Pokemon not going online for MMO in the future

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In an interview with What They Play, Pokémon series director, Junichi Masud, has revealed that Nintendo are not planning any kind of Pokemon MMO in the near future. He goes onto say real-world communication is much more important for future games in the series, and MMOs cannot offer that to players.

At this point, we’re not thinking of going in that direction. Trading is a core concept of Pokémon. So when you’re trading, you meet with a friend and decide which one you want and which one they want. I would like to emphasize real-world communication. You don’t see each other online,” is his opinion on the future of the series.