UK news publication The Guardian has published a new interview with The Pokémon Company COO, Takato Utsunomiya. One of the questions put to Mr. Utsunomiya is the unfortunate state that the latest adventures Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, launched in. You may remember that upon the game’s release, players flocked to social media to show off a range of glitches and issues they had found within the games. While Mr. Utsunomiya wouldn’t directly comment, he said that they are always paying close attention to the Pokémon community and while they won’t concede to all fan requests, the feedback is something that they have been listening to.
It has not all been rosy for Pokémon in recent years. 2022’s games, Scarlet and Violet, were visually underwhelming and plagued with bugs (of the technical kind, rather than the cutesy collectible kind), their poor technical performance inciting backlash the franchise had never seen before.
“Regardless of whether we publicly respond, we’re always paying very close attention to the feedback and conversations happening in the communities,” Utsunomiya says. “There are certain aspects where we can’t always be 100% aligned with what parts of the community are asking for and what we want to provide. But we do this with the desire to keep Pokémon going for a very long time, and I believe that the fans and players are aligned with us in that respect.”