After teasing about a big Pokemon announcement yesterday, Game Freak Game Director Junichi Masuda was set to deliver on the hype today during the Japanese TV show “Pokemon Smash.” As expected, it did not disappoint. He finally revealed the next versions of Pokemon adventure games, and they were surprising to say the least. Masuda announced that we can expect a Pokemon Black 2 and a Pokemon White 2.
It seems that in lieu of the long-rumored Pokemon Gray, The Pokemon Company has decided to release an entirely new pair of direct sequels that take place in the Unova region. Aside from the confirmation on ‘Pokemon Smash’, there wasn’t much information released on the titles, but they will feature two different versions of the Pokemon Kyurem.
The dual appearance of this legendary Pokemon appears to be a radically different approach to form change when compared to past versions. This is rumored to be the ability to fuze with Pokemon White/Black cover monsters Zekrom and Reshiram. The ability remains unconfirmed, but a simple glance at the new photos makes it seem highly likely.
This marks the first time within the franchise’s history that a direct sequel has been made, so this reveal is pretty big news in the world of Pokemon. Does this mean that sequels to past Pokemon games are possible? Probably not, but it’s certainly fun to speculate on Nintendo’s future plans for the franchise.
Other than these new forms, it was confirmed that both games will be coming to the Nintendo DS – meaning that, while playable on the 3DS, they won’t feature any 3D gameplay. The games are scheduled to launch in Japan later this June. There’s no word on when these games will be coming to areas outside of Japan, so stay tuned.