Last night during the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, Nintendo talked about the new Pokémon games. Two developers from GameFreak and two Nintendo employees gave a long demonstration of Pokémon Sun and Moon.
15-06-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Two developers from GameFreak were on stage to discuss the two new Pokémon games. They kicked off the presentation with new video footage of the games, showing the Alola region and reïntroducing the three starter Pokémon and the two Legendaries. Graphically the game seems to be very much like Pokémon X/Y, the first 3D games in the series. Although the developers indicated their working on the perspective and the proportions of the world and characters to make it seem more real.
The developers talked a bit about the titles of the games. They took their inspirition especially from the sun, because it's the source of all life on Earth, but also on the Pokémon world. The new Legendary Pokémon (Rowlet, Litten and Popplio) will again play a central role in the story, but according to the developer in a way they've never done before. The developers are working hard to bring the new Pokémon alive, paying special attention to their animations.
The Alola region is heavily inspired by Hawaii. It features four big vulcanic islands that are teeming with life. The characters in the game will be visually adapted to the warm climate of the region.
The game was played live on stage, while the developers talked a bit about the story. Your character has just moved to the Alola region, where he received his starter Pokémon. In the battles, your character will actually be visible, standing behind your Pokémon. The interface has been changed a bit, providing more information on the specific effects on moves.
Moving through the world, you can actually see when a trainer is going to challenge you, because shadows will appear at the top and bottom of your screen when you're getting close.
A new feature is Battle Royal, where four players fight against each other with three Pokémon each. Once a player loses all their Pokémon, the battle is over. The system will pick a winner based on their performance.
Pokémon Sun & Moon will release November 18 for Nintendo 3DS.