Pokémon developer Game Freak has today shared a brand new trailer for Little Town Hero, its upcoming RPG previously known as 'Town'.
The game comes out on 16th October, releasing as a digital-only title that'll be available for $24.99. Considering we have less than a month before it's out, we're actually surprised that we haven't seen a whole lot more about the game, either through Direct-style presentations or even just across social media. We expected this to be something that Game Freak would be really shouting about, but perhaps not.
The last time we saw Little Town Hero was at the start of this month - when the name change was first revealed during a Nintendo Direct. If you missed it, a more in-depth video was shared at the time.
- A challenging battle system which relies heavily on coming up with new Ideas and strategies.
- Compact story progression designed with the busy gamer in mind.
- Soundtrack by Toby Fox, composer of the background music for UNDERTALE.
Here's hoping that the relative radio silence given to Little Town Hero is purely us overthinking things - we'll find out soon enough!
Are you looking forward to this? Will you be grabbing it before Pokémon Sword and Shield arrive the following month? Tell us below.
I like this and want to play it.
This better be worth them prioritizing this over Pokemon Sword and Shield.
I grow more and more skeptical of this game every time i see more info on it. With a lack of exploration and the combat system the way it is, I don't know if Toby Fox's music is enough to keep me interested. It seems like the concept for a mobile game
@Galenmereth I don’t either. Those are pretty much the only kind of games they’ve been making the last few years and they all suffer for it.
Digital only? That's not a good sign, if I was interest in this before then my interest has just drop down 70%.
@Saro they just want freedom to develop new things, it would honestly be better for Pokemons future door Nintendo to use a new studio
@Saro they've delayed Pokémon sword and shield to work on this? Where did you read that?
If it is good, 24.99 is enticing.
Undertale has the best soundtrack in any game ever made, period. I might not be interested in Little Town Hero, but if I can buy the soundtrack that would be an immeidate day one purchase
Ever trailer makes my wallet feel safer.
I'm not that interested in the game honestly but the soundtrack does sound like it's gonna be good if it's composed by Toby Fox. Might just get the soundtrack if possible.
I was kind of hoping to see a bit more on the combat and RPG elements. It looks interesting, I just think it needs some more in depth information, which I think the Japanese Direct trailer did better.
On another note, that beat it the trailer is pretty sick. I knew it was Toby Fox, but I'm still pleasantly surprised.
@Sabroni it's not that it delayed it, gamefreak recently said that their B team does pokemon, and their A team works on non pokemon projects these days
@retro_player_22 Why is that not a good sign? Plenty of phenomenal games are (or at least were until Limited Run/Fangamer) digital only
Blaster Master Zero
What remains of Edith Finch
Edit: Outer Wilds, Moonlighter, Creature in the Well, Yoku's Island Express
This list goes on and on. Digital only games can be great.
Where can a Snivey keep their wallet?
I am pretty excited for this one to be honest. It looks like a sub 20 hour RPG (totally guessing on this), which fits perfectly into my lifestyle ATM. I would love to get deep into a 60+ hour RPG however it would take me 8 months to complete lol
I am really looking forward to this and hope it does well.
@Sabroni they didn't. Instead they split the team up for development of both simultaneously. Keep in mind this is a company of 143, plus Game Freak admitted in an interview to be increasing priority of all other projects opposed to Pokemon. Desiring to Branch out is good, but this approach makes everything suffer. Worst case scenario for Pokemon: Pokemon migrates to mobile fully. That's been very profitable with Go and Masters.
@MisterWhen they have less than 200 employees......biggest franchise in the world and less than 200 employees......
@DsheroX This is sad, but you can see it in their work for sure
Hard pass. GameFreak just doesn't do quality games anymore. Splitting up their team to work on two projects doesn't help...
@Xaessya Obviously, they have trainers for holding things. Humans are handy!
I'm still keeping an eye on this one, but I'm not sure whether I'll get it yet. I need more info and will likely wait for reviews and other impressions before deciding if it's for me.
This may sound unfairly picky to some, but I'm trying to better prioritize which RPGs I pick up since they can be major timesinks. There are so many games and only so much time that I get to play them in....
I was really confused about how the game will play before this new trailer, but now I know you will use your eureka to battle foes
@Galenmereth you must not be a busy gamer, then!
@MisterWhen I agree, but keep in mind that could also mean a complete shift to mobile. That and the studio is not putting as much effort by splitting the team up and doing multiple projects at once. Double edged sword there.
@LoveEmpath this just further goes towards my point that another team would be a better idea for Pokemon, perhaps a bigger one but most importantly one that's passionate about it, not feeling trapped to make them like Game Freak are. Some people don't seem to remember that video games are art and passion is a big part of any art form, if the developers are making a game they don't really want to, it just won't be as good.
@XBontendo Not a good sign for me, this is a game I expect to be release physically especially from a dev that is very close to Nintendo. Reason why I also said it's not a good sign is cause it could potentially change its tune, it may be out as digital for a few months and then get physical at a later date which may or may not happen. For a dev that claims to be legendary, I expect better both in how they make their triple A games and how they would release them and not having options for us to choose just doesn't cut it.
@Saro a complete shift to mobile would be a very foolish move, they split the team because they just don't have passion for making Pokemon anymore, they want to do other things but are stuck making Pokemon, a new team could be very passionate in making a strong new entry in the franchise.
SHOW ME PIKACHU!!!!!
@MisterWhen I understand, series fatigue is a real thing, but even if they're not passionate now, would it kill them to have all hands on deck?Like they all work on for one Pokemon game, then have everyone do another non-Pokemon project after that's finished, then just repeat after that's done?
Edit: That or hire more people. They can EASILY afford to do that.
@Saro sadly not possible, the Pokemon game turnover is literally pretty much one goes into development very soon after the last one is released, wether it be a main series new entry, remake or otherwise.
The only real answer is finding a team who wants to make Pokemon games, not one that just dies it because they have to.
This game looks so boring, nothing special about it except that its made by Gamefreak. And thats not even a positive anymore...
@MisterWhen which is not an issue with the fanbase and how much money they rake in. Highest grossing franchise of ALL TIME. Even with just a chunk of the profits of their share, they have the money to make that happen.
@MisterWhen you completely tried or mistakenly misunderstood the point , they've had yearssssss to take the oppurtunity to hire ore employees to prevent the shortcomings they know face that have recieved international backlash.And you're failure to recognize this shows you as "part of the problem" a phrase that unfortunetly applies to you and those like you who fail to ask the questions of why is Pokemon Sword and shield half baked?A question and answer you seem oblivious to.
For GameFreak's sake I hope this game is amazing, 'cuz if this sucks and Pokemon sucks, they're going to look a special level of incompetent.
i don't like that it's coming out so soon and so close to pokemon, feels like they're giving neither proper attention... and this is a nothing trailer, 1 turn in a rpg and star power?
I can appreciate that it's not a full price game. But any digital only game over 20€ needs to be really, really convincing for me to buy it, and this is far from it.
Not one to put down a game before I've tried it, but I have been playing Game Freak games since Red, I know their style very well, and I'm not particularly impressed with this. Few of the details revealed so far for this title are pleasing beside its price point, and even fewer seem to fit the "spirit" of the Switch, which is to play any game anywhere in any way you wish.
This is essentially a mobile game with a focus on bite-sized gameplay to appeal to a casual audience, with a soundtrack by the same composer as Undertale (a dreadfully overrated indie game in my opinion — if you honestly think the "Undertale" soundtrack is superior to that of a master work like Ocarina Of Time, Skyrim, or the works of David Wise and Grant Kirkhope, I'm sorry you've lived your life this way and I hope you feel better soon). As a unique non-Pokemon Game Freak release on the Switch, it's a bit odd that their marketing for this title appears to be targeting a casual audience. This would be like taking a break from producing Sesame Street to market yet another children's show — you would think Game Freak would use this game as an opportunity to experiment and create a fresher, more involved experience, especially given the Switch is as much a home for "hardcore" titles like Breath Of The Wild, Skyrim, Witcher 3, etc. as it is to more traditionally casual titles.
Coupled with a bizarre digital-only release (which is practically unheard of for a Nintendo stripe-wearing first party development house like Game Freak — something tells me the longtime developer of the Pokemon series can afford to risk a loss on producing a physical release for a new IP), this game seems to be more of the same from Game Freak that ignores the aspects of the system it's developed for in favor of a more handheld-centric casual-friendly experience. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but this thread of missed opportunities is now disappointingly common with Game Freak titles. It would be nice to see them try something truly new or at least develop for the Switch rather than simply iterate on past works.
@LoveEmpath nope I answered the question, it is that way because they don't want to be making Pokemon games anymore, instead of focusing on the why, I was thinking towards a solution, which would be a new team, that does want to make Pokemon games, Nintendo are to blame just as much if not more, for not addressing this issue.
This is just another trailer showing a single battle screen which basically shows the same image we knew about for months.
"Compact story progression designed with the busy gamer in mind." further implies to me that there just isn't much going on in this game. I'm very sceptical about this game and will definitely wait on reviews for this one. They can slap on the tags "GameFreak" and "Toby Fox" all they want but that's not enough to make me through my money at the screen
@Saro I didn't say anything against that point, Nintendo would just be better using that money to find a new team who dies want to make Pokemon games, more money wouldn't effect the moral of people who simply just have no passion for making these games now.
Just waiting for the inevitable physical release from LRG.
Yea to me this doesn't look like anything special a dime in a dozen jrpg with a shonen protag we have seen a dozen times already hard pass not even Toby Fox could save this for me.
Looks more like a mobile phone game to me...
My 1st thought was, that this could be like one of those Guild01 games on the 3DS, which I think is mostly a good thing (I really had a good time with Crimson Shroud, which in many ways was also generic, but had enough interesting twists to make it stand out - at least for the couple of hours it took ^^).
I wanna say, it looks interesting, but I still have little to no idea what is going on with it. Hence I'll reserve any kind of judgement. To put a positive spin on it: I AM curious. There seem to be some ideas at play here, that could make for another interesting while short-lived experience.
GameFreak has made some very interesting side projects recently - loved HarmoKnight and especially Pocket Card Jockey - and they do this to keep their designers fresh for Pokemon projects given the demands for constant Pokemon content. This looks very interesting to me especially with Toby Fox’s involvement and I just hope the game is judged on its own merits and not framed by unhappiness about Pokemon
With this latest trailer, Little Town Hero strikes me as an indie-esque bare-bones prototype. Although, I'm impressed by the extra work to make this 3D, since most indie games still seem to be stuck on 2D.
And yes I know, they're not an actual indie dev, but their side games are definitely treated as such.
Honestly I don’t even know what to think of this game. I don’t hate it, but i’m not really interested in it. I like the concept, but this game honestly looks kinda boring. Maybe i’ll wait for reviews, and see what happens.
@Ulysses Their main games don't feel much better than indie games either.
Well the trailer was certainly compact.
I hope everyone knows that this is a 25 dollar game, not 60. So don't be so upset about the "smaller" scale.
I for one and really excited for this game.
@kooznim There's been bigger $25 games than this.
@Bolt_Strike clearly we both just have different tastes and expectations from video games. I for one loved pocket card jockey. If you don't like these types of games, as you said, there's plenty out there that seem to do it bigger and "better".
I like what I’ve seen so far, wish I could see more.
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