It may have only been three months since Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 were released in North America and Europe, but that didn’t stop Nintendo from announcing the next two installments in the series in today’s special “Pokémon Direct” presentation.
Dubbed Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the sixth generation of Pokémon games looks to shake the franchise up even further than Pokémon Black and White before them, boasting fully rendered 3D graphics (in a style reminiscent of Dragon Quest IX) and a new array of monsters to capture and tame.
Few concrete details on the games were revealed, but the trailer that aired during today’s presentation highlighted the three new starting Pokémon that players would get to choose from at the beginning of their adventure: Chespin, a Grass-type rodent; Fennekin, a fox-like Fire-type; and Froakie, a froggish Water-type. Fans were also given a brief glimpse at the two new legendary creatures that would be adorning each game’s box art, both of which appear at the end of the trailer.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia in October, 2013.