My inexplicable love for the Pokemon franchise has been well documented, so I won’t belabor the point here. Just know that I’m incredibly excited, and judging by the screens shown of the game so far, I think everyone should be as well.
First off, we knew it would happen at some point, but it looks like GameFreak (the Pokemon developers) have finally run out of colors to name the games off of. Now we’re onto letters as the next pair of games are called X & Y. While they didn’t announce a detailed release date, the game is set to launch worldwide in October 2013. The other major change? It looks as though they’ve embraced a full 3D world this time around…and it looks pretty damn neat (check out the images below).
Frankly, I think this is looking pretty good. It’s managing to finally update their visuals, while still retaining the same style as the previous games. It’s a graphics upgrade many of us fans have been wanting for quite some time, and if it works really well, there may yet be hope for a solid Pokemon console game down the line. Here’s the full press release about the game:
The Pokémon Company and Nintendo announced today that the next generation of Pokémon video games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, will launch worldwide in October exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. New Pokémon, a new storyline set in a spectacular 3D world, and dynamic battles instantly make Pokémon X and Pokémon Y two of the most highly anticipated video game titles of 2013.
“The worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y this October allows players to begin their adventures at the same time,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company. “Now, Pokémon fans across the globe can discover the secrets of Pokémon games and can collect, battle, and trade with each other immediately.”
(the full Nintendo Direct broadcast, including Pokemon X&Y Trailer)
“We brought Pokémon into an entirely new dimension and we’re incredibly excited to bring Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to fans,” said Junichi Masuda, video game director at GAME FREAK inc. “The stunning visuals, a completely redesigned environment, game scenario, music, and communication features will bring smiles to the faces of video game players around the world.”
So how do you guys feel about these new Pokemon games and the visual shift?