Newly released official art and screenshots confirm that Game Freak’s upcoming sequels to Pokémon Black and White, unlike the series’ other third installments to each generation (Pokémon Crystal, Emerald, Platinum, etc.), will be true sequels rather than rehashes of their predecessors.
According to information from Japanese magazine CoroCoro, Black 2 and White 2 will follow a new main storyline and include new characters and areas. This is a major departure for the series, which until now has followed a predictable formula in the release of its games. The games are set for release on June 23rd, 2012 in Japan and some time this fall in the US.