You will be pleased to know that Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has explained that Pokken Tournament isn’t Tekken with Pokemon as some of you may have thought. Instead it is a fighter that is specifically developed with Pokemon fans in mind. Harada also says that Pokken Tournament isn’t made for established fighting game players, which presumably means it will be extremely accessible, but will have plenty of depth for more experienced players.
“It’s a solid versus game, but at its core, it’s an action game for Pokémon fans. People might think that because we’ve worked on games like Tekken and Soul Calibur or because of the name ‘Pokkén,’ that this game is made for established fighting game players, but I’d like to come straight out and say ‘no, it isn’t.’”
“The tech to make the game and the knowhow behind the massive amount of animations comes from our experience working on the games we’ve made before, but with the gameplay, we’ve set our sights on Pokémon fans.”
“Having the camera looking at the characters facing each other from the side with their stamina bars on the top left and right of the screen is an established fighting game format, but that’s something that experienced fighting game players can understand on instinct.” Harada explained. “That might give Pokémon fans the impression that the game is harder than it is, so we’ve intentionally gotten rid of that. Newcomers should especially focus on blocking.”