The Argument For and Against Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to Get The Black and White Treatment
Leaks continue to circulate about the future of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and with the imminent release of the Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLCs, some speculate that Generation 9 will unveil a grander plan. Certain fans have even begun theorizing about potential sequels to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, drawing parallels to the successful sequels of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 in Generation 5. Arguments have emerged both in favor of and against this possibility.
In the first four generations of the Pokemon main series, a distinct pattern emerged. Each generation began with two contrasting versions, such as Pokemon Red and Blue or Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Typically, a “follow-up version” would then be released, expanding upon the original with new features, content, and occasionally new Pokemon. However, Generation 5 broke this pattern by introducing two follow-up versions that were actual sequels, offering a completely new story that continued the narrative of Black and White, rather than simply revamped versions of the originals. Since then, this approach has not been repeated, but it may be on the horizon for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Why Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Could Benefit from Sequels:
Direct sequels to Scarlet and Violet have the potential to enhance a captivating region that currently lacks depth in gameplay. While the original Paldea games had their moments, such as the emotionally resonant Arven and Mabostiff storyline, they often prioritized arbitrary new villain teams over more intriguing aspects, like the DLC’s titular Area Zero and the unexplored school introduced in the beginning. Similar to Black 2 and White 2, sequels to Scarlet and Violet could serve as an opportunity for Game Freak to refine the experimental elements of one of its most unconventional generations. Additionally, it would be refreshing to see an increased roster of available Pokemon, surpassing the quantity seen in recent years. Pokemon Sword and Shield, with all its DLCs, offers over 600 Pokemon out of the nearly 900 in existence at that time. It is likely that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, with its DLCs, will follow a similar trend, and the sequels could potentially introduce even more Pokemon. While many have given up hope of ever seeing a complete National Dex in future main-series Pokemon games, Scarlet and Violet sequels that reach the 800-900 Pokemon range would come remarkably close.
Why Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Sequels May Pose Challenges for Game Freak:
The initial release of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet did not meet the expectations of many players. While the core gameplay was commendable, numerous bugs and technical issues left players dissatisfied, leading to questions about Game Freak’s rapid development cycle in relation to its small team. The endgame content mainly consisted of Tera Raids, which further disappointed some players. If Game Freak maintains its current development cycle without making significant changes, it is reasonable to assume that Scarlet and Violet sequels could suffer from similar technical problems. It would be ideal if the new Generation 9 games were more polished and delivered the intended experience for Scarlet and Violet. However, if Game Freak attempts to pack too much into the sequels, it could potentially result in a similar mess as the initial release. Nevertheless, Game Freak may not feel the need to deviate from this formula, given the resounding commercial success of Scarlet and Violet, despite the technical performance concerns.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are currently available for Nintendo Switch.
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Leaks are continuing to swirl around the future of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as they always do, and with the Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLCs just around the corner, some are theorizing that this next step in Generation 9 will factor into a much larger plan. Some fans have begun to theorize about the possibility of sequels to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet similar to the Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 sequels in Generation 5. There are arguments for why this could be a good thing, or why it may be for the best if it never happens.
The first four generations of Pokemon main series titles all fell into a very distinct pattern. The generation kicks off with the two contrasting versions, Pokemon Red and Blue or Pokemon Diamond and Pearletc. This pattern usually included a “follow-up version” that typically added things like features, new content, and sometimes new Pokemon. Generation 5 changed all of this, first off by doing two follow-up versions instead of just one, and second by making them actual sequels with a completely new story that continues Black and Whiterather than just revamped versions of the original like in the past. This hasn’t happened since, but it may be happening with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Why Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Could Use Sequels
Direct sequels to Scarlet and Violet could be a great way to expand upon a fascinating region with a somewhat lackluster gameplay as of right now. The original Paldea games had their moments, like the Arven and Mabostiff storyline that made just about everyone tear up a little, but overall they spent too much time focusing on things like the game’s arbitrary new villain team and not enough time focusing on the actually interesting stuff like the titular Area Zero for the DLC and the fact that there is an entire school the player is never really obligated to return to or explore after the introductory section.
Like Black 2 and White 2, Scarlet and Violet sequels could be a way for Game Freak to refine all of the elements that were put into one of its most experimental generations thus far. It would also be nice to see the number of available Pokemon pushed to a level that hasn’t been seen in recent years. With all of the DLCs, Pokemon Sword and Shield has more than 600 Pokemon, out of the almost 900 in existence at that time, available for players to catch.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will likely have a similar ratio once its DLCs are released, and the sequels could include all of those plus even more. At this point, many have lost hope that a main-series Pokemon game will ever have a full National Dex again, but if Scarlet and Violet sequels could push into the 800-900 Pokemon range, it would come awfully close.
Why Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Sequels Could be Too Much For Game Freak
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet didn’t release in a good state that many players were satisfied with. The core gameplay is great, but the numerous bugs and technical issues rubbed many players the wrong way and left more questioning Game Freak’s current rapid development cycle relative to its small team, and the endgame mainly consists of Tera Raids.
If nothing changes about that development cycle, there’s no real reason to believe that Scarlet and Violet sequels would feel any less buggy than what came before. It would be great if new Generation 9 games came around that felt more polished and overall like the originally intended experience for Scarlet and Violetbut if Game Freak tries to load too much more in there, it could wind up being as big of a mess as the first time around. Of course, that isn’t necessarily a box Game Freak is trying to break out of, considering the victoriously high sales for Scarlet and Violet despite the technical performance complaints.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available now for Nintendo Switch.
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