Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby getting Super Secret Bases

A new feature has been revealed for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Players will now have Super Secret Bases which are essentially homes they can decorate but with a twist. These bases are actually gyms you can alter and set rules for so that your friends and online players can challenge them.

Secret bases were in Ruby/Sapphire when they released on the GBA over ten years ago but this time the whole “let players battle it out with your rules” makes things fresh.

Here’s how the official Pokemon site describes them:

Super-Secret Bases are an awesome new way to express your creativity and join up with friends in the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. Create a Secret Base that’s all your own, including selecting and placing Decorations however you like. You can use Decorations to create tricks in your Secret Base, decide the rules for what kind of Pokémon battles are allowed there, and make it like your very own Pokémon Gym! Then get ready for other players to come and challenge you!

This has been one of my most requested features for Pokemon for a long time. I wanted user-generated gyms for so long. Hopefully we’ll get to design our own badges with the touch screen too.

This single features probably adds an infinite amount of replay value to a game that was already bursting with content.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release November 20th on 3DS.