing a lot of this new creatures you won’t be able to get, so you’ll end up buying a 3DS and a Pokémon game to please your collector needs.
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