Over the years, there have been plenty of generations in the main Pokemon series, remakes of the first two generations, and plenty of sequels in the spin-off series such as Pokemon Stadium or Pokemon Ranger. But, there has never been a sequel to one of the five generations that successfully continues the story beyond a third title that simply changes up a few of the previous games’ dynamics (Yellow, Crystal,Emerald, etc). Now, Pokemon producer Junichi Masuda took to Japanese series Pokemon Smash to announce a possible first in the main series in the form of Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2.
The news was announced today on the program with a June release date set for Japan later this year. However, a worldwide release has not yet been set, nor have full details on the upcoming titles.
Now, the branding certainly suggests that the upcoming titles will be direct sequels, but that has yet to be absolutely confirmed that the games will indeed continue the tale that finished in last year’s hits Pokemon Black and White. It’s traditional for these third entries per generation to just rehash the story from the first games, but given the full out titles, it’s easily being hyped up as continuations.
The Japanese teaser site for the game has launched, and features what appears to be a different look at the two legendary Pokemon of the last game Reshiram and Zekrom (see header image above). Whether these are evolutions of both the Pokemon, or they are entirely new Pokemon altogether have yet to be revealed as well.
Finally, the game was announced not to be for Nintendo 3DS, but for the Nintendo DS, which is somewhat discouraging for fans hoping for the series’ first multi-dimensional installment. However, there’s a chance that Nintendo can utilize the 3D functionality somehow into the next title.
We’ll keep you updated as more on the game is revealed throughout the year. If we had to put any money on it, we’d say you can expect a better release reveal around E3 in June.
But, what do you think of the announcement?