We've gotten remakes for some of the older Pokemon games... but not for third gen, Ruby and Sapphire. It's not for a lack of passionate fans, though — so passionate in fact, they're willing to read into anything that might confirm a game they love is being made.
Cue Pokemon X & Y, which released last Saturday. Since then, there's been some talk that maybe, just maybe Game Freak will remake gen three. Mostly, it's because X and Y mention Hoenn, the setting for Ruby and Sapphire, a good number of times. The screenshot above, for example, is one that I took while playing. It's not the only mention of Hoenn. Over at Reddit, some are debating whether or not the following screenshots hint at a remake:
Wait, how does that tease a Hoenn remake? Well, "facility" could be a nod to the Battle Frontier in Ruby and Sapphire, a challenging area that players could access after beating the Elite Four in the singleplayer. Going off that, the idea is that this random NPC is telling the player that we'll finally get a remake of Ruby and Sapphire... at some point.
Or, you know. He could just be a random NPC saying something completely innocuous. Then again, like I said, there were a weird number of mentions of the Hoenn region — but that also just could be confirmation bias; the result of always hearing chatter about Pokemon fans wanting a remake.
Here are a few of the other mentions of Hoenn, caught by the Twitter account Operation Hoenn... as their handles suggest, they would really like a Hoenn remake to happen!
So, what do you think? Just random mentions of Hoenn? Do they suggest a remake as much as people say they do? Do you even want a remake?