The next Pokemon game is said to be a rebirth of sorts for the franchise yet so far, we’ve only seen screenshots suggesting that its still the traditional hunter-gatherer game which continues to sell like crazy. In a personal blog post (via Andriasang), Junichi Masuda of developer GameFreak has revealed a definite twist in the gameplay; only brand new Pokemon will be available until you beat the game. No Charmanders, Squirtles or Psyducks (my favourite) until the game is beaten when all are unlocked. Masuda believes the constant surprise of encountering new Pokemons will feel as if veteran players are experiencing the franchise for the first time. Tactics and line-ups will have to be discovered and perfected again, hopefully freshening up a well-trodden concept. External testers were given the chance to play Pokemon Black & White and agreed that such an approach was a good thing. While it may not be the kind of rebirth we were lead to believe, it’s definitely a commendable and positive change.