After Let’s Go!, Masuda will allow the “younger generation” to lead the series

Longtime Pokemon director and composer Junichi Masuda said after working on the first-ever mainline Pokemon game for a console that he would likely steer clear of the director role for future installments.

In one conversation posted on the official Pokemon website, Masuda discusses the interesting technology he was able to work with on Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, but notes that he would like to see the series given to a new group of leaders.

“But at the same time, it’s important for the younger generation of Game Freak to support the development of Pokémon as a series,” he said. “I think this will probably be, as far as major Pokémon RPGs go, the last time I’ll work as a director.”

Masuda’s first role as a director on a Pokemon game was for Pokemon Gold and Silver, where he served as assistant director. He followed that as director on Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, and since then has held directorial roles on numerous Pokemon titles. He didn’t direct the final generation, which included Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, although he served as a producer for both.

He also worked as a composer for nearly every main series Pokemon game ever released, right up to Pokemon Red and Blue. Masuda appears to have ceded some of his composition duties in Let’s Go! as well as Shota Kageyama, who helped compose tracks for several past Pokémon games, including reworked tracks for HeartGold and SoulSilver, and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.