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The review embargo on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is up, and coverage has flooded the web. Want to get a closer look at the first open-world Pokémon generation in action? You can check out video reviews and gameplay below! Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 18th, 2022.

At the time of this article’s publication, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is sitting at a 78/100 metascore on Metacritic with 36 critic reviews.

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ngamer01

GameFREAK never can optimize their games. They've been like that since Gen 1. The problem is they're stuck in the need to Madden their mainline series for pushing merchandise, so they never get the time to optimize their games. The only way I can see getting an optimized Pokemon game is if Monolith Soft takes Pokemon dev duties away from GameFREAK.

That's the only hope for the series's continued survival since Monolith probably can optimize within The Pokemon Company's strict timing for merchandising. GameFREAK is not in a spot where they'd be allowed to delay releases ever so their games will continue to suffer until something gives (GameFREAK going bankrupt, etc.)

riftsilver

13d ago

One very consistent complaint, and a rather big one is performance. Which is a shame, it seems like a lot of people would have liked this game a great deal more if it ran a little better.

On the bright side, hopefully this lights a fire under GameFreaks technical department to do a bit better in the future. Although, I also wouldn't complain if we just got a new more powerful Switch as well :P


ngamer01

13d ago

@riftsilver

GameFREAK never can optimize their games. They've been like that since Gen 1. The problem is they're stuck in the need to Madden their mainline series for pushing merchandise, so they never get the time to optimize their games. The only way I can see getting an optimized Pokemon game is if Monolith Soft takes Pokemon dev duties away from GameFREAK.

That's the only hope for the series's continued survival since Monolith probably can optimize within The Pokemon Company's strict timing for merchandising. GameFREAK is not in a spot where they'd be allowed to delay releases ever so their games will continue to suffer until something gives (GameFREAK going bankrupt, etc.)

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riftsilver

13d ago

@ngamer01

That's pretty dramatic. The series will continue to do just fine for a long while as long as they keep pushing out enticing games. Performance issues are nothing to ignore but saying that the only hope for survival is based on dev duties taken away from them is very silly.

Open World obviously stretched GameFreak a little thin, but they've made great progress in ambition since their early games on the Switch. No doubt they can do more, but the issue here is more time constraint and possibly budgetary issues.

That said I think there are probably quite a few fixes in the pipeline for future patches, and they just had ship the game out in it's current state to meet deadlines as many other industry games sadly run into as well.


kuribo

13d ago

Pokémon Company, Nintendo and GameFreak did not need to fart out THREE Pokémon games in 12 months.
The quality took a large hit with all three.