They will probably keep IV's and EV's and Natures and all of that, but I could see them adding in a new mechanic similar to Nature (or just expanding on Natures themselves) that would affect how the Pokemon is in battle rather than its stats. (Not an ability- I think that it would be similar to Nature in that it is unique to each Pokemon.) I can't see them doing away with Natures or Abilities or any of that entirely, maybe just tweaking them a bit.
The source is post 58 in this thread. The first point pertains to Pokémon transfers being retained for the foreseeable future, and the second one refers to IVs and EVs as being a staple that makes Pokémon interesting and thus should be kept. The last point is about Ghetsis' right eye and right arm being wounded by a Pokémon. Dogasu, who was able to hear only some of the questions, confirmed that the last one was really asked. I don't see why the source would have faked the other parts, especially as they aren't surprising.
So, nope, I don't see hackers or simulator battlers have any problems with new mechanics.
At first I took that with a big grain of salt, but now that hes hyped it up again it looks like it could really amount to something. I speculated in Silktree's thread that it may be related to an EV increase in some way based on the happiness mechanic being expanded.
Sounds pretty cool! I'm all for an easier way to make my pokemon stronger.
I hope this new mechanic is something similar to the "links" in Pokémon Conquest. I loved that.
Minor tweaks to the IV, EV or Nature system wouldn't suffice. Those elements don't have anything to do with friendship, nor are they strictly associated with "getting stronger". Changing that fact would feel forced even if it didn't interfere with compatibility; it would be better to introduce something new.
I do like the idea of incorporating some elements from Conquest, which The Outrage was first to suggest. Quoting him from a VM:
I am also interested in seeing a variant of Warlord Skills, which are suprisingly applicable to the main series for the most part. The only thing that worries me is that Game Freak may not be inclined to borrow ideas from another developer. But in theory, the player could have an ability to learn skills, but much like with moves, they would only be able to focus on a few skills at a time. This could also encourage players to play together, which we already know will be one of the new features:Quote:
Originally Posted by The Outrage
Or as Masuda put it:Quote:
People around the world will be able to simultaneously experience 'Real Play'. The game uses an innovative communication system that makes it feel as if you are playing with other players around the world.
It remains to be seen just how the Real Play feature will work. Will there be normal communication with players from across the world or will ghost data be involved? Either way, if we do get to play with other people in some way (not just for standard battles and trades), then it be very nice if different players had different skills as it would make tag battles quite beneficial. Not only that, but perhaps the new bonding feature could also be enhanced through Real Play; players could gain something by training their Pokémon together.Quote:
An innovative communication system that will make you feel connected with players from around the world as you play the game.
Maybe its some sort of extension, like the Miiverse, where you can chat within a moderated enviroment? And the battle system gaining such a huge update like that, I just don't know. Something tells me they'll keep what they have, considering how the battles are the same, but add some sort of new stat. Or just come out with the IV's and EV's with a new simplified method to train Pokemon to perfection.
Me personally? I hope that it isn't some simple add on to the freindship stat so that certain events are altered in accordance to it (like a higher critical hit ratio or more umph out of all your stats just because you boosted one), because in my oppinion that is taking away from gameplay rather than adding to it. Also, I hope that traded and transfered pokemon, even those that are at level 100 can benefit from the new system (and lets face it , who hasn't felt some sort of bond with their first shiny or pokemon they brought up to level 100).
Masuda pretty much confirmed there will be some changes in the battle system in his new blog:
A new battle mechanism that allows your Pokémon to become even more powerful
when the bonds you share grow stronger.
I would love something like that to happen. Even though I don't see them changing the battle system that much, I hope they incorporate certain elements into the current system.Quote:
Originally Posted by The Outrage
No matter what they do, a change in the battle mechanics would be very welcome, especially since Generation V did absolutely nothing on that department, unlike all other Generations.
The only thing I'm wary of is if GameFreak were actually willing of doing a new feature of that scope, though at least it would show that they really do want things to "evolve" as they put it on the 3DS. I can easily see how that concept would fit into trainer customization if we have that this Gen, but I wonder if they did take that route how would EVs/IVs be handled under it if there were a stat overhaul of that magnitude.
I'd definitely be for it for my own reasons however, as I always felt like something akin to Conquest is the next logical step after all the N/Team Plasma plot business. Overall, I at least hope they are willing to incorporate some ideas into it as I enjoyed the Conquest approach which felt like there was a deeper connection overall with the warlords & their Pokemon than in the regular main series.