It's been a few months since I've finished Omega Ruby, and I haven't really been into Pokemon as much due to not many announcements for new games, other than the "Free to Play" Pokemon Shuffle and Rumble World, which I refuse to touch with a 39 and-a-half foot pole (to me, freemium games are not real video games) and I haven't really felt like replaying the older games since I kind of want something new, something different.
Then this announcement happened: pokejungle.net/2015/05/21/poke…
I'm actually happy that we're finally getting another Mystery Dungeon title, and the first one for Gen 6, since I was quite disappointed with Gates to Infinity, but I am also concerned given TPCi's recent behavior of making freemium Pokemon games. I enjoyed Explorers of Sky a lot (I still have those fond memories of my Riolu and Vulpix team) but the reason I (and many others) didn't like Gates to Infinity is because it was such a drastic departure from the previous games that it just didn't feel the same.Among the reasons people hated Gates to Infinity
1. Too few Pokemon, at the time there were over 600+ of them, and GTI had probably less Pokemon than the first generation, only having Pikachu, the Eeveelutions, and most of Gen 5, which wasn't even a third of the Pokemon at the time. Whether this was due to time restraints or laziness is unknown.
2. There was no personality test or variety in starters, you only got Pikachu, the Unova starters, and Axew for some reason, and I wanted to be something like Drilbur or Mienfoo, not an overrated yellow rat or the starters (I think Axew was put into the game as a starter because of the one from the anime).
3. No genders for any of the characters, granted PMD never had the breeding system like the main series does. I hear there are genders in the Japanese version, but not the international versions for reasons unknown.
4. The game was arguably dumbed down and simplified from the previous installments in gameplay and story.
5. Almost no post game content
As a result, the game received mixed (mostly negative) reviews from both critics and fans since many were expecting something like Explorers of Sky or even better. My biggest fear is that this PMD game is going to be some kind of a freemium game with "Pay Diamonds to continue/unlock dungeon/etc." because I won't even get the game if that is the case. Also is the title, "Super" Mystery Dungeon, which, while it was a common naming trend back in the SNES days, is not exactly the best of signs, since usually they had interesting names like "Explorers of Sky" and "Gates to Infinity" because it sounds a bit bland with "Super Mystery Dungeon." I just hope its a full game that fixes the problems GTI had and not some freemium pay-to-win game, since to me, those aren't real games.
I will say that if the main series ever goes freemium, I am quitting Pokemon, though I highly doubt they would downgrade the main series to that level. Fortunately it seems like this won't be out until late 2015 rather than coming out only a week after it's first announcement like Shuffle and Rumble World did. If Super PMD looks interesting and shows to be an improvement that fixes all the problems GTI had, I will get it, but if it has any freemium in it or continues the problems GTI had (or makes them worse) I will not even touch it.