Pokémon Omega Ruby (Japanese: ポケットモンスター オメガルビー Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby) and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Japanese: ポケットモンスターアルファサファイア Pocket Monsters Alpha Sapphire) are the primary paired upcoming Generation VI games that are enhanced remakes of the third-generation titles Ruby & Sapphire. The new games were revealed in a worldwide announcement on the official Pokémon websites on May 7, 2014 and have an expected worldwide release period of November 21, 2014* for Japan, North America, South Korea, and Australia. It will be released on November 28, 2014 for Europe.
According to the press release that announced the games, the new titles will take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.
According to Nintendo-Insider, Shingeki Morimoto states Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire will bring another change to battling in the Pokemon World.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as a remake that adds new life to many concepts from the original Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald games. Several things are remodeled, as can be seen in the trailers.
Several Pokémon now have a Mega Evolved form. The most notable ones are the region's starters. Sceptile and Swampert will be capable of Mega Evolution, along with Blaziken (who got a Mega Evolution in X and Y). In addition to that, Sableye, Metagross, Salamence, Altaria, Lopunny, Slowbro, Audino, Camerupt, Sharpedo, and Gallade can also Mega Evolve (Diancie as well if you received the Pokémon X and Y event card from Gamestops, etc.). The item used to Mega Evolve Pokemon in these games is called the Mega Bracelet.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the first remakes to feature 3D gameplay. The player can now move in all 8 directions. Some areas are also in 2D.
Secret bases make a return in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as Super Secret Bases. Everything from the previous Pokémon game Secret Bases returns. The player is able to share secret bases using Street Pass or QR Codes. Player can also make people his or her, "Secret Pals" if he or she visits another person's base.
Changes from Ruby, Sapphire, & Emerald
- Mega Evolutions and Mega Stones are added to the remakes.
- Brendan and May have completely different attires, Brendan has brown hair and May has a bow instead of the bandana worn in the Generation III games.
- Team Magma and Team Aqua have been given new designs. Team Magma Admin Tabitha appears to be huskier than he appeared in the Generation III games and Courtney has purple hair instead of brown hair. The Team Aqua Admins have dark skin tones. Team Aqua Admin Shelly has black hair with accents of blue instead of red hair and Matt is more muscular than he originally appears in the Generation III games.
- Steven Stone has a Mega Metagross, while his plot has been expanded to include his search for the secrets of the Mega Stones.
- The Trainers and Hoenn Gym Leaders have the VS. Artwork used for battling from Pokémon X and Y, instead of using the VS. Sprites used for Gen IV & V.
- Courtney can fight against the player again since she was unable to be fought against in the Emerald version.
- Groudon and Kyogre have Primal Devolution forms.
- Completely new characters, such as Aarune, Lisia, and Zinnia appear in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Secret Bases have been completely upgraded, becoming Super Secret Bases in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, its features include, sharing other player's bases, inviting other players as secret pals, capturing flags and customizing the player's own Gym.
- The Hoenn Pokédex has been redesigned in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and the design appears to be similar to the original Game Boy Advance system.
- Five new special costumes for Pikachu are added to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. These costumes can be accessed through contests only. These Pikachu have a special move, such as Flying Press for Pikachu Libre.
- Pokémon-Amie from Pokémon X and Y is added to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Steven Stone is now the Champion again in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, unlike in the Emerald version, in which Wallace takes Steven's place as the champion.
- The Hoenn Gym Leaders and other trainers boast new get-ups in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
- Horde Encounters from Pokémon X & Y return in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
- Horde Encounters are used in trainer battles, meaning trainers may sometimes battle in a 5 vs. 1.
- Sky Encounters are introduced in the games.
- Mirage Spots are added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Legendary Pokémon Regigigas, Heatran, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, Virizon, Terrakion, Cobalion, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Raikou, Suicune, Entei, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, and Cresselia are obtainable in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Battle Resort and Battle Maison are added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Deoxys is located in Sky Pillar after defeating Zinnia with the Rayquaza & Ho-Oh and Lugia are located in the Mirage Spots instead of located from Sevii Islands.
- Delta Episodes are added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Version Exclusive Pokémon
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the first of their kind to have a demo. In this demo contains a mini-story of it's own where the player (Orlando, if male or Anna, if female) is in Mossdeep City.