Gamers all over the world are still enjoying the latest Pokémon games, X & Y, released a few months ago all over the world on Nintendo 3DS.
Despite still featuring a lot of familiar gameplay elements, there are a few new features that show where the series might be heading next.
It looks like things are really going to be different in the future, judging by a rumor circulating right now. The new Pokèmon games, codenamed Plus and Minus, are already in the works and promise to be truly revolutionary.
The information comes from a leaker who has already leaked a few things in the past that were indeed true like the home console port of Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate and the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix release. Some of these details appear too good to be true, however, so take them for what they are.
>GameFreak were one of the first development studios inside Nintendo to receive Alpha-Prototype hardware, now have been upgraded to the Beta-Prototype hardware above.
>Have a few areas marked out, TONS of concept art traveling between Pokemon Company and Nintendo Co Ltd.
>GameFreak plans to completely overhaul the basic systems of battle, simplifying the process.
>The development team is “going to put a lot of ideas they have wanted to do for years in this game”.
>Two versions already have code names, possibly final: Pokemon Plus and Pokemon Minus.
>Theme is “Old Tradition VS New Exploration”
>New region or name yet. The game is currently set in a South East Asia like map with one large peninsula and many smaller islands.
>Three new starters with no names: Water evolves into Water/Steel and is a squat, teardrop shaped humanoid that has a jar filled with on it’s head as it evolves it grows taller and the jar bigger until it needs another set of arms to hold it on it’s head. Fire evolves into Fire/Fairy and is a tiny cute goat with fire blowing out of it’s horns, it’s horns and look evolves more menacing until it has curly ram like horns and a motorcycle hotrod-like look. Grass evolves into a Grass/Electric and starts with a leap for a face with a nubby root as a body and evolves until it grows into an electric producing palm tree with each flower petal having a different face.
>The main legendary for Pokemon Plus is a Shi Foo Lion-looking Psychic/Ground-type that has multiple faces, the Pokemon Minus legendary is a Ghost/Fairy type that has two dashes for eyes and is a hurricane-like apperation with many arms and hands.
>More traditional Pokemon-like gameplay will be on the Handheld controller while an all new gameplay aspect will be on the Terminal unit.
>The “Pokken Fighers” render that was teased was running on Alpha kits, Beta kits now have advance cell shading. Going for very detailed “living anime” look.
>The new “Team” villians are described as a bunch of “Sohei Zelots”-types who have discovered the player’s best friend as a reincarnation of a special type of person who only is alive every 100 years. They believe the old system where people were given a Pokemon egg and they stick to that Pokemon until they die and who’s function in society dictate what role that person is. They are against the “modern” trend of Pokemon Trainers and capturing multiple Pokemon and are making a holy pilgrimage to evoke the old Legendaries to turn everything back to normal. They keep the player away from their friend, saying the special one (who can do amazing things like mega evolve Pokemon without the use of a mega ring) only love is that of Pokemon and not people. It is planned to be revealed later that for the special one to fulfill their role in society they must be mortally sacrificed to awaken the legendaries.
>Routes connecting the island together are water bridges but clumps of island are connected together by underwater tunnels.
>There is a “Stone Slowking” statue that is a parody of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Thailand.
>Many Pokemon from Hoenn and Sinnoh will make a return.
>Variety of Pokemon Gyms, one is a mail system that only uses flying types and focuses on sky battles. One only uses baby Pokemon, one is implied to be a real vampire and uses Ghost and Dark Pokemon. There is also a military like leader who uses Fire and Steel Pokemon.
>The island gameplay with Gym Leaders and the Elite Four island can be played entirely on the Handheld and can be blown up on the Terminal for home play.
>New Pokemon Type similar to Shinies, no details yet on how they work but I’ve been told they “change the game significantly”.
>The “Mainland” is an MMO-like environment that is exclusive to the Terminal and is shared by both versions.
>Players all over the world online can chat, trade, intermingle and experience new-updated storylines on the mainland.
>Pokemon Band is a new mechanic introduced to get people involved who do not battle, a co-operative experience where Pokemon dance and make music together to achieve the highest group score.
>Pokemon Bank are actual locations on the Mainland and Handheld areas where people can import past Pokemon, mainly from Pokemon X and Pokemon Y into the new game.
>GameFreak is starting full production early, aiming to actually launch Pokemon Plus and Pokemon Minus with the final form of FUSION. If this happens, this will not only be the first Pokemon for console and handheld but the first time any Nintendo hardware will launch with a mainline Pokemon game.
The leaker confirmed that more should be coming soon. We’ll keep you updated as soon as new details emerge on the matter.