For a while, it was considered a given that a new generation of Pokémon games will also come with a remake of an older one. The release of Ruby and Sapphire came with the release of FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond and Pearl came with HeartGold and SoulSilver, and so on. When the Black and White generation had passed, many thought (including myself) that we may never see it come right back around for Ruby and Sapphire.
To our surprise, these remakes have been confirmed on the official website and are going to be called Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. There isn’t much to go on, as the site nor the teaser trailer uploaded to the official YouTube channel shows any gameplay footage. There are some details that can be speculated, though.
For starters, it’s very likely that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be using the same or a slightly modified version of the X and Y engine, much like previous remakes used their respective generations’ engines. It will be cool to see if other features from X and Y will make their way into Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, like character customization or Mega Evolutions, but no official word on their inclusion yet.
Judging by the box art for Groudon and Kyogre, respectively, they look like they have had a slight cosmetic redesign. It’s most likely just for the purpose of distinguishing between the older games, but it would be cool to see if any new story elements lead to this change in design.
As for the release of these games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be coming to the 3DS worldwide in November 2014. This will be the second time that the mainline series releases simultaneously in all regions, so hopefully this trend continues. It’s nice to not get spoiled when the game releases six months earlier in Japan.