At a special Pokemon press conference at E3 2013, the Pokemon Company revealed a bunch of new details regarding this fall’s Pokemon X & Y for the 3DS.
If keeping your critters locked up in a ball wasn’t enough for you, now you can ride certain larger Pokemon. A clip shown featured the player’s trainer mounting a Rhyhorn and galloping through the wilds of Kalos. Those who want to look dapper atop their Pokemon are in luck — you can now customize your character’s hairstyle and clothing.
Pokemon X & Y features something called the Player Search System which they are hoping will act as the core of game’s community functions. X & Y allow you to tracks friends, acquaintances, and passersby. Playing near another gamer will make the two of you passersby, and the relationship can then be upgraded to acquaintances by interacting with each other. You can then choose to add a person as a true friend, which solidifies your relationship with them.
The Pokemon Company also spoke a bit about Horde Encounters. In the interest of adding some challenge to game’s random encounters in the wild, it’s now possible to find yourself in a situation where you have to face multiple Pokemon at once. Think of it as a standard RPG: For every one attack your Pokemon gets, each member of the enemy party gets to retaliate. Another new type of encounter includes Sky Battles, which limit the participants of the skirmish to specific aerial types. In accordance with this skyward theme, a new flying Pokemon named Talonflame was confirmed for X & Y.
When asked why the game is set in a stylized version of France, a Pokemon Company representative explained how the whole team admires the beauty of the country and wanted to express their admiration in a video game.
Pokemon X & Y launches worldwide on October 12 in seven different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, and Japanese.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Gameplay Trailer 2
Pokémon X & Y – Roundtable Video
Following on from the content last night, Nintendo has posted a video containing highlights and new Direct Feed footage of the games. This video sowcases various parts of the game including the PSS, Trading, Sky Battles and Horde Encounters
The special Nintendo Developer Roundtable for Pokémon X & Y has begun at E3 and is providing a large amount of Pokémon X & Y information. This information will be continually updated so keep checking back, and be sure to check the lower update segment for the previous news of the day
Players able to choose between languages in the game itself, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean. PSS (Player Search System) will allow players to search for others locally or globally (via Wi-Fi) to battle and trade. Split into Friends, Acquaintances and those you Pass By. They can then be promoted all the way up to friends as you interact and can hold up to 100 friends.
Multiple rulesets for battles return. Two new Pokémon: Skrelp is a Poison and Water-type Pokémon. Clauncher is a Water-type Pokémon. You can battle people you Passby and that’s what promotes them to acquaintences. Trading remains much the same as before. Interact with an acquaintance more than once and it’ll automatically ask you to be your friend. Rhyhorn is a rideable Pokémon. Pokémon-Amie is said to have an additional, but currently unclear affect on Pokémon. Horde Encounters are a new type of wild battle. 5 on 1 battle. May include Pokémon of multiple species rather than just one. Sky Battles confirmed, only Flying-types and Levitators can participate. Talonflame, a new Fire and Flying-type Pokémon has just been revealed. Talonflame focuses on Speed.
A single save file is in the game still. Backwards compatibility “being worked on”. X & Y will make IVs and EVs more visible. PSS syncs with 3DS Friend List. Multiple methods of transportation and different movement types in gyms. You can select specific music tracks before battle with a friend. Riding different Pokémon helps in different areas. Rhyhorn in rocky areas, for example. Pokémon are borrowed for the task
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Talonflame, the evolution of Fletchling, can learn Brave Bird, Clauncher can learn Crabhammer and Skrelp can learn Sludge Bomb.