The Pokémon Company that Junichi Masuda is now its Chief Creative Fellow, effective June 1, 2022.

Junichi Masuda served as the Managing Director at GAME FREAK for a number of years, which is a position he will now be stepping away from in order to take on the Chief Creative Fellow position at Pokémon Co.. An officially announcement states that Masuda will “utilize his deep understanding of the Pokémon brand to develop new services and products at the Pokémon Company.”

Masuda himself also commented on the new position, and you can read his entire statement below.

I have served as the director of the Pokémon video game series, starting with “Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version” up until “Pokémon X and Pokémon Y,” and was involved in the development of many video games, including Pokémon GO. I would like to express my heart-felt thanks to all Pokémon fans.

Going forward, I hope to transcend the boundaries of video games by trying to offer greater surprises, fun and excitement to people all over the world, while doing my utmost to connect people, expand the circle of “play” and to help bring about a richer world for us to share. I appreciate your continued support in my new role.

[Junichi Masuda]
Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

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2y ago

Masuda has taken a lot of heat from fans over the years, but you can't deny that he was a major factor in the series success and getting it to where it is today.

I wish him the best of luck in his new position and hope to see lots of new and cool ideas. You can tell by his Twitter he loves the series and the fans a lot.