At this point we all know how the rumor mill works. Some things end up being true while most rumors are generally a bunch of rubbish. I am unsure how to categorize this one, as it comes from a person named “Geno” who is a source for Dual Pixels. Geno has apparently been right on previous rumors while also being wrong, so I am unsure if he is just really good at guessing or if he’s actually legit. I suppose this is why we always take all rumors with a truckload of salt, right?

  • GameFreak were one of the first development studios inside Nintendo to receive Alpha-Prototype hardware, now have been upgraded to the Beta-Prototype hardware above.
  • Have a few areas marked out, TONS of concept art traveling between Pokemon Company and Nintendo Co Ltd.
  • GameFreak plans to completely overhaul the basic systems of battle, simplifying the process.
  • The development team is “going to put a lot of ideas they have wanted to do for years in this game”.
  • Two versions already have code names, possibly final: Pokemon Plus and Pokemon Minus.
  • Theme is “Old Tradition VS New Exploration”
  • New region, no name yet, is based on South East Asia with one large peninsula and many smaller islands.
  • Three new starters with no names: Water evolves into Water/Steel and is a squat, teardrop shaped humanoid that has a jar filled with on its head as it evolves it grows taller and the jar bigger until it needs another set of arms to hold it on it’s head. Fire evolves into Fire/Fairy and is a tiny cute goat with fire blowing out of its horns, it’s horns and look evolves more menacing until it has curly ram like horns and a motorcycle hot-rod-like look. Grass evolves into a Grass/Electric and starts with a leap for a face with a nubby root as a body and evolves until it grows into an electric producing palm tree with each flower petal having a different face.
  • The main legendary for Pokemon Plus is a Shi Foo Lion-looking Psychic/Ground-type that has multiple faces, the Pokemon Minus legendary is a Ghost/Fairy type that has two dashes for eyes and is a hurricane-like appendages with many arms and hands.
  • More traditional Pokemon-like gameplay will be on the Handheld controller while an all new gameplay aspect will be on the Terminal unit.
  • The “Pokken Fighers” render that was teased was running on Alpha kits, Beta kits now have advance cell shading. Going for very detailed “living anime” look.
  • The new “Team” villains are described as a bunch of “Sohei Zelots”-types who have discovered the player’s best friend as a reincarnation of a special type of person who only is alive every 100 years. They believe the old system where people were given a Pokemon egg and they stick to that Pokemon until they die and who’s function in society dictate what role that person is. They are against the “modern” trend of Pokemon Trainers and capturing multiple Pokemon and are making a holy pilgrimage to evoke the old Legendaries to turn everything back to normal. They keep the player away from their friend, saying the special one (who can do amazing things like mega evolve Pokemon without the use of a mega ring) only love is that of Pokemon and not people. It is planned to be reveal later that for the special one to fulfill their role in society they must be mortally sacrificed to awaken the legendaries.
  • Routes connection the island together are water bridges but clumps of island are connected together by underwater tunnels.
  • There is a “Stone Slowking” statue that is a parody of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Thailand.
  • Many Pokemon from Hoenn and Sinnoh will make a return.
  • Variety of Pokemon Gyms, one is a mail system that only uses flying types and focuses on sky battles. One only uses baby Pokemon, one is implied to be a real vampire and uses Ghost and Dark Pokemon. There is also a military like leader who uses Fire and Steel Pokemon.
  • The island gameplay with Gym Leaders and the Elite Four island can be played entirely on the Handheld and can be blown up on the Terminal for home play.
  • New Pokemon Type similar to Shinies, no details yet on how they work but I’ve been told they “change the game significantly”.
  • The “Mainland” is an MMO-like environment that is exclusive to the Terminal and is shared by both versions.
  • Players all over the world online can chat, trade, intermingle and experience new-updated story lines on the mainland.
  • Pokemon Band is a new mechanic introduced to get people involved who do not battle, a co-operative experience where Pokemon dance and make music together to achieve the highest group score.
  • Pokemon Bank are actual locations on the Mainland and Handheld areas where people can import past Pokemon, mainly from Pokemon X and Pokemon Y into the new game.

The way these rumors lay out seem to suggest this is a Wii U version, though obviously we know that can’t be the case given how against releasing legit console like experiences Game Freak is. Of course, no one really knows what is going on except Game Freak and Nintendo, but we’ve definitely been getting what feels like yearly Pokémon love now for a few years. What do you think?

Note: The image has nothing to do with the rumor. It’s just a fan mockup made in Unreal Engine.

Source: Dual Pixels

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Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
I am the current Editor-in-Chief of Zelda Informer and have been running the show here since July 16th, 2008. I've actually been running Zelda Fan sites since 1998, so I've been in this "industry" for roughly 16 years. I'm 28 years old and have two kids, one biological, the other more of a step daughter (not legally yet, but practically). I live with my girlfriend and our two kids (Aiden, age 1 and half, Melody age 3 and half). I'm attending college to create video games web applications, and I naturally love Nintendo (I run a Zeld a website after all!). For those curious, I currently own a Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS, PlayStation 3, and a gaming PC (and a gaming capable laptop too!). I do plan to eventually get a PlayStation 4, likely when more comes out I am interested in playing on the system. I do play the Wii U more than any other system I own.

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