Last generation, the Pokémon franchise revealed Mega Evolution as a new battle mechanic. By holding a Mega Stone, certain Pokémon can evolve beyond their normal limitations to achieve a temporary form with added power. Game Freak only recently confirmed that Mega Evolution will return in Pokémon Sun & Moon, and it seems to play a much smaller role than in previous entries, based on the games’ marketing. Speaking in a recent interview with Game Informer, Director Shigeru Ohmori explained that you won’t unlock Mega Evolution until after you’ve completed the main game.

“With Pokémon Sun and Moon, we wanted to focus on a new addition to the battles, and that’s what we put in as the Z moves. The basic concept is that each Pokémon in the game will be able to use one of these Z moves once per battle to unleash a really powerful move. We felt that really increases the range of Pokémon that can be viable in a battle from a strategy perspective. That really allows people to use a lot of different Pokémon.

“We really wanted to have people kind of get used to this new idea, this new strategic element. So over the course of the main scenario of the main game, Mega Evolutions don’t appear. But once you finish the story, you unlock the access to Mega Evolve Pokémon. You run through the main game learning about these new Z moves, and after the game you unlock more strategic depth by combining Z move with mega-evolve Pokémon..”
— Shigeru Ohmori

While Mega Evolution will still be present, it will take a back seat to Z-Moves during the main story. Are you happy with this change?

Pokémon Sun and Moon will launch worldwide on November 18th for Nintendo 3DS. If you’re already sure you want to explore the Pokémon-filled world of Alola, Amazon lets you preorder Pokémon Sun right here and Pokémon Moon right here. You can also preorder the games’ official strategy guide and its hardcover collector’s edition at the respective links.

Source: Game Informer

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