In an interview for the EDGE magazine, one of Game Freak founders, Junichi Masuda, shed some light on the upcoming Pokemon core series game and on the Pokemon Sun and Moon OST.
Masuda is composing the Pokemon Sun and Moon OST, the games will stay on handheld devices
Masuda is taking the helm when it comes to Pokemon Sun and Moon soundtrack: he stated the OST will feature 175 tracks, all composed by Masuda himself. Remember the Lavender Town Theme Song? This is the man who brought it to life.
He did admit that his approach to making songs has changed, as hardware has improved and they’re now capable of producing “almost any sounds and tones we like”. With that in mind, he stated that this means Game Freak needs “to produce sound with the same level of quality you’d expect when producing a CD.”
There were more interesting pieces of information in the article, mostly related to the platforms where games will be released. Although he did not shed any info if or when Pokemon Sun and Moon could come to Android and iOS, he did say that “handheld consoles and devices” are the best way to achieve the Pokemon vision.
Full statement on handheld devices:
“When coming up with the idea of Pokemon, what we really wanted to create was something where people could get together and have fun trading, battling, showing off their Pokemon collection, and just talking about their own adventures with the game. Handheld consoles and devices offer us the best way to achieve this vision.”
In his last statement, he expressed his gratitude towards life long Pokemon fans, with a small stab at the success of Pokemon GO:
“What I’m most grateful for is that so many fans have supported Pokemon all this time. Without them, Pokemon wouldn’t be where it is today, and Pokemon Go certainly wouldn’t have seen the phenomenal success that it has so far. […] Pokemon Go seems to have really resonated with people and has huge numbers of players all over the world. It’s far beyond anything I had ever imagined.”