There are few things certain in life; death, taxes and a new Pokemon generation. With Generation 6 and its accompanying remake coming to a close very soon, Pokemon Generation 7 is an inevitability in the next years or so. Before rumors and sound confirmation pops up, I thought it may be fun to indulge ourselves in juicy conjecture and speculation; let’s face reality, we can’t wait for a new generation.
For the most part it will be difficult to speculate on the minor details such as the legendary duo, starters and the what not’s. However, if we observe the trends of all mainline Pokemon games we can make an informed guess as to where Game Freak intends to take Generation 7 to.
Before anyone get’s their panties tied in a knot, this is PURE speculation on my part; not intended to spread information, but rather serve as an entertaining read.
So without further ado, let’s start speculating!
Generation 7: Pokemon Yin and Pokemon Yang
Almost every generation is name after complimentary pairs. So far we have had Blue & Red, Gold & Silver, Ruby & Sapphire, Diamond & Pearl, Black & White and the latest X&Y. I recall a rumor that suggested the next generation will be Pokemon Plus and Minus, which isn’t an impressive name and it borderlines on the lame side.
Going by the complimentary pair trend of naming the games, I propose Pokemon Yin and Pokemon Yang, named after the famous Chinese philosophy. For those who may not be familiar with Yin-yang describe the equilibrium between opposite forces, for example good and evil, light and dark or Sony and Microsoft.
Not only does Pokemon Ying and Yang sound marketable, it offers a strong premise for which Game Freak can base the story and legendary trios on. Using the nature interpretation of Yin and Yang: Light and Dark. We can translate this as day and night. From here the story writes itself.
The two themed legendary Pokemon have the power to control the day and night cycles. The evil organization, let’s say are called team Yin and Yang respectively, aims to use the mythical beings to create a state of eternal day and eternal night. It is your journey to stop team Yin and Yang to restore the balance of the world. It is a suitable story that follows the tropes of past Pokemon games.
Staying consistent with the Yin and Yang theme, it is only natural that the new region to be inspired by China’s capital city, Beijing. Beijing is a breathtaking city with several iconic landmarks and architecture that can be the inspiration for the new region. The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Birds Nest and the Temple of Heaven are just some places that Game Freak can draw inspiration from.
Furthermore, I believe that Beijing is the next logical step from Kalos. Since Game Freak is drawing inspiration from iconic cities such as New York and Paris, Beijing would be obvious choice for the next city. Other iconic cities that Game Freak could base Pokemon Generation 7 on are Berlin, Moscow, Rome, London and even my home city, Sydney.
As much as I love Japan, its people and cities; I don’t want the next Pokemon Generation 7 to be based on a place in the land of the rising sun. Pokemon is a game with global appeal, it will be terribly disappointing if Game Freak doesn’t continue to embrace this idea.
I don’t expect Generation 7 to be released on the 3DS. Whatever Game Freak envisions for the new game, it will be realized on a new piece of hardware; this I am certain. With mobile technology improving exponentially year after year, generation 7 will likely be the most gorgeous mainline Pokemon game to date. It has the potential to be a dynamic open world with bustling environments and free roaming wild Pokemon. Just look how great Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth runs on the Vita. I want a Pokemon game that matches or even surpasses this.
I, myself, have been critical of Game Freaks lack of ambition in recent Pokemon entries. Running in stronger hardware, Pokemon can reach new lofty heights in both visuals and gameplay. It can be the dawn of a new golden age for the series, a returning to a global phenomenon
Whatever Game Freak envisions for Generation, I’m sure it will turn out great like every other Pokemon game. But what are your thoughts on my vision for generation 7? Do you like them? Do you agree or disagree? What are your visions for Pokemon generation 7? Let me know by leaving a comment below!