First, we have to apologize for the general broke-ocity of our forums as of late. What happened was php was updated and it broke our installation of phpBB. nza has been working overtime to fix the issues, which included difficulty found in login attempts, and it's been decided that it's time to graduate from phpBB. Hopefully we'll get these issues fixed soon, because whew, the news season has begun with *quite* the bang.
Oh, we had waited. Oh, we had debated. For years, we fought, wept, and dreamt. It's hard to not make this sound dramatic enough because good lord I don't think any thought has plagued the community for the past years so much as this one: Hoenn. Remakes. Alas, out of the blue this morning--
No, this isn't a dream. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will arrive worldwide in November 2014. The full press release can be found below the North American* boxarts.
Press Release and Box Arts
BELLEVUE, WA -- May 7, 2014 -- The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will launch worldwide in November 2014, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Pokémon fans will collect, battle, and trade Pokémon in a new adventure.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are a fresh take on Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which launched in 2003 and were fan-favorite hits on the Game Boy Advance system. The new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.
Be sure to visit Pokémon.com frequently for more Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire news and information that will roll out leading up to the worldwide launch in November.
*I specified North American packaging because it appears Japan and Europe will be getting all red and all blue boxes, a point of jealously for me. It should be noted, though, that Europe's boxart comes with a "tentative packaging" disclaimer, which implies they're still debating that decision internally.
So the question is, are these remakes, reboots or sequels? Remakes is the obvious guess, but they are incredibly vague here, only promising "a dramatic new story" and "an epic new adventure." The press release notes these are a "fresh take" on Ruby and Sapphire, which generally would imply remakes, though we wonder why they aren't saying that up front quite yet. Sequels certainly sound a bit far-fetched. Critically, in Iwata’s financial briefing earlier this evening, he referred to these games as a “full-remakes” of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. While that may be awkward wording, perhaps intending to say a full “remaking” of the games, it does rule out any ideas of sequels and more dramatic changes for now. If nothing else, the two altered formes of Groudon and Kyogre shown on the boxes indicate that at the very least, our encounter with the legendaries will look quite different, which mandates alterations to the original story.
Either way, there's no way this rather sudden reveal is an accident. Anticipate news to come as soon as this coming week, followed by a blow out at E3. Maybe we'll even get another Developers' Roundtable, like with X and Y?
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