Yesterday, we found out how Game Freak is attempting to create something "more exciting" than Pokémon in its upcoming Switch RPG, tentatively titled Town. Unfortunately, there's been little to no information about this new project since its initial September reveal in 2018.
All we do know is the game is set entirely within a small village and explores the aftermath of invading monsters. While we got a quick glimpse of the in-game battle mechanics during the original Nintendo Direct reveal (see below), Famitsu has now shared a brand-new screenshot of Game Freak's upcoming project, in a feature celebrating the company's 30th anniversary.
Game Freak programmer and director Masayuki Onoue revealed the company is currently prioritising original pitches and ideas over Pokémon, in a company initiative known as Gear Project. The aim with projects such as Town is to help staff gain experience and stay refreshed.
Town is due out on the Switch eShop later this year. Do you like the look of the battle system in this game? Tell us below.
Really interested in seeing how this one turns out. It looks pretty good so far.
I've had my eye on this one for a while can't wait to see how it turns out. And I've known this as Town for so long now i kinda hope they don't change it.
It looks like a cluttered mess. Reminds me of Xenoblade.
@MsJubilee If it were more like Xenoblade, that could only be a good thing. Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2 are my favorite and second favorite RPGs of all time.
I really like the art-style, but the premise just sounds so... limited. I wonder if this is going to be a short, budget experience? Either way, it looks way better than most of Game Freak's non-Pokemon IP.
@MsJubilee It should be so lucky. Xenoblade 2 is one of the best games on the system.
@Heavyarms55 Same here.
I saw people in reddit saying the game is a grafical mess now here too. WTF with the peoples standars of a good game nowadays. I know everyone have their own opinion but man, so far this game looks like a good one.
@Venus_Adept "so far this game looks like a good one." You barely seen 35 seconds of the game, that's enough?
@MsJubilee “looks like” key words 😂🤦♂️ Child
@Zeldan64fan Thank you for correcting me.
I'd be cool if this had life sim elements, like how Fantasy Life was a mix of Animal Crossing and action RPG.
@MsJubilee you too. I mean you see 35 seconds too and you reach to the conclusion that the game is "a cluttered mess" thats enough for you?
@Venus_Adept I was talking about the screenshot. That's why i said "It reminds of Xenoblade".
@MsJubilee Ok i can see how it reminds you of Xenoblade. But what i dont understand is how this is a mess. Please explain me, maybe im missing something.
@Venus_Adept The two text boxes in both sides, the icons around the character, the buttons on top of those icons and the other icons next to the monster. To me that looks like a cluttered mess, but i can change my opinion when the final product releases.
Based on screenshot, the Battle system might be similar like Earthlock.
But i still wonder about the number icons shown on the 6 command circles. 🤔
@MsJubilee So you were talking about the UI. You should say it before now i see your point (I though you were talking about the graphics). Is true that is a lot of options right there but i think they say you play with only one character (and the town people help you) not the regular party you have in a jrpg. So i think the battle system needs to be more intricate than normal to stand interesting, thats the reason (in my opinion) of the numerous ui elements.
Looks nice, though that battle UI reminds me of Xenoblade in a bad way...
Hum this looks like a fairly screenshot. Yes, it certainly looks like a screenshot.
@Anti-Matter Ugh! Earthlock. What a disappointment.
But i'm interested with Earthlock.
I have tried the Demo version (Switch) & Wii U version.
Hmmm... it looks like it could be turn-based just like Pokemon but that's only in looks. It could be real time and that was probably just menu selection similar to the Tales games.
I love me some bright and colorful rpgs
I'm not excited. giga wrecker looked meh. but I don't even play pokemon so I must be the wrong demographic
Well, we don't know really know anything about the game so far, but I like the visual direction it's going at
Looking forward for it. I hope it still has a chance of getting some time for itself at E3 although they will be pushing pokemon
I'm interested in Town and do want to see more. But I swear to god if Sword and Shield are held back in ANY WAY in terms of content - I'm basically going to swear off Pokemon then. Because clearly they don't care about the IP anymore and fans have started getting bored with it too. I love Pokemon to death and always thought it was fine as is, but to put the worlds biggest IP second to their own projects tells me they don't care about their fanbase at all. We're second-fiddle to their own stuff. And that's seriously bad.
I am hoping for a mix RPG/sim like Ever Oasis
Nintendo has never cared about their fanbase so get used to it or boycott them, i don't really care.
That said, town kinda reminds me of another game you start out in a village with a sealed gate and arent allowed to leave then one night the gate gets broke down and monsters invade and you have to go to the tree in middle of town for a bracelet or something.
Towns premise could be interesting, the graphics are definitely in nintendicks style which is nice, also from the video it seems to be turn based like FFX but without a party, which is fine, at first i felt the game was cluttered from the screenshot but the 30 second video kinda cleared that up.
With all that said my main concern is content, nintendick loves nickel and diming us so im a little worried it might be 60$ for the game and 20$ or more for dlc + amiibos ranging from 10$-50$ a pop, granted the card sets are much cheaper.
@ThatNyteDaez I’ve been a fan of Pokémon for so long, but I’ve been really hoping for them to make some changes for a while now. Hearing Game Freak say they want to make something “more exciting than Pokémon” and that they’re prioritising that over Pokémon just sounds weird and concerning.
They could make Pokémon itself more exciting, rather than trying to upstage it with a new IP. A new Pokémon game that looks like it’s making real evolutions to the formula could help the team stay refreshed, it doesn’t need to always be the same thing.
@cacnea310 Yeah, Pokemon has been getting pretty stale for myself aswell. Mostly because of GameFreak's approach of introducing new features and then removing them again in the next games (eg. rebattling trainers, day/night cycles, following Pokemon ... the list is long). Couple that with the fact that we still only have access to one save file and no new game+ option for the sake of selling extra game copies/Pokemon Bank.
The thing is, Pokemon sells millions of copies so they won't change it up anytime soon which is a shame considering Pokemon could be so much more.
@MsJubilee Xenoblade is way more cluttered IMO. Stuff on each corners, numbers in the middle.
Getting a nice Wind waker style vibe from this one.
@johnvboy thats an insult zelda 🌚
@MsJubilee I agree I was like man that screenshot has a lot going on, but we'll see how it turns out since I like pokemon games I'll be giving it a shot.
Hoping to hear more about this at E3.
@Anti-Matter By all means., play it. Just wanted to express that, for me, it was too repetitive and dull for a JRPG, especially for a group of characters designed with quite a bit of charm. Would like to know your thoughts after you play it.
I can't wait to see what GameFreak pulls out of their hat when they're saying that they're trying to do something "more exciting than Pokemon." All I see here is potential.
@Neft ...ah, the classic Nintendo-hating troll who creates a profile and comments a TL;DR on a Nintendo-focused site. 😂
Always amusing. Always pathetic.
I'll be keeping an eye on this one. Hopefully more info surfaces around E3. It's way too early for me to pass judgment on this yet.
...On a semi-related note, I still need to pick up Harmoknight.
@ThatNyteDaez That's one of the most preposterously arrogant things I've ever heard in my life. What an entitled brat you sound like. They don't owe you Pokemon games. Pokemon constantly gets new entries, development and attention. If they decide to turn a few resources away to work on other projects as well, that's their business. It doesn't mean a damn thing about how much they care about their fan base. Clearly you don't give a s**t about anything other than your own immediate satisfaction because you don't care if they're working on something they want to work on so long as you get your Pokefix. Christ. Get some perspective.
@Neft That's laughable. There isn't a large studio in the world that cares more about their fans.
Really loving the art style!
@Neft that game is legend of legaia, if this one is anything like it, i'm all in hahaha
Astral Chain instantly grabbed me, but Town is currently not on my list. What was shown in the direct was not enough to excite me, since the mechanics were briefly shown (looks very generic). Hopefully GameFreak can change that by explaining the mechanics at E3 and showing more gameplay (variety in monsters, extra features, etc.).
Also, the combat HUD changed a lot since the last time we saw it. What's up with that?
Looks like a lot of choices which could mean rich strategy elements.
As long as each of those numbers aren’t a pay-to-loot-box mechanic, I’n still very interested!
The screen does look really cluttered though, here's hoping they clean things up a little.
@Neft So in your reality, Nintendo nickel and dimes its customers. Because in mine, a good majority of their games are filled to the brim with content from the start.
@ThatNyteDaez I get the concern. But nothing in that article suggested that Pokémon wasn't being taken seriously or that they don't care anymore. At least that's not what I took from it. But I get it. It's kind of the perception (right or wrong) on the franchise at the moment based on some game design choices many didn't like. I certainly hope they improve in some areas from Gen 7. But I'm not gonna assume they don't care
So digital only then?
@UmbreonsPapa because they do.
I got the 100% meter on zelda without dlc soon as i bought it there were more korok locations more shrines etc... That basically doubled the games content getting to even 60 shrines without the DLC was a chore, theres also a few challenge shrines etc.. That are only available through it.
Maybe if you paid attention to content before/after buying dlc youd see it as well.
Hell if im not mistaken it adds 700 more koroks
@UmbreonsPapa theres a possibility that gen 8 or 9 will be open world.
Similar to zelda botw
@penamiguel92 it was most likely a tech mock up of the hud just to kinda get the idea of it, devs do things like this on occasion so testers have an idea of whats going on, they also give feedback thats actually listened to and then they take that into account + the other devs opinions and maybe even the lead designer and flesh it out more untill they feel comfortable
@Deltath you sound like a fanboy.
Everything I've seen from nintendo and complaints from actual fanbase/userbase largely dictates otherwise, you can keep thinking they care but they honestly don't
@NImH the real troll is the one that attempts an argument using tl;dr while keying in on a very small part of whats typed.
Keep doing you 👌
@Zebrahead yea i played it with my sister for like 3 days a long ass time ago, i googled it and did a video check it kinda looks like it but idk.
If you tame monsters and such thats definitely it or maybe one of its sequels
@Neft Obviously not everything. I just said the opposite. But that goes against the narrative you wrote. The fan base has never been more satisfied and while you can attempt to discount reality and facts by simply saying I'm a "fanboy", it doesn't change anything. Sales are through the roof because people want what Nintendo is selling. Nintendo has always been pretty tone deaf and march to the beat of their own drum, but they've done a great job the last few years of actually listening to the fans. That's a sentiment you can find on every gaming website, YouTube channel, forum, etc. At the end of the day, they're all companies trying to make money, but none of them have ever sacrificed profit the way Nintendo does to address fan concerns.
@Deltath sacrificed profit? Cutting out core characters of the Zelda franchise like say Epona - Links horse and re-selling it for 20-50$ or however much it is when its actually in stock, only giving maybe 60% of the game and giving the other 40% in a 20$ DLC + other outfits that help in game in other amiibos + making it be a gacha roll and making you want to buy 2-3 of the same one because its a once a day roll.
Thats only 1 example but its pretty damn recent, im not against DLC or pre-order goods but i am against the rest, yea ill admit i have all 22 botw amiibos.
I never said they didnt want it ijs their screwing their customerbase a bit harder than the others while doing it, ill also admit when the upgraded switch releases ill likely buy it to or do a trade in.
Idk where your reading these comments but everything i find says otherwise
@Neft They didn't cut out "core" characters and force you to buy them. I'm not even sure what you're talking about. Is Epona an Amiibo bonus or something? Who cares. It's not content. It's not gameplay. It's a horse skin for Breath of the Wild, I assume. Saying they're screwing their customer base a little bit harder while doing it is just insane. Breath of the Wild is one of the biggest, deepest open world games ever created and the game launched in a complete, near perfect state. So many other AAA games arrive as a buggy mess with tons of incomplete content. Look at Anthem or Mass Effect Andromeda or Street Fighter V or DoA 6 or tons of other games. Nintendo puts out complete games every time. They don't out out games effectively in beta, then sell you the rest in tons of DLC packs. They've made very few DLC packs and the ones they make are huge and add tons to their respective games, like Splatoon 2, Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade 2... Hell, they literally made an entire prequel game and gave it away as part of the expansion pass in Xenoblade 2.
They also make OUTRAGEOUS amounts of free content. Most developers make no free content for their games. Nintendo has made just loads of content for all of their games on the Switch and almost all of it has been free. ARMS, Splatoon 2, Kirby Star Allies, Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Xenoblade 2 and so on have all gotten some (or a ton) of free content. People also like to [removed] about the online service but no one in the industry is offering a family plan like Nintendo that ends up costing just over $4 a year. And the voucher system? That's basically 20% off all of their new games. Also, recent interviews with their mobile partners have revealed Nintendo forced them to heavily minimize micro transactions because they cared about their public image more than just making money. So yes, all of those are huge examples of sacrificed profit that most companies would never do.
@Deltath the voucher system being good? If you dont buy games that are like 55$ or more its actually not a discount at all, yea it saves you 20 bucks, only good for a year and i recall reading about it only being sold till x date? Havent actually looked into it because i dont drop 100$ or more unless its for a new system usually.
Also you clearly arent a fan of the zelda series if you didn't know epona prior to botw it is infact one of the iconic characters be it a horse its still well known amongst those that have played the games other than majoras mask and botw.
As for the subscription its only there to cut back on micro transactions most likely as the proceeds probably go to server uptime, as far as the family pack goes, personally i have a single acc sub i pay about 3 bucks a month or 20$ a year for annual sub, considering in japan alone 8million units have been moved lets assume 70% of them have the service lets say 50% of that 70 has the family plan you claim is 4 bucks a year. So 5.6million half of that is family plan so 2.3million, thats 9.2million a year just from japan off of family plans.
So looking at it mathed out they most likely calculated for a large userbase and set it lower to generate more, since "oh just 5$".
My whole point amiibos are content that should be DLC or included with game at time of purchase you realize SSB has like 73 amiibos? If not more that unlocks characters to use.
So instead of it being dlc bundles or unlock through play its "buy this figurine" which conveniently costs more overall than the DLC believe a smash set runs about 650+ and thats on the cheap end
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