Nintendo have just announced that the official follow up to Pokemon Pearl/Diamond will be released in North America and Europe in Spring 2011. The game is set to apparently re-invent the franchise in every way possible, featuring a vast open world to explore in 3D graphics.
The game was showcased earlier in the year on a Japanese television show, surprising both the players and gaming community, albeit from a technological aspect the game still looks relatively similar to previous incarnations. Will they still include the cheap Game Boy sound effects for the next generation of Pokemon? Will the main character sport more than four directions of movement? Only time will tell.
Black/White is set to be released in Japan in September 2010, a good half a year before it reaches Western shores. In an attempt to keep gamers occupied, Nintendo have recently released Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver, complete with a painfully novelty (yet undoubtedly hip) Pokewalker as an incentive to purchase the game. Both titles have sold 8.4 million worldwide to date proving that the series is still in full swing.
However, that being said, it is absolutely critical for Game Freak to deliver a unique gaming experience this time round to ensure that the ageing series is still relevant. More news as it comes.