No Pokemon X & Y DLC Says Art Director Ken Sugimori

No Pokemon X & Y DLC

DLC would “Ruin the Worldview” of the Pokemon World

Just when every series seems like it includes some form of paid DLC (downloadable content bought to add on to a game one already owns), Pokemon’s art director Ken Sugimori states that he is strongly against implementing DLC in the franchise.  

Pokemon, which recently released its newest game versions Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, is all about the adventure to find the many different kinds of Pokemon and capture them.  It is about capturing as many Pokemon as you can to battle and then to trade with other players for the ones you cannot get.

Pokemon Art Director Ken Sugimori

Pokemon Art Director Ken Sugimori

Paying for Pokemon in a DLC pack would, therefore, completely “ruin the worldview” of the series according to Sugimori:

Whatever we do, we make sure it fits the worldview, and make sure it remains consistent. Those are some of the parts we place a great amount of importance into.


He goes on to describe the logistical problems with implementing Pokemon DLC:

Therefore, suppose we sell a Pokémon for 100 yen, then we must prepare something that is worthy of that 100 yen, along with a reasonable consent for doing so.

Despite the incompatibility of DLC with the worldview of Pokemon, developer giveaways of special rare Pokemon do take place at paid events.  Sugimori thinks of this type of activity as a wholly different concept from DLC and argues that it fits well with the Pokemon worldview:

It’s not that we only want to distribute [Pokémon], but we want to give our customers a taste of a ‘new experience’.

The difference, in this author’s view, is that these sort of events are times in which Pokemon aficionados come together.  It is a community event and the new rare Pokemon that are distributed are introduced in this sort of environment that is at the heart of the Pokemon system.  Pokemon has always been about getting together from friends to battle and to trade, so these sort of events facilitate the worldview of the trading, competing Pokemon players.

Pokemon EventPokemon X and Pokemon Y sold an estimated four million copies in its opening weekend and about 1.8 million copies just in Japan during the first week.  Apparently a known game breaking bug is currently being addressed by Nintendo; until this patch comes out, players should be very cautious about saving their game in Lumiose City as the file might be erased.

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