As with past Pokémon games, the latest one, Pokémon X/Y, takes its visual cue from real world geography.
For example, in the last big Pokémon titles, Pokémon Black/White, the in-world map was apparently modelled after New York City. This time, the game appears to be modelled after France.
Have a look at how the entirely new region, dubbed “Kalos”, and its central hub Lumiose City stack up against France and Paris:
Though, this being Pokémon, it’s certainly not an exact copy by any stretch. But still, what’s up with Pokémon Spain? Pokémon Italy? And Pokémon Germany? They’re really brown.
And in case you missed it, check out the game’s latest trailer.
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