A few new details have trickled out regarding the recently announced Pokemon fighting game called Pokken Tournament.
In an interview with Famitsu [via Siliconera], Masaaki Hoshino confirmed that Namco Bandai is roughly 30% done with the game’s development, implying that it is a pretty far ways off. In the same interview though, Katsuhiro Harada confirmed that Mega Evolutions will be a part of the game and talked about how the game will balance between Pokemon that can and cannot utilize Mega Evolution.
“When you think about Mega Evolution, there are those [Pokémon] that do Mega Evolve and those that don’t, so you might wonder what happens to the ones that don’t,” says Harada. “We’ve already thought of plenty of things like that since the early planning stage, in order to make it more like a Pokémon game.
“That’s how we’re thinking of shaping this game into one with an emphasis on Pokémon’s way of playing, along with many of the game’s own ideas as well,” he adds.
When asked how many Pokemon are likely to make up the game’s roster, Hoshino spoke as if there are plans to have a pretty expansive roster. Considering just how many Pokemon there are, it looks like there will be a lot of them for the studio to choose from, especially since the game won’t be limited to Fighting types.
“…I believe that the general direction that current fighting games are trending towards having more characters,” adds Hoshino. “I also believe that getting a grasp of how to play as all the characters is a big part of the fun, and as far expanding that goes, we’re thinking of starting with Pokémon that are easy to understand, and with a nice range of movements and ways to play.”
Pokken Tournament is coming to arcades sometime in 2015.