After the logos for Pokémon Sun and Moon surfaced yesterday, it seemed pretty likely this was one rumor with basis in fact. This morning, during the short Pokémon Nintendo Direct meant to kick off the 20th anniversary of the series, The Pokémon Company officially announced the new games.
The teaser focused more on the history of the series, so no one knows much about Pokémon Sun and Moon aside from their names. However, even the tiny teaser presents intriguing possibilities.
In the brief images and designs shown for Pokémon Sun and Moon, there’s a glimpse of a red building that might be a redesigned Pokémon Center, where trainers go to heal their injured Pokémon. A few shots from its interior are also visible. With so little context, however, it could be a new sort of building entirely.
Another building shown is a large structure with a fountain out in front and the Poké Ball symbol above its entrance. Its size suggests it could be home to a Pokémon tournament or a large Gym. A palm tree is visible in the shot, so Pokémon Sun and Moon will have at least one tropical location.
Perhaps more excitingly, vehicles are also shown in the video, one of which is a fire truck with a Blastoise on it. These vehicles being displayed in the teaser have made many players hopeful the vehicles are important to gameplay, or even drivable.
Finally, the teaser gives a brief glimpse of a bird Pokémon, the first Pokémon we’ve seen from this generation. At first glance, it might look like an existing Pokémon, but the multiple angles shown in the teaser prove it’s something new.
Pokémon Sun and Moon will be available Holiday 2016, playable in 9 different languages. With this announcement, we can safely assume Pokémon Z will never exist. Only time will tell if this means Pokémon generations will no longer have a third version.
Pokémon X and Y felt more linear than past games in the series as a result of Pokémon entering 3D for the first time. Since time has passed since then, the new games have a chance to return to the fuller, richer exploration seen before. What do you hope to see in Pokémon Sun and Moon? Multiple regions to explore? Vehicles to drive? New types of battles? A more story-driven experience like that used in Pokémon Black and White? Share all of your thoughts on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon in the comments below.