Today, Pokemon fans(like yours truly) got news that made them jump for joy. Junichi Masuda, one of the directors at Game Freak, made a rare appearance on the popular Japanese television show dedicated entirely to the Pokemon fandom Pokemon Smash! and announced the new project Game Freak has been working on. This new project is the continuation of the fifth generation of Pokemon games, similar to the likes of Yellow for the first generation to Platinum for the fourth generation, only instead of being a “new” version like those they are more taking the route of a “sequel” version with the titles of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.
Along with the announcement of the new versions, the artwork by Ken Sugimori was revealed for the version mascots of the new games, which can be seen above. Confirmation hasn’t been official on the new mascots, but according to the fans over at Bulbagarden the mascots are new forms for Kyurem, the Dragon/Ice legendary that players can get after beating the main game in Black and White. Similar to Rotom, Giratina, and Shaymin all having placeholder data in Diamond and Pearl just to get a new form in Platinum, Kyurem has placeholder data in Black and White presumably for these new forms.
The new forms appear to be Kyurem either fusing or possessing Zekrom and Reshiram. To make matters more interesting the Zekrom-like form will be the Black mascot while the Reshiram-like mascot will be the White mascot, opposite of the mascots for Black and White.
The Japanese version has been given a release window of June and will be on the Nintendo DS. International release hasn’t been given a window, but since the information has been put up on the English language Pokemon site an international release is all but guaranteed at this point.