The announcement of Pokémon X and Y has been one of the few times I've genuinely been excited about a new Pokémon game. The last time this happened, I was 12 years old and a classmate had the American import of Ruby. I marvelled at its graphics and the new features such as tag team battles. I couldn’t wait to get my own copy. In 8 months’ time (North America got Ruby and Sapphire in March; Europe got them in November).
Since then, the later games haven’t made quite that same leap. Obviously, there have been major graphical and gameplay improvements since then, but they were added gradually.
The trailer for Pokémon X and Y definitely looks like a major change. Pokémon battles are now in 3D and there’s proper animation for attacks. Not to mention the games will be released worldwide in October. AT THE SAME TIME.
The trailer begins with Pikachu announcing the game. Interestingly enough, Pikachu is standing on top of the Eiffel Tower.
The first bit of in-game footage we see is our male protagonist looking at himself in the mirror. I’ll admit I'm not a huge fan of his design, he looks a like a plainer version of Hilbert from Pokémon Black and White. It does make me wonder if we can customize the way our trainer looks like.
I think that these three places shown are the Gyms. In the first one our protagonist is swinging from a rope onto a green platform. There are safety nets and signs telling you where to land, so I’m guessing that this is the Grass themed gym. The second one looks like the Bug Gym, with a bouncy spider’s web. The third one is the Psychic gym, only with a new twist on the teleportation pad. You don’t just appear in a room, the room reassembles around you. I think the red, stained-glass room with fire shooting out of the tubes is the Fire Gym.
The first Gym is Rock, the sixth Gym is Ice and the last Gym will be Water or Dragon.
The Unova region from Pokemon Black and White and Pokemon Black and White 2 was supposed to be based on New York. Based on the buildings and architecture shown so far, I wonder if this new region is based on Paris (hence Pikachu standing on top of the Eiffel Tower) or Europe in general. In this scene on the left, our protagonist is wearing roller skates, which I don’t think has appeared in previous games before. The new region is also very green, like Hoenn from Ruby and Sapphire.
There’s a desert area. The buildings look like Mount Battle from Pokémon Colosseum. I think these are temporary science labs, maybe as part of an excavation site?
Here are our three main starters – Chespin, Froakie and Fennekin. I personally have always picked a Fire starter since Red and Blue. The first time around it was because I thought Charizard was the coolest looking one of all. It’s a dragon, what’s not to like about that? The second time around, when I picked Cyndaquil, I assumed that it would be a lot easier to find Grass and Water type Pokémon early on in the game then a Fire type. I wanted to make a balanced team. Now it’s just force of habit. I probably will pick Fennekin, and end up utterly disappointed if its evolution turns out to be a Fire/Fighting type Pokémon again.
Prediction: Chespin is Grass/Fighting, Froakie is Water/Ice and Fennekin is Fire/Psychic.
I realise that this isn’t the final game, but I wonder if the most of the HUD elements have been moved to the bottom screen. There’s no HP or Experience bar and there’s no text telling you the attack was super effective. There seems to be different animations for all the attacks and different reactions from all the Pokémon. The camera is also more dynamic.
When the first couple of Pokémon games came out, I was really interested in catching them all and seeing a completed Pokedex. But nowadays there just so many to keep track of, and some of them still can’t be obtained without cheating, like Arceus. I now find myself being far more interested in training, building a team and exploring the new areas. That’s something I like about the Pokémon series, there’s something for everyone.
Finally we have the legendries: Yveltal and Xerneas. I read that Ho-oh was based on the Pheonix, so I’m wondering if Yveltal is based on the Roc, an enormous legendary bird in Persian mythology that could carry elephants away. Xerneas’ design looks a bit like the forest spirit from Princess Mononoke. There’s only been one legendary grass type so far (I think), so it would be good to have another one.
Prediction: Yveltal is Psychic/Flying and Xerneas is Psychic/Grass.
I think there’s a third legendary beginning with Z and the final game for this generation will be Pokémon Z, as a reference to the X, Y and Z co-ordinates representing three dimensions. This Pokémon Z might be Physic/Water.
So there you have it, my speculations on Pokémon X and Y. What theories do you have, and what do you hope to see in the new games?