Pokemon COO finally responds to Scarlet & Violet’s polarizing launch

Director of Operations at The Pokemon Company Takato Utsunomiya He finally commented on Pokemon Scarlet & Violet has polarized critical and fan response.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet holds a strange place in the history of the series. On the one hand, the game is among the best-selling games in the series, with its numbers rivaling those of Pokemon Sword & Shield, as well as the first and second generation games.

Beyond the financial success, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet has been heavily criticized by fans and critics alike. This is due to frequent performance issues and disappointing visuals, which are unbecoming of the world’s biggest media franchise, not to mention Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s endless glitches.

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The Pokemon Company has issued statements about its desire to improve Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, but there has finally been an official comment from COO Takato Utsunomiya on the matter.

The Pokemon Company’s COO has responded to fan response to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

In a recent interview with WatchmanUtsunomiya was asked about the launch of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet regarding performance issues and glitches.

“Regardless of whether we respond publicly, we always pay very close attention to the comments and conversations taking place in communities,” Utsunomiya said.

“There are certain areas where we can’t always be 100% aligned with what parts of the community are asking for and what we want to deliver. But we do this out of our desire to keep Pokemon going for a very long time, and I think the fans and players are aligned with us in that regard.

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While Nintendo Canada apologized for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet at launch, Utunomiya wasn’t quite as forthcoming in terms of claiming responsibility for the shoddy release of the Gen 9 games. His comments were vague, and focused more on the company monitoring comments but not necessarily responding to them.

There was also not just a concrete promise to improve future games, but rather an interest in keeping the franchise going for as long as possible.

Despite all of its issues, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet has been a huge success, so there’s not as much incentive to change as there would be if there were a boycott or low sales. As such, Utsunomiya’s reaction may not be what longtime Pokemon fans want to hear about the future of the series.

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