Following yesterday’s major round of new details for
Pokémon Sun and Moon, which showed off new creatures, characters, and features for the next generation of Pokémon titles, the games’ official website has been updated with some new comments from director Shigeru Ohmori. One of the major topics he touched on concerned the newly revealed twelve-hour time difference between Sun and Moon‘s clocks, explaining why they decided to implement this and how expressing various times of day can affect player experiences.
The main theme running throughout the reasoning is that these new features and focuses make for more diverse and unique player experiences. As in some older games of the series,
Sun and Moon are returning the idea of different Pokémon appearing at different times of day, so the time difference means that players will encounter a much wider variety of creatures even as they visit the same areas. These areas have also gotten a lot of focus too, as the team wants each location to help players “feel an atmosphere and sense of closeness” with the Alola region.
“To show the Alola region’s rich nature and beautiful towns, we were very particular about the lighting. Thanks to that, the same location can have a completely different appearance depending on the time—sometimes wrapped in the gentle glow of moonlight, sometimes illuminated by the crimson of the sun setting over the sea.
“At times, the same event will feature different natural phenomena in the two versions, which can only be seen in either
Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, so I hope it will be fun for players to compare the two and find these differences.
“We’ve poured ourselves into our work so that you can feel an atmosphere and sense of closeness that makes it seem as though you are in the Alola region yourself.”
— Shigeru Ohmori
After seeing lots of footage from the games, especially in yesterday’s announcements, I’d definitely say that the Alola region looks more alive and vibrant than any
Pokémon game before. But what do you think? Has Game Freak managed to impress you with their environments and new features, or are you still needing something more to get you excited? Are you planning to explore Alola during the day or at night? Let us know in the comments!