It’s only just a couple of months away before Pokémon Sun and Moon will be launched and players of the popular monster-catching and battling game are already stoked about its release. However, it has been speculated for some time now that Sun and Moon will be played differently, unlike previous generations wherein perhaps the only main difference are the Pokémon that can be caught. The main difference between the two variants is that Game Freak and The Pokémon Company confirms there will be a 12-hour time difference between the games in order to really distinguish one from the other in terms of gameplay.
Pokémon Sun and Moon Has a 12-Hour Game Time Difference
Just recently, the Pokémon Company uploaded a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon over at their official YouTube channel wherein it highlighted the 12-hour time difference between each game, among many other things to note about. Right off the bat, it immediately explains how the two Pokémon titles will be distinct from each other.
Within the new trailer, it also revealed that there are certain events that will play out differently between the two worlds. Furthermore, it hints at the possibility that there will be a different set of Pokémon to be captured within each game. Hence, the idea of trading among others within the community will still be quite adamant in the new generation of Pokémon titles. In fact, this notion is confirmed by the people over at the Pokémon Company in the official Pokémon Sun and Moon website as they said: “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.”
According to The Pokémon Company, they have noted that Pokémon Sun and Moon would follow the time found within the Nintendo 3DS, but the Moon variant will take place 12-hours from the registered time. Aside from this disparity in time, the company also admits that there are some scenes that will be played out differently because of the difference in time. “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,” explains Shigeru Ohmori from Game Freak Ohmori, who is also the director of the two games.
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