What’s being speculated for months now has finally been confirmed: “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon” are set in two different worlds. Not only that, the two RPGs from Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have a 12-hour time difference to really distinguish one from the other in terms of gameplay.
Just this Tuesday, The Pokémon Company uploaded on to its The Official Pokémon Channel on YouTube a teaser trailer that announced the 12-hour time difference between the worlds of “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon,” among many other things. Right away, this explains how the two games are going to be distinct from each other.
The new trailer also revealed that certain events will play out differently in the two worlds, while hinting at the possibility that a different set of Pokémon would be featured in each video game. The latter was abruptly confirmed by The Pokémon Company via the official “Pokémon Sun and Moon” website, saying: “Some of the Pokémon that appear in ‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Pokémon Moon’ are different — including Solgaleo and Lunala, which hold the key to the story. It seems that some of the Pokémon that appear as Totem Pokémon in the trials are also different.” And true enough, the recently released trailer shows Alolan Raticate as the Totem Pokémon in “Pokémon Moon” and Gumshoos as the Totem Pokémon in “Pokémon Sun.”
Explaining how the 12-hour time difference would play out, The Pokémon Company noted that “Pokémon Sun” would follow the time showed in the Nintendo 3DS, while “Pokémon Moon” would take place 12 hours from the registered time. Aside from the disparity in time, the company also admitted that a few scenes are bound to be different in the two video games.
“This was our first attempt at making such a great difference between two game versions. In the Alola region, the Pokémon that you might encounter on the same route can vary between day and night, and so this time difference allows players to have a completely different experience,” Game Freak’s Shigeru Ohmori, who is also the director of the two games, said.
Ohmuri added that hopefully players would find it a delight to spot the differences in “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon,” since similar events in the games could involve different natural phenomena. On a final note, he said that he and his team worked so hard in ensuring that both games exude a sense of closeness that would make players feel as though they really are in the islands of the Alola region.
Check out all the stills taken from the newly released Japanese trailer for "Pokémon Sun and Moon" that show how different the two worlds are going to be.
"Pokémon Sun" and "Pokémon Moon" are slated for release for the Nintendo 3DS family of portable gaming systems on Nov. 18.