What kind of person in a team goes ahead and does something without even checking with his superiors and colleagues? Piki Geek writers of course, but also apparently Pokemon Generation 0 developer, Mike Wakefield.
A while back, Mike posted a poll asking fans if they wanted Gyarados to be a Dragon/Water pokemon, straying away from pre-established canon. Mike’s defense was that Gyarados was originally intended to be a Dragon, so it’s okay. Fair enough. Kind of. The game was built to present the backstory of Red/Blue in a game rather than the movie but fine. I guess.
Recently, a new poll has been posted asking if fans want the developers to add “Completely new pre-evolutions and evolutions of pre-existing pokemon?”. Despite the fact this raises a whole bunch of questions (why weren’t these pokemon in Red/Blue?), it also shows just how far the game is straying from the canon. Sure, if they were asking if we wanted Pichu and Igglybuff and such, I might be inclined to sympathize, but to make up completely new pokemon and ignore the canon they worked ever so hard to follow?
One comment on the poll said “But if you have a cool idea like some sort of common ancestor of mouse pokemon then go right ahead.” What people seem to be forgetting is that this game is not millions of years in the past, where pokemon and people are crawling out of the primordial sludge, it is set barely 60 years ago, which is not enough time for any major evolution to happen. Sure, some pokemon might look a little different, and some manmade pokemon may not exist, this has all been discussed. But for that level of evolution to occur it would have to be hundreds or thousands, if not tens of thousands of years.
If the development continues like this, I can quickly see it scrapping all pretense of following the canon, before finally devolving into one of the many pokemon rip off games with all new pokemon. I for one am sorely disappointed, and hope to see it turn around.