Pokemon GO has been a huge success financially, and culturally.
There is a chance that Game Freak could be modifying the Pokemon formula to rake in more cash with Pokemon Switch.
Game Freak is not a big studio, and it is surely a non trivial effort to produce a title almost every year.
I think there is a real chance that we could see Game Freak move the Pokemon series to a games as a service model.
Game Freak could either choose an expansion or microtransaction based model (or something else entirely).
In a expansion based model, Game Freak adds a new region, with a new story and we pay to add that to our version of the game.
A microtransaction based model could see us buying new gear and toys for our favorite Pokemon, to fund the addition of free content.
The increased power of the Switch, compared to the 3DS would allow Game Freak to make and use more modular assets, which would help them sell microtransactions.
Game Freak acquired Koa Games (a mobile studio) in 2015, and I don’t know of anything that has been released utilising Koa Games’ expertise...
Game Freak has seen how much money Pokemon GO brings in.
Get ready to pay up for some microtransactions.
Pokemon fans, are you willing to suffer microtransactions to reach the coveted: “all region Pokemon title”.
As a Pokemon fan, who found Sun & Moon’s player customisation, to be lacking: I, personally, would be willing to shovel out some cash to improve my trainer.
What do you want Pokemon Switch to be?