Will Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Mean The End of X and Y?

While everyone is pumped for the Ruby and Sapphire remakes, there’s a question that needs answering: will X and Y be rendered obsolete? Even the new patch doesn’t inspire much home.

It’s already been shown that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will use the same engine as X and Y. With that, why would fans continue to play it if they’ve already captured all the Pokémon?  There are only a couple of extra activities left in Kalos; none of which really contribute to anything. I suppose there are still Maison Battles if you’re looking for a challenge.

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Those little bits could still mean something to someone, but everything else from the last games will be improved upon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. You’ll still have online battles, Pokémon-Amie and Super Training, plus secret bases to decorate and Pokémon contests in which to enter your imported team, so there’s nothing to tie you to X and Y.

One of the big factors in all of this will probably be the continued use of Pokémon Bank, which helped players to complete their Pokédex by transferring Pokémon from Black and White. Since, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of an older game, they’ll have limited space in which to include Pokémon from more recent generations. Since the game is set in Hoenn, the chances of encountering Pokémon from Sinnoh, Unova or Kalos are slim. Spreading the critter collection out across multiple games is how this franchise makes its money, so it’s likely that trading or using the Bank system will be the only way to finish your Pokédex.

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It’s likely that most players will slot or Y into their 3DS one last time to transfer Pokémon, Battle items, berries, TMs and Mega Stones, but after that the cartridge will be left forgotten. It was revealed by Junichi Masuda that Pokémon X and Y will not receive an updated patch for new Mega Stones, and without new mega evolutions or primal Groudon/Kyogre, and will quickly become a competitive ghost town.

This is how things go with sequels, but  Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are following closer on the heels of their predecessors than any previous Pokémon entries. The new Pokémon forms and features mean that hardcore players have little choice but to transition to the new games, and that means and Y are done.