30 changes we’d like to see in the next Pokémon Scarlet & Violet update

Image: Nintendo Life

Let’s start this with a big old one indemnification: We are not game developers. We are not good at programming. We don’t really know Why Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were broken and had errors on release. And we certainly don’t want to just join in the buildup of hate directed at Game Freak right now, even though they’re probably doing just fine with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet selling a record 10 million units in a matter of days.

But while we can’t give concrete reasons why the game is broken, or provide solutions to the problems, we do have a few ideas and hopes for the future of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. That’s why we made a list of 30 changes. fixes and additions we would like to see in an update.

Here we go…

The changes we’d like to see in the next Pokémon update

Software solutions

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 address first, it’s game stability. Currently, it’s a bit of a mess trying to figure out if the game will crash or not – and that’s not ideal! People need to know that their game is not going to fall out 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 Scarlet and Violet’s open world is the textures, which are either boring (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 hurt, and would make the world look a lot nicer, rather than the gigantic walls of featureless brown that are currently scattered all over the place.

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

UI consistency

We have 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 up 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 mainly affects shops and Boxes. It takes forever to load all the hats and gloves and pokemon every time! Surely there is a solution for this? It’s never been a problem in Pokémon games before.

30 changes, fixes and additions for the next Pokemon update
This multiplayer took a while to work – Image: Nintendo Life

Multiplayer Solutions

A large portion of the bugs people find are related to multiplayer. It’s probably to be expected – it’s a huge feature with a lot of edge cases that are hard to plan for, especially in the shorter time frame Pokémon games are getting these days. But, well, multiplayer feels very… unrefined at best, and unfinished at worst.

Don’t get us wrong – it’s really fun, and it’s incredible to be able to complete story missions with friends nearby, and to see the notifications popping up that let you know what they’re up to in the world. Also, co-working sandwiches are the most fun we’ve had in a while. But connection issues, animation bugs, and the fact that your friends actually can’t help out you with story quests makes 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 ScarVi currently offers… four skin tones. Two are very light (and almost indistinguishable), one is olive green and one is darker, but that really isn’t much of a choice for a large portion of the population. Surely skin tones are one of the easier character customization options to add? Especially considering the sheer number of eyelash types out there. Who actually knows their eyelash type?

More genderless options

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

Red hair

We understand that natural red hair is probably not that common in Game Freak’s homeland of Japan, but if 10 million people bought Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, then statistically 100,000 of those players would have naturally red hair. Not red like ketchup, but red like red 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 a uniform are allowed to mix it up more – Image: Nintendo Life

No longer uniform

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

At least give us a chance to have what our schools called a “clothing day of your own” where you can wear whatever you want, because after all, most of the Pokémon ScarVi 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 them dress up a bit? Bicycle horns! Saddles! Little hats! It would help us differentiate ourselves from other trainers in co-op since most of us are running around on bikes all the time anyway.

More options

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 enable the “skip battle animations” option is an absolute must for a game that revolves around long, drawn-out fights and fights that you want to end as quickly as possible. It has been in the series for a long time, which makes the absence at PSV even more striking!

Camera sensitivity

This is a pretty simple request, and most games even include this in a sparse options menu these days, but can we change the camera sensitivity? It is currently way too slow, and Arceus knows the game has enough problems with slowness as it is.

Disable EXP share

Some of us like being able to split experience six ways, but others – those who are really good at the competitive part of Pokémon – want more control over leveling up their ‘mons’. It seems like a strange choice for Game Freak not to give us the option, but we can see this feature finally returning in a future update, especially since it’s just a relatively simple switch.

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

More selfie poses

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

Pokémon selfies

We also want to take pictures with our Pokémon! Maybe take a leaf out of Disney’s Dreamlight Valley book, here – DDV will have characters get close and pose when they see you taking a selfie. In Pokémon ScarVi, our Pokémon usually run in a circle around us like diabetic toddlers. Some of them will even purposefully get 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 turn to page two for even more things we’d like to see in the game…

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