CoroCoro reveals Mystery Dungeon sequel details
The June issue of CoroCoro reveals new details about the upcoming sequel to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (ポケモンの不思議のダンジョン). Two versions, as before, subtitled Time Expedition (時の探検隊) and Darkness Expedition (闇の探検隊), will be released in Japan this fall. As previously noted, this is the first time that Chunsoft is making a sequel to a Mystery Dungeon game involving licensed characters other than Torneko or Chocobo.
The premise of the game, as suggested by the subtitles, is that of exploration, as opposed to rescue as in the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. The impetus appears to be a stone fragment which is thought to form the gateway to legendary locations and/or treasure. As before, the player is subjected to a personality test at the beginning of the game that determines which Pokémon the player will be in the Pokémon world. Among the 16 available player characters are Munchlax, Pikachu, Piplup, Chimchar and Turtwig.
Included in the new game mechanics are guilds. In order to form a great exploration party, the player must train, and to train, the player must enter a guild. The guild master is a Wigglytuff, and its right-hand man is a noisy Chatot. Other guild members include a Bidoof. As in all previous Mystery Dungeon games, the defining feature of the game is the random dungeons in which players execute their quests.
More will be revealed in the next issue of CoroCoro.