30 changes we want to see in the next Pokemon Scarlet & Violet update

Image: Nintendo Life

Let’s start this off with a big old one Disclaimer: We are not game developers. We are not good at programming. We don’t really know Why Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were broken and buggy upon release. And also, we definitely don’t want to just join the pile of hate directed at Game Freak right now, even though they’re probably doing just fine with a record 10 million copies of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sold in a matter of days.

But while we can’t provide concrete reasons why the game is broken, or solutions to the problems, we do have some ideas and hopes for the future of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet — so we’ve created a list of 30 changes, fixes, and additions that we’d like to looking in an update.

Here we go…

The changes we’ll see in the next Pokemon update

Software fixes

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
The stuff of nightmares – Image: Nintendo Life

General stability improvements

If there’s one thing we’d like to see Game Freak tackle first, it’s the stability of the game. Currently, it’s a bit of a crapshoot to figure out if the game will crash or not – and that’s not ideal! People need to know that their game isn’t going to fall out from under them more than anything else.

Better textures

With stability fixes, the game would be playable, but it still wouldn’t be pretty in many places. The main problem with the open world of Scarlet and Violet is the textures, which are either boring as hell (looking at you, sandy areas) or very obviously repetitive, like with the cliffs and mountains of Paldea.

A little variety and contrast in these areas wouldn’t go amiss, and would make the world look a lot nicer, instead of the giant walls of characteristic brown scattered around the place at the moment.

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
So … many … rocks … – Image: Nintendo Life

UI consistency

We’re having a nightmare learning which buttons do what in this game because it’s pretty inconsistent. Sometimes Y is back, sometimes it’s B. Sometimes it’s both. The + button feels like it should open the menu, but instead it’s X to open the menu, and + calls your ride. The Pokédex is assigned to both the minus button and The X button in the Y menu, and it feels like it should be in the X menu instead anyway. It just feels messy and chaotic.

Faster loading times

This affects shops and boxes most of all. It takes a while to load all hats and gloves and Pokemon every time! Surely there is a solution to this? That’s never been a problem in Pokemon games before.

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
It took a while to get this multiplayer working — Image: Nintendo Life

Multiplayer fixes

A large part of the bugs that people find are to do with multiplayer. That’s probably to be expected – it’s a massive feature with a lot of edge cases that are hard to plan around, especially in the reduced time frame that Pokémon games get these days. But, well, multiplayer feels very… unrefined at best, and unfinished at worst.

Don’t get us wrong – it’s a lot of fun, and being able to complete story missions with friends around is amazing, as well as seeing the notifications pop up telling you what they’re doing in the world. Co-op sandwiches are also the most fun we’ve had in a while. But connection issues, animation glitches, and the fact that your friends actually can’t help you with history assignments make it a bit of a disappointment.

Character customization

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
Only four skin tones? In the year of our Arceus 2022?! — Image: Game Freak

More skin tones

Pokémon ScarWe currently offer… four skin tones. Two are very light (and almost indistinguishable), one is olive and one is darker, but there really isn’t much in the way of options for a large portion of the population. Surely skin tones are one of the easier character customization options to add? Especially considering the large number of eyelash types that exist. Who really knows their eyelash type?

More genderless options

It’s 2022, and the gender-agnostic future that Game Freak dreams up is… no one is allowed to wear skirts. Seriously? Why? Give us back our skirts and let everyone wear them. Forcing everyone to wear trousers and shorts is not progress!

Red hair

We understand that natural red hair is probably not as common in Game Freak’s home country of Japan, but if ten million people have bought Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, then statistically 100,000 of those players have natural red hair. Not red like ketchup, but red like ginger hair. It would be nice to have a hair option for them!

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
Even kids wearing uniforms are allowed to mix it up more than this – Image: Nintendo Life

No more uniform

We feel very Pink Floyd Another brick in the wall about Scarlet and Violet’s choice to force us to wear uniform 24/7. It invalidates a lot of the other fashion choices – what’s the point of wearing blue if it clashes horribly with orange?

At least give us the chance to have what our schools called a “own clothes day”, where you can wear whatever you want, because after all, most of Pokemon ScarVi’s story isn’t even set at school!

Motorcycle accessories

We love Koraidon and Miraidon as the vehicle of choice for our Paldean Pokémon trainer, so why not let’s dress them up a bit? Bike horn! Sales! Tiny little hats! It would help us separate ourselves from other trainers while working together since most of us are running around on our bikes all the time anyway.

Several choices

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
Axew doesn’t even have hands — Image: Nintendo Life

Skip combat animations

Being able to go into the settings and turn on the “skip battle animations” option is an absolute must for a game that is all about long, drawn out battles, and battles that you want to be over ASAP. It’s been in the series for ages, which only makes its absence in PSV more glaring!

Camera sensitivity

This is a pretty basic request and most games these days include this even in a sparse options menu, but can we change the camera sensitivity? It is at the moment road too slow, and Arceus knows the game has enough problems with slowness already.

Turn off EXP sharing

Some of us like being able to share experience six ways, but others – those who are actually good at the competitive side of Pokemon – want to have more control over upgrading their ‘mons. Not giving us the option seems like an odd choice for Game Freak to make, but we can see this feature finally returning in a future update, especially since it’s only a relatively simple toggle.

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
We also love the peace sign in real life – Image: Nintendo Life

Multiple selfie positions

We love the selfie poses we have so far, but we wouldn’t say no to a few more. Consider what people are taking selfies for – mostly to show off things or express a reaction to something in the game – and add more poses based on that. Here are some suggestions: 😅😛😒😔🙄😙😲😤

Pokemon selfies

We will also take pictures with our Pokémon! Maybe take a leaf out of Disney Dreamlight Valley’s book, here – DDV will let nearby characters come over and pose if they see you taking a selfie. In Pokémon ScarVi, our Pokémon usually run around us in a circle like toddlers who are high on sugar. Some of them will even purposefully move out of the way when we try to photograph them, like a grumpy cat. Can’t we bribe them with Pokétreats or something?

We’re only halfway through our list, so continue to page two for even more things we’d like to see added to the game…

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