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Latest title to feature 3D backdrops, high rise buildings and more intense battles.
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Pokemon Company's announcement of Pokemon Black & White this week was accompanied by the promise of additional information to come on the 15th via an official site update. Expectedly, Coro Coro Comics got the details in advance, complete with first screens.

The handful of screenshots in the magazine show newcomer Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark in action on the battle field, as well as some sweet town and field sections.

It looks like Black & White will be taking the series to 3D, at least for backgrounds. Battle, fields and towns appear to be 3D, with the fields and towns taking place from a 3/4 perspective while the battles retain a similar perspective to past Pokemon games.

(Just to avoid confusion, the "3D" mentioned here is standard polygonal 3D -- not 3DS-style coming out of the screen 3D.)

It's actually a bit difficult to judge the battle system, as the magazine only scored one shot showing Zoroark in the middle of combat. The perspective does resemble past games, with the camera set behind Zoroark while his opponent is visible in the distance.

Joining the screens, the magazine mentions three (or perhaps 2.5) "major evolutions" for the title:

- More intense battle scenes
It looks like the Pokemon will engage in more heated battles this time around.

- More realistic towns
The towns rise up with high rising buildings. It also seems that the Pokemon Center will have additional shops separate from the reception desk.

- Evolution 3
It's unclear what exactly the third evolution is supposed to be about. Under this section, the magazine shows screens of a dungeon and what appears to be the game's opening town.

For those without access to Coro Coro, the first look at the new Pokemon Black & White will come later this week, hopefully complete with screenshots.
Pokemon Black & White Details Hit Coro Coro (andriasang.com, 04.11.2010)