So Does Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Include Trainer Customization?
The answer provides an interesting window into Game Freak’s approach to game design.
Since I know people will be interested in this article, I’ve decided to post it here, along with my own thoughts on it.
I find it very interesting that they see customization as something special for Kalos, because Kalos was based on beauty. While I can agree that customization certainly ties into beauty and fashion, I disagree with the idea of it being a Kalos-only idea. Customization provided people with a chance to truly individualize their adventure, and make themselves, rather than just act as a preset protagonist. It gave people a chance to express what they really look like, and their personalities. Sporty people could wear sporty clothing, people that love cute dresses could have cute dresses - it is something that I think Pokemon should of kept (especially considering other RPGs tend to get a lot more hype with all the amazing customization features that have been coming out in recent years (eg. Skyrim, DragonAge, etc)). Somehow it is easier to relate to a character when you can actually make yourself the character.
I am hoping that Pokemon will hear enough of a cry from its fanbase to bring the feature back in future games. Luckily the next game will probably be XY’s sequel or third game, meaning we will likely have customization for that. After that though, who knows?