The Pokémon Company has been known for a long time now as an entity that’s very protective of its brand. It won’t make mobile versions of its games, it won’t change up the core battling in main line entries… you get the point.
With Bandai Namco, though, The Pokémon Company has been pretty relaxed about their recent collaboration on Pokkén Tournament. According to Bandai Namco Producer Katsuhiro Harada, his team has been given plenty of freedom to do what they want.
Here’s Harada with Korean press Inven.
“Surprisingly, they weren’t as strict as I expected them to be with Pokkén…
…We sent The Pokémon Company twenty ideas and they allowed all of them barring one: I suggested that we have different Pokémon Trainers fight, and they immediately denied it.”
That bit about trainers battling certainly is interesting, but it makes complete sense that The Pokémon Company would say no.
Freedom might be a good thing for the design of this arcade fighter. What do you think?