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EA Was Working On Its Own Pokémon Competitor

In some more interesting news, EA was apparently working on its own Pokémon competitor. The news comes direct from former EA employee Nic Watt. The Pokémon style clone was set to make its debut on handheld platforms and Watt explained that there was a lot of prototyping going on to perfect the formula. It is not known what the current state of the project is but it would no doubt have been rather interesting to say the least.

“Working with EA was a completely different experience [to working with a small studio] as we had the longest prototyping period I’ve had for any game I’ve worked on: it was amazing. EA wanted this game where the idea and it was going to be their Pokémon game. They didn’t have an RPG in the handheld space and they really wanted one. We did a lot of paper-based prototyping for the battle mechanics and even made a whole card game. Then we got the people from Criterion – who worked on Burnout and with the studio – in [to test it]. That’s the good thing when you have a company of 300 people, you can just ask “do you guys want to come in and play our game for the afternoon.” The team did find it hard because the prototyping was so long, and a lot of things got reset from time to time. But by the time I left, it still had not hit full production and I know that was really tough for a lot of people.”

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15 comments

  1. Definitely sounds like an interesting project, especially coming from EA.
    But I’m kinda worried about what the “monsters” may have looked like :P

  2. I wonder if it’s still being considered. There aren’t really any handhelds left for EA to develop for. Vita is dying and they’re simply not developing for Nintendo platforms right now.

    Either way, it won’t affect me. My support for EA is officially on hold right now.

  3. I don’t get excited for any games that EA makes ever since what they did to Star Wars Battlefront… However, if they or somebody else, made a successful game that was in direct competition with Pokemon, I’d be very happy. Pokemon needs competition to grow. And, while I believe that Yokai Watch has pushed the series a little (just look at all the immense changes and fresh ideas in Sun and Moon!), I would like to see the games go even further because there is so much potential.

  4. I got an idea for a Pokemon GO clone EA can use: SporGuys GO! It’s a mobile game where you can find & catch different sports guys for your own fantasy team of either Football, Baseball, Basketball, etc. Famous names like Dan Marino, Babe Ruth, or Michael Jordan can be caught with the flick of a Sporgball for your very own fantasy booking team! EA, you can pay me 3 million upfront for this idea! You’re welcome.

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