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Pokemon X and Y won't receive online patches to rebalance moves, types

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Pokemon X and Y won't be given patches with balance updates, Game Freak has said.

Game director Junichi Masuda explained that although imbalances "could happen", as with previous entries in the series, he believes the team has "got it right" this time.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y: Sylveon

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Eevee evolution Sylveon is part of the new Fairy type.



"We don't really plan to release any kind of updates to change the balance," he told Digital Spy.

"Of course, we think we have it perfect this time, but thought that before and depending on certain move combinations.

"For example, at points a lot of people used the Metal Grass Pokemon because they were so strong - and everyone is using that Pokemon.

"Something like that could happen, and we think we have it perfect, and we don't plan to release any kind of balance changes."

He added: "We spent a lot of time working on getting this balance right, but of course we're not going to be able to know everything's perfect until the games are in players' hands and they're coming up with new strategics and combo.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y: Marill

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Returning Pokemon Marill is now a dual Water / Fairy type.



"I'm really excited to see what strategies players come up with in the World Championships next year in Washington DC, to see if we're done it right."

Masuda was particularly worried that introducing balance patches could mean making certain Pokemon types weaker.

"We know people really like these Pokemon. If we released a patch to make them weaker, for example, it's going to disappoint a lot of people."

Pokemon X and Y introduces a new type, Fairy, which would counterbalance the powerful Dragon type that has dominated competitive play in recent years.

But even before then, the introduction of the Dark and Steel types in Game Boy Colour entries Gold and Silver has seen the development team evaluate whether the balance was right.

"Even after we introduced those two types, over the years we have always been thinking, 'Is the balance right? Should we add another type, how are we going to get this right?'" Masuda explained.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y: Jigglypuff

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First generation Pokemon Jigglypuff is now a Normal / Fairy type.



"With Diamond and Pearl, the theme of that game is ultimate, ultimate in all these different respects. We try to go for the ultimate balance in game.

"At the time, I thought we had it right, but over the years - going to competitions, seeing players play, going to the World Championships and seeing what Pokemon and moves get used - we knew the Dragon type was a bit too strong.

"We spent a lot of time thinking about it, and a lot of time deciding what we needed to do to get the balance right."

Masuda recently revealed that Pokemon X and Y would not feature 3D in the overworld to offer better visuals.

The Pokemon Bank service will launch alongside the game, allowing creatures to be stored online for an annual fee.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y launch worldwide on October 12 alongside the new Nintendo 2DS.

> Pokemon X & Y preview: New visuals, a new world, new ways to train

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