Today has been an exciting day for Pokémon fans; not only did Nintendo announce a brand new Pokémon type during its Nintendo Direct broadcast earlier this morning, the company held a special developer round table for the upcoming 3DS games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, in which two series bigwigs, director Junichi Masuda and The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara– discussed even more information about the new titles.
The round table began with a few details on X and Y‘s online features. Players will be able to search for other trainers with whom to battle or trade, either locally or around the world, at any time using the new Player Search System. You’ll also be able to register anyone you’ve interacted with as Friends; anyone already on your 3DS friends list will automatically be added.
Another new feature in Pokémon X and Y are the “Horde Encounters,” in which players will take on five opponents at once. Masuda demonstrated this feature by stumbling upon a pack of Houndour while exploring. Given the overwhelming odds, Horde Battles will reward players with bonus experience.
Horde Encounters aren’t the only new type of battles in the games, either– Pokémon X and Y will also introduce new Sky Battles. As their name implies, Sky Battles take place in the air and are limited primarily to Flying-type Pokémon (and monsters that have certain abilities such as Levitate). To demonstrate the feature, Masuda battled Talonflame, the Fire- and Flying-type evolution of Fletchling. We also got a glimpse at two other new Pokémon making their debut in Pokémon X and Y: Skrelp, a Poison- and Water-type sea horse, and Clauncher, a new crawfish-like Water-type.
Last, but certainly not least, Masuda and Ishihara have confirmed that certain Pokémon can be ridden in the games. We’ve already known that players can ride the new Grass-type Pokémon Gogoat around Lumiose City, but it appears that other monsters such as Rhyhorn can serve as mounts as well, which will help you traverse certain terrain.
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