2006’s Pokémon Diamond and Pearl introduced the Global Trade System, a service that allows players to trade Pokémon anonymously with people from all over the world. The system became incredibly popular, and it has been featured in every Pokémon game since, including the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon.
In a recent interview with GamesMaster, Junichi Masuda, the composer who wrote the music for Pokémon Sun and Moon, was asked to comment on the Global Trade System and its role in the newest Pokémon games. Masuda revealed that Game Freak has added a ton of new features to the trading system, including a simplistic chat mode that lets players exchange “fun greetings or messages.”
Along with the new chat feature, Game Freak added a “Quick-Link” feature, which grants people quick and easy access to trade with specific players. Although he didn’t specify any further, Masuda claims that the company made tons of smaller changes to the system as well, to help improve user experience. His full comments are available below.
“So just like previously we’ve got the Global Trading System feature where you can use wifi to connect with people all over the world. This time around we’ve also added the Quick-Link feature where you can quickly open a trade with another player, and just get straight into it like that. There’s also a simple chat feature in there so you can exchange fun greetings or messages with other players, so we really think that these sorts of small additions will add an extra layer of enjoyment to the communication features in the game, and hopefully allow players to have a deeper experience on that side of things.” — Junichi Masuda
The rest of the interview is available in this month’s issue of GamesMaster.
What do you guys think? Do you use the Global Trading System often? What do you think about the “simple chat feature“? Do you think it will it be useful, or will it be too restrictive for normal communication? Let us know in the comments below!