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New PS4 and Vita game inspired by Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby

'Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby'
'Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby'
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Although the upcoming "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" video games won't be released on the PS4 and Vita, a similar type of title is coming to the two Playstation platforms. According to a report by Segment Next on July 22, The Layabouts is currently working on a role-playing game called "Collectems." The project pays homage to the "Pokemon" franchise, especially in regards to the first two games in the series.

In "Collectems," players will be wandering around various locales to collect, train and battle creatures found in the areas. The Layabouts did add a few interesting twists to the formula, however. For example, the world is going be non-linear, allowing for players to explore all areas without having to follow a set path. Furthermore, the upcoming title adds "perma-death," meaning that the creature cannot be revived at all after falling during battle. The studio is allowing the DNA of the fallen to be transferred to other creatures, however.

Finally, The Layabouts added some options to increase the replay value. One of the features is randomization as the creature locations, towns and other areas on the world map will be different in every new game. The development team is also allowing players to set their own difficulty options, including the ability to disable the aforementioned "perma-death" feature.

Similar games have tried to reproduce the phenomena of "Pokemon" over the previous years. However, none of the titles were able to reach the same heights, in terms of popularity, as the originator of the monster-capturing role-playing genre. "Collectems," which is coming to the computer platform as well, currently has no release date.

The aforementioned "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" is being released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 21 in the United States. The launch date for Canada has not yet been confirmed. A screen of the two latest releases from the franchise can be seen near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Pokemon Twitter page).