Ever since Nintendo first unveiled the long anticipated next installments in the Pokémon video game franchise we've all been waiting with bated breath to see where they're going to take us next, and the information has been, well, less than forthcoming so far.
'Pokémon Sun' & 'Moon'
Instead, we've had a ton of theories and a bunch of leaks (most proven false) and at this point we're starting to feel more than a little trolled by Game Freak, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company. From the lack of any new Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon footage on April 3's "Gathering at the Pokémon House" to the nonevent that was this month's issue of CoroCoro magazine, it feels like we've been left a little high and dry.
A big April reveal about the upcoming games had been promised in the March issue of CoroCoro, but when the April issue was released we ended up getting only blank box art of the game and a message telling us that the new content would actually be unveiled in May. Color us disappointed.
But that doesn't mean we know nothing (we're no Jon Snow) — the initial reveal gave away plenty of information, and you can check out what we learned from that by clicking on this friendly link here.
There's a lot of great stuff Pokémon Sun and Moon could bring forward from previous games, and a lot of stuff that we'd rather see left in the dust. But a fairly new aspect of the games has gained a lot of attention in the fanbase, and a lot of speculation as to whether or not we'll see it in the next generation of the franchise.
There's already been reports circulating online which claim that the trainer customization system will return in Pokémon Sun and Moon, and honestly that would be a pretty good move.
But, get your salt shakers at the ready, because these "reports" are based purely on speculation and online chatter by players about what they'd like to see in the upcoming games.
A strategy-battle based game like Pokémon doesn't necessarily need a lot of character development, but the well received Pokémon X and Y allowed us to customize our character's hair and clothing, and that small action went a long way towards making us feel like the little pixel-composed character on screen was something unique to the player.
Will We See Customization In Sun & Moon?
We're not suggesting that Nintendo go all Fallout 4 on the series, but a little more character development and/or customization options in the games couldn't hurt. We've come a long way from the barrel-shaped sprite that we controlled in Pokémon Red and Blue, and the 3DS technology has long surpassed the stage which makes character customization possible.
Pokémon OR/AS didn't include this feature — perhaps an excusable oversight due to the fact that it was a remake of an older game rather than a completely new one. But in Pokémon X and Y we could pick our character's skin tone and hair color, and as you moved through the region of Kalos you could purchase different clothing, hats, bags, and other accessories.
Customization was a very well received feature of Pokémon X and Y, so it makes sense that it would make a return in Sun and Moon, and it's certainly something that many fans of the series are calling for. But until we get an official line from Nintendo, don't go counting those chickens.