So we've always had NPCs move, though until Unova, they were always just in a set path, or in a small area. In Unova, in places like Castelia City, we had many workers walk through the city, asking you to move, saying hello etc. If you ran into them, they'd just more to the side and continue. Do you think we'll get something similar again? Do you think we'll get to battle any of these people? Would you like it again?
I never really paid attention to that kind of stuff, to be honest....
I mean, it seems nice to give it that "metropolis"-like feeling, but other than that, I can see it being easily ignored. u___u Though for aesthetics, it wouldn't be so bad? I just wish they could stop and have a short conversation with you or something and not be so rude and run right past you as if you were a ghost or something.
It would be nice to see NPCs walking around in the same style as it was in Castelia City, I thought it was a rather interesting type of script they put into the map in where they said things and while you're walking by.
I wonder if they could come up with even more interesting types of movement that NPCs can do in Pokémon X and Y? Knowing that 3D models are used instead of sprites. I'd like to see movements in where if you walk into a certain area, the person would follow you around while browsing around in a store or something like that. ;)
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Sabrewulf brings up a good point. I would like to see moving NPC's again, but not unless they fit the environment they were to be used in. Castelia City is more or less a replica of New York City and given my experience living there, people are always in a rush and hustling past you. No respect, I tell you! The moving NPC's in Castelia City was sort of like a representation of that. It gave you the feeling like you were in a large and busy city just like if you were in NYC.
Should GameFreak choose to do that again, battling them would be a nice addition to the concept. It would be quite unexpected since you wouldn't know who you run into will want to challenge you to a sudden battle. Then again, doing so would be choosing to ignore the idea that all of these running NPC's are in a hurry to supposedly be somewhere ─ unless, maybe, they were simply passing through like us. In that case, I'd hate to be someone who's rushing to a Pokémon Center in that exact moment.
I'd actually like something like the news reporters in RSE again. You remember how they showed up in different locations to battle you? Well, what if we had NPC's we battled in earlier routes show up again in future routes. That's technically considered moving NPC's, right? Just not in the exact same way as the folks over in Castelia City.
Like many have said before: Castelia City's rushing people were more of a decoration than actual npcs. However, i just got this idea: Seeing as there will be a limited amount of trainer sprites (like before) wouldn't it be cool to let every different overworld sprite ba just a single person who you meet about 4 times in your playtrough, each time they would have their previous pokemon at a higher level. Like this, we could have 400+ trainer battles withouth the sprites being repeated and having more small reocurring characters.