Secret Bases Return for Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire

Secret Bases Return for Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire

The original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire introduced Secret Bases, and they'll return for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as a way for players to manage their own Pokemon gyms.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will have Super Secret Bases for each player to customize, decorate, and make rules for Pokemon battles, the Pokemon Company revealed last night.

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire introduced secret bases into the series, which stuck around for Diamond and Pearl with some differences. In Ruby and Sapphire, players can discover secret base locations throughout the region, and the size and shape of each base varies. Players can decorate their secret base with dolls, furniture, and accessories.

New to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Sapphire is a greater level of customization that allows players to manage a gym inside their base. Like gyms throughout the series, the gyms in players' secret bases can contain tricks and mazes, and the owner of the secret base decides the rules for what kind of Pokemon battles are allowed in the base. Secret bases can be shared through QR codes.

As in previous games, the secret bases of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will have a capture the flag activity where players can examine the flag beside the PC in another player's base to take it. Players can take one flag per day. Some kind of team ranking will be in place; the press release notes that taking flags from many secret bases improves the team ranking, leading to more rewards and extra skills for Secret Pals, other players you can scout and bring back to your base. Secret Pals use "special skills" to help players on their Pokemon journey, and players can battle them at any time in their secret bases.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launches Nov. 21 for 3DS.

Source: Pokemon Company

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Given this is a remake, it's less 'Return' and more 'Won't be cut'.

Regardless: I do love me some additional gameplay, and I would love to be able to populate my game with a gauntlet of gyms for post-game. That will really help solve the standard issue with Pokémon games (the lack of a post-game outside of competitive multi).

It will be rather irritating if you have to track down specific base locations to run multiple though. I'd rather not have to spend 3-5 minutes commuting to each base if I have a bunch of different bases in the game.

Am I the only person who isn't losing their minds over Secret bases??

Good. I liked this feature back in the day.

Just hope they didn't cut player character customization.

This is sweet! It's also cool how they added a social aspect to it. How many people have said that they wanted to run their own gym?!

The Great JT:

Just hope they didn't cut player character customization.

It kind of looks like they did, at least in all the screenshots, there aren't any with the characters wearing different hats or cloths or anything. They might have did it to stay truer to the originals, but still it's a little bit of a disappointment and I hope it's only because this is a remake. Then again, Pokemon that follow you were a favorite feature of Heart Gold and Soul Silver and it never returned.

Oh look, more gimmicky online bullshit that will stop working for good 5 seconds after they released the next game.
Pardon me for not being excited for a feature locked away behind the online wall in a pokemon game.

So how about substantial improvements to the core game that don't come with an expiration date?
Like the ability to restart your game without losing everything you collected over 50 million hours, the ability to bloody rename- as well as reteach/delete moves of your own pokemon yourself mr "master trainer" or how about difficulty levels that weren't implemented by an evil genie.

loa:
Oh look, more gimmicky online bullshit that will stop working for good 5 seconds after they released the next game.
Pardon me for not being excited for a feature locked away behind the online wall in a pokemon game.

So how about substantial improvements to the core game that don't come with an expiration date?
Like the ability to restart your game without losing everything you collected over 50 million hours, the ability to bloody rename- as well as reteach/delete moves of your own pokemon yourself mr "master trainer" or how about difficulty levels that weren't implemented by an evil genie.

Umm.. I dont know if you've ever played a pokemon game, but you could pretty much do all of those things. The Name Rater has been around since Red/Blue, the Move Deleter started in gen. 2, and Black and White did incorporate difficulty levels.

Oh, and a way to restart without losing progress? a revolutionary new feature called "Saving your Game".

I remember not using this in the first Ruby and I cant wait to not use it now!

OT: If I can also populate my "gym" with NPC trainers, then fuck, I'm sold on the concept. I've always wanted to roll-play as a gym leader.

EyeReaper:
Umm.. I dont know if you've ever played a pokemon game, but you could pretty much do all of those things. The Name Rater has been around since Red/Blue, the Move Deleter started in gen. 2, and Black and White did incorporate difficulty levels.

Oh, and a way to restart without losing progress? a revolutionary new feature called "Saving your Game".

I believe Ioa was specifically suggesting the ability for the *player* to rename/remember/delete moves anywhere rather than having to remember where it is this game and go there. Heck, even the ability to do it from box would be a step up.

Black/White didn't do difficulty - Only B2/W2 did, and X/Y dropped them.

Also, with saving Ioa was almost certainly referring to multiple playthroughs - Endgame tends to be rather stale if you don't like competitive multi or IV breeding, but a restart means losing everything. We all know why they don't implement multiple save files (So people buy multiple copies and/or don't lend copies) but it's still annoying.

St. Aidan:
Am I the only person who isn't losing their minds over Secret bases??

No, sir, you are not.
It's good to see this stuff back. If you'll excuse me, I have a lot of fanboying to do...

St. Aidan:
Am I the only person who isn't losing their minds over Secret bases??

Not just you, I was never to crazy over Secret Base (it was a useless move to have just to make a base nor did I had mate to show of the base to) in Ruby and my feeling are still the same in the remake even at the base becoming your own Gym. (Who can I show my base off to? Streetpasser?)

loa:
Oh look, more gimmicky online bullshit that will stop working for good 5 seconds after they released the next game.
Pardon me for not being excited for a feature locked away behind the online wall in a pokemon game.

I'm not sure how much you must have skipped over in your impatience but Secret Bases aren't exclusively online like the DreamWorld was and will keep working long after the next generation of Pokemon comes out.

Scarim Coral:

(Who can I show my base off to? Streetpasser?)

You can create a QR code and invite other people to it via the internet.

also because it's 3ds, most likely streetpassers, yes

Eclipse Dragon:

The Great JT:

Just hope they didn't cut player character customization.

It kind of looks like they did, at least in all the screenshots, there aren't any with the characters wearing different hats or cloths or anything. They might have did it to stay truer to the originals, but still it's a little bit of a disappointment and I hope it's only because this is a remake. Then again, Pokemon that follow you were a favorite feature of Heart Gold and Soul Silver and it never returned.

Im pretty sure Gamefreak just cut features from Pokemon games and bring them back a few gens later to drum up hype (like they're doing with secret bases now)

The Bucket:

Eclipse Dragon:

The Great JT:

Just hope they didn't cut player character customization.

It kind of looks like they did, at least in all the screenshots, there aren't any with the characters wearing different hats or cloths or anything. They might have did it to stay truer to the originals, but still it's a little bit of a disappointment and I hope it's only because this is a remake. Then again, Pokemon that follow you were a favorite feature of Heart Gold and Soul Silver and it never returned.

Im pretty sure Gamefreak just cut features from Pokemon games and bring them back a few gens later to drum up hype (like they're doing with secret bases now)

The way I rationalize it they seem to be trying to make every region have something unique about it.

Glad to see those are coming back, they were my favorite part of Sapphire. For some reason, I found home decorating a much more compelling end-game than fighting through that stupid tower thing. Now, does anyone know if they're bringing back the trumpets?

As long as they don't also bring back the Fishing for A Golden Needle in a Haystack (finding Feebas), I'm down with the remakes either way.

Atmos Duality:
As long as they don't also bring back the Fishing for A Golden Needle in a Haystack (finding Feebas), I'm down with the remakes either way.

Even if they do it's not like they're all that rare anymore. I've gotten a few from wonder trading a box full of 5 I.V. Pumpkaboo.

Semi-DemiFiend:

Atmos Duality:
As long as they don't also bring back the Fishing for A Golden Needle in a Haystack (finding Feebas), I'm down with the remakes either way.

Even if they do it's not like they're all that rare anymore. I've gotten a few from wonder trading a box full of 5 I.V. Pumpkaboo.

Call me old fashioned, but I consider it a matter of pride and principle to catch your own fish. :p

...and now I'm buying both versions!

Also, I really don't think I'll be able to put the game down now... That hunt for that "perfect" secret base sleeps for no trainer!

Because I'm a sad loser, this makes me happy because I love customizing my own living spaces. Fill that bitch up with dolls, and hopefully they bring back the glass furniture as well.

On top of that, you can make your own gym? Man, I gotta get more details on that. How many Pokes can I have? Do they all need to share a type? What level can they be?

This was the only addition made to Pokemon just for the social experience that I really liked. I spent WAY too much time making the perfect base in Ruby. I plan to do the same thing this time!

 

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