Pokemon X/Y introduces two new kinds of battles: Horde Encounters and Sky Battles. Horde Encounters appears to be a single-player only type of battle in which wild Pokemon swarm the player with up to five enemies at once while the player is left with only one Pokemon to use. While no mention is made of player versus player Horde Encounters, the unbalanced nature of this new battle type seems like it would not offer much for player versus player anyways, except perhaps for a niche of hardcore players that want to battle their more casual friends.
As for the other new battle, certain trainers will challenge the player to Sky Battles. Interesting though in that they can only be fought by certain Pokemon with the ability to fly or levitate. Information on the specific rules of this new battle mode and whether or not it will be a useable mode in multiplayer is not yet available.
The new Player Search System (PSS) automatically alerts players to others playing Pokemon X or Y when the communication feature is turned on, giving an immediate option to battle or trade with them over the wireless connection. The PSS also allows for play with or against players all over the world.
Nintendo and Game Freak are really pushing the worldwide accessibility more than ever. Pokemon X and Y are the first generation of Pokemon games to give players the choice of seven languages to play with: English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Korean, and Spanish. Considering the already strong international audience and focus the series has always had on social gaming, this looks like a very good move not just for international gamers, but from a business perspective as well.
There was also introductions to three new Pokemon: the Fire/Flying firebird Talonflame, the pure-Water crawdad Clauncher, and Water/Poison seahorse Skrelp. These new Pokemon are welcome additions to the roster, but from the minimal information about them, they are hardly anything to get excited about yet.
Pokemon X/Y will launch on October 12 this year with a suggested retail price of $39.99.