In a recent interview with Video Game Chronicle Pokémon game series developer Game Freak has stated that the company is currently prioritising new original projects over the Pokémon franchise. It stands to reason that some of the developers need a break from the beloved series, so those developers are working on other projects and can return to the Pokémon series with new eyes. This move also helps to keep the series fresh as the teams learn new skills.
“There are two different production teams here, simply named Production Team 1 and Production Team 2,” Onoue explained. “Team 1 is fully dedicated to Gear Project, while Team 2 is for the Pokémon operation.”
“What that means is that Game Freak as a company is prioritising Gear Project, which is production team number one, more than Pokémon in general. We are always trying to create something that is equally exciting, or more exciting than Pokémon.
“There is a lot of back-and-forth between Team 1 and Team 2,” he added. “One of the interesting things is that Team 2, which is dedicated to Pokémon, only knows about specific platforms.
“So with Team 2, engineers can learn about other platforms that they might not have touched before. By mixing up the teams we are able to create this interesting synergy.”