Pokémon is no stranger to having multiple versions of their games. Besides the fact that each generation ships with a pair of two, there is usually new Pokémon game(s) in the middle of every generation (besides gen 6) that serves as an update. With Pokémon UltraSun and UltraMoon Versions on the way, it’s safe to say this tradition is continuing. We don’t really know too much about these upcoming games since they were just announced, but previous mid-gen updates should serve as examples in what to expect.
So far, new Pokémon, new Ultra Beasts, and additional story is confirmed in UltraSun and UltraMoon, however these additions were to be expected. Based on the titles alone, let alone what details have been released, we can extrapolate that these games will have a relationship to Sun and Moon that Black 2 and White 2 similarly had with Black and White. Namely, they seem to be sequels. We don’t know if the story will be a direct continuation or not, but at the very least they seem to be games whose gameplay experience would be enhanced by playing Sun and Moon first. They also give off a similar vibe to Black 2 and White 2 where both of the featured legendary Pokémon have new forms.
Since these two new entries have more potential to line up with Black 2 and White 2 features, there isn’t much we can tell for sure from the other games. All the first four generations combined features from their previous entries into one title, but there are two updated games this time like in gen 5. However, it’s safe to assume that they all will have an impact.
In Yellow, there were similar additions to the Pokédex with Pokémon previously ridiculously hard to obtain in Red and Blue and some that were made exclusive to Yellow. UltraSun and UltraMoon will probably do something similar besides adding new Pokémon not listed in the Pokédex. Crystal added a bunch of changes such as aesthetic updates that better fit the story, text boxes identifying when you enter a new area, updated sprites, areas, and so on. UltraSun and UltraMoon can easily change some of the existing locales, aesthetic, clothes, etc. to make it more attractive to fans who played Sun and Moon already.
Emerald added to most of its areas rather than redesigning them, with additions of different characters, events, and activities throughout that didn’t exist prior. The new games could replicate this and make themselves beefier with content than Sun and Moon. Finally, Platinum had an expanded regional Pokédex allowing for more Pokémon to be caught during the main story. This would be a huge benefit for the new games since Sun and Moon were a little disappointing with how few Pokémon were available until the National Pokédex came out months later.
These are all predictions and none of this is for certain. What features do you think will be a part of UltraSun and UltraMoon?