Today during E3 2014 The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have announced the release date for the upcoming and highly anticipated release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The game will be coming out this year on November 11 in North America and November 28 in Europe on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. In addition to this announcement, a bunch of new images and information have also released.
Here is the new trailer that aired during Nintendo’s Digital Event at E3 2014.
Players will return to the Hoenn region, but this time in higher quality than ever. The game will utilise the power of the engine that fueled Pokémon X/Y. The game will feature full 3D models of your beloved generation 3 Pokémon as well as new animations for each of them. One of the biggest changes to the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are Mega Evolutions. Whilst information was released on many of the new Mega Evolutions, more details have released for the changes for the game’s two legendaries: Groudon and Kyogre. The two legendaries once battled each other long ago when their power were at the fullest.
The two will be undergoing a special transformation called Primal Reversion, which results in Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre, more devastating versions where they reclaim their original power and energy. Nintendo have released new art for the new Pokémon, as well as an image to compare the two – with a Pikachu for scale.
Primal Groudon is brimming with energy, which pours from its body as magma. The magma burns at such an extreme temperature that its body is always shimmering ruby red from the haze of its heat, giving off light in the darkness. Through Primal Reversion, Primal Groudon becomes much larger and adds Fire type to its Ground type, raising the power of Fire-type moves it can learn. Primal Reversion greatly boosts Primal Groudon’s Attack. Its Ability may get a boost during this epic transformation, too.
Primal Kyogre, a Water-type Pokémon, is awash with energy that spills from its body as seawater. Its blue skin shines like a sapphire and is half-translucent like the sea. Primal Reversion greatly boosts Primal Kyogre’s Special Attack. Its Ability also seems to get a boost, although this information cannot yet be confirmed. Primal Kyogre is massive, growing to be more than twice Kyogre’s size.
The games will also include more Mega Stones, adding to the total of 28 that were introduced in Pokémon X/Y. In addition to the reveal of the new legendaries, some new screenshots of the game were also released:
And to top it off a couple of new illustrations were released to show the beauty of the game, including an updated look of the Hoenn region. While everything remains the same, it is all brand new.
Here are the final box art of the North American release for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire:
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be releasing on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS in North America on November 11 and in Europe on November 28. Further information about the games will release throughout the year leading up to the game’s release.