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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:40 am 
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Development update!

It's not a Pokémon game without the Pokémon right?

We're in the process of planning out the list of Pokémon that will make an appearance or can be obtained by the player at some point in the game. Of the 721 known Pokémon, we plan to include roughly 480 of them, with about 450 of them you can own as a player (not in one playthrough, though).

Pokémon will be separated into different categories:

    1. Scripted encounters: for example, Charmander from your homeroom class is a scripted encounter. You will always be able to obtain scripted Pokémon in every playthrough.

    2. Wild Pokémon: there are a handful of Pokémon that are planned to be catchable. Of course, this depends completely on a Pokémon catching engine that we have not developed yet.

    3. Events: certain Pokémon can be obtained after completing prerequisites. For example, we plan to include Pokémon fossils. After you fulfill some kind of conditions, you can obtain, for example, a Tyrunt.

    4. Gifts: if you want to obtain certain Pokémon unavailable through any of the above means, this is likely the go-to method.

    Here's the idea. When you achieve maximum relationship points with another character (male or female; this is unrelated to romance), you have the option to receive a Pokémon that is of the same species as one in their party. For example, you want your own Bulbasaur? Well, some time later in the game, if you manage to achieve max points with Leaf, she'll give you a Bulbasaur egg.

    Based on how the game's calendar is expected to be constructed, you won't be able to obtain every single Pokémon the game has to offer, but each playthrough can show you something new if you decide to befriend different characters. This plays into the gameplay of making choices matter; who you talk to, how you interact with them, and all at the same time, how you manage the time to progress the main storyline.

That said, all of this is a work in progress. Let us know your thoughts!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:51 am 
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I have to say, I'm definitely liking how this is looking.

Even if the wild pokemon catching engine (hypothetically) becomes too complicated to see through, it stills looks like we'll have a wide variety of pokemon to help keep each playthrough interesting.

I'm especially looking forward to the "gifts". Though I have a question; if we reach maximum relationship points with a person, and we have confirmation that character has multiple pokemon at the time

(Like for example, I believe it was stated Leaf has a Nidoran at home she'll be bringing back...might be wrong on that, trying to pull this just from memory.)

Would we be able to pick an egg between any of the pokemon the aforementioned character has on their team (using my example, say, we could get either a Bulbasaur Egg, or a Nidoran Egg) or would it be just one set pokemon from that character every time?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:54 am 
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Burakoru wrote:
I'm especially looking forward to the "gifts". Though I have a question; if we reach maximum relationship points with a person, and we have confirmation that character has multiple pokemon at the time

(Like for example, I believe it was stated Leaf has a Nidoran at home she'll be bringing back...might be wrong on that, trying to pull this just from memory.)

Would we be able to pick an egg between any of the pokemon the aforementioned character has on their team (using my example, say, we could get either a Bulbasaur Egg, or a Nidoran Egg) or would it be just one set pokemon from that character every time?

You got it. That's the idea. You'll be able to pick one Pokémon species out of the ones currently in that player's party.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:58 am 
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VisualJae wrote:
Burakoru wrote:
I'm especially looking forward to the "gifts". Though I have a question; if we reach maximum relationship points with a person, and we have confirmation that character has multiple pokemon at the time

(Like for example, I believe it was stated Leaf has a Nidoran at home she'll be bringing back...might be wrong on that, trying to pull this just from memory.)

Would we be able to pick an egg between any of the pokemon the aforementioned character has on their team (using my example, say, we could get either a Bulbasaur Egg, or a Nidoran Egg) or would it be just one set pokemon from that character every time?

You got it. That's the idea. You'll be able to pick one Pokémon species out of the ones currently in that player's party.


Oooh, really looking forward to this then.... also, your use of the word "currently" makes me ponder...

Follow-up question then. Will there be points (potentially plot-based, potentially not) where characters change their pokemon teams, thus making it so you can get certain pokemon only at specific times from different people? Or will they essentially have the same team throughout the years you are with these people?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:28 pm 
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Sounds really cool! Mmmmmmm any chance we'll see a list of available Pokemon? At least those planned?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:49 pm 
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Looks good.
For the Events part - there could be Tournaments, Quizzes and of course anything else you've planned. Maybe the school could reward you at the end of each year in some way too (other than passing) if you have behaved well and had success.

Any insight on how much will our Pokemon(s) will have impact on the gaming playthrough/experience? For example, not being able to access an island by water (without taking a boat, or someone else giving you a ride) if you do not own a Pokemon with Surf. Or will the other people acknowledge the Pokemons you are using/having in your party?

Will the list of Pokemons that are going to be available get published at some point? Thanks in advance.

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Seems pretty similar to how I imagined it being.

480 Pokémon seems like a lot of mons to make art for though. Even if its just 1 image each, it might take a while without some help.

I'm interested to see how this develops.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:47 pm 
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It certainly will be plenty of work.

As for publicly sharing a list of Pokémon, we won't be doing that, sorry! First of all, we don't want to release anything we can't guarantee to be final. Plus, we want to spoil too much.


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I, personally, would not want a list of the available pokemon. It would take away from the excitement and mystery of playing through the story and discovering them. Scripted ones would become obvious and perhaps, in some cases, boring after a few times of going through. Although I understand coding can be time-consuming, even for a small number of choices.

I can certainly see evolution as an event form of gaining a new pokemon, however there should be the option of cancelling or otherwise keeping an evolutionary pokemon in its current form. Plus, doing so should not stop that pokemon's strength/level from increasing. Think of it like cancelling evolution in the games in order to learn a certain move.

I do like the idea of 'gifts' being in the form of eggs, however I'd rather those be randomized from that person's current party. It can be a show of how well they know our portrayal of our character that way. It could be based on a type elective they share, or something else they have in common, like a club. Also, they wouldn't mention what kind of egg it is, that way it would be more exciting. I would imagine there to be an egg caring interaction opportunity each day, with a tutorial explaining it when receiving an egg for the first time. Given by whoever gives the first egg, of course, or your roommate might be easier. Of course, your roommate could even be the first person you receive an egg from, depending on play-style/options.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:13 am 
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We haven't mentioned it yet, but combat will not be a carbon copy of the variety you see in the core series games. This means evolution, learnsets, etc. will not be the same. Elements will certainly be there, but don't expect Pikachu to always learn Thunderbolt at level 26 or 29 or 42. Stats will not follow the official games as well because there is no way to properly balance the Pokémon you can receive and what others can receive while also retaining flavor.

As for randomizing what you get, we are not going to do that. The reason is people will want a specific Pokémon. And if you force players to go random, they'll keep resetting until they get what they want, which means dealing with unnecessary frustration. If you want random, you can make it random for yourself in other ways, like closing your eyes and spam clicking random spots on your screen or spamming up/down arrows when prompted with a list of choices.

How would you like it if you're forced into two type electives without choice? Some people might like the surprise, but what about the people who want to choose two specific types? Reset until you get them? There are 18 types, meaning there is a 1 in 153 chance you'll get the two types you want. What about when you're replaying and you don't want to play Dark and Fighting again?

In a party of Pokémon, sure you'd deal with a 1 in 6 chance, but you're still likely to NOT get what you want. Frustration.

There are times for random choices and times when random does far more damage than good. And especially in a visual novel, a game that is heavily dependent on player control and choices, random is generally not good.


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