Pokémon legend Junichi Masuda leaving series developer Game Freak

Junichi Masuda, a legendary figure in the creation and development of Pokémon, is leaving series developer Game Freak.

Masuda was one of Game Freak’s founding members, and over the years had worked on numerous games in the series, beginning as a programmer and composer for the original Pokémon Red and Blue.

With Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Masuda took over as game director – a post he held for numerous other entries such as Diamond and Pearl, Black and White, X and Y, and Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.

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