The Company Behind Pokémon and Their Non Pokémon Titles

Game Freak is best known as the company behind the insanely popular series Pokémon which they have been making since 1996. They have created seven generations of Pokémon games including off shoots such as their Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. Besides Pokémon games they have been behind the Pokémon television series, books, movies and even the popular Pokémon trading card game. Even though they are the Pokémon company, Game Freak has been responsible for a variety of other games that have nothing to do with Pokémon, a move that is unusual for video game developers. In this article on Kotaku, the idea behind these non Pokémon games is explained as to allow developers at Game Freak to get more experience and give them a break from the main series, allowing them to enjoy developing their own creations outside of the busy season creating Pokémon games. One of the none Pokémon games created in the past five years is HarmoKnight, a rhythm platformer released in 2013 in the United States. HarmoKnight is a story about a boy named Tempo on a musical planet trying to stop the evil Gargan and his army of Noizoids from disturbing the peace on his planet. This year Game Freak released another non Pokémon game alongside its late 2016 release of Pokémon Sun and Moon called GIGA WRECKER. GIGA WRECKER is the story of a girl named Reika who has the ability to manipulate debris and explore a world that has been invaded by an evil army of robots. What further sets GIGA WRECKER apart from the main line of games by Game Freak is that it is available on the gaming platform Steam, a first for the company. Game Freak is invested in continuing to allow its game developers to work on projects besides Pokémon as a way for them to develop professionally and gain new skills that will help them in their career at the company.