Major changes from the GameFreak development room
Some information in this article has not yet been confirmed true. Proceed with caution.
On the 3rd floor of the Pokémon Garden, on the Yahoo! Kids official Pokémon Diamond and Pearl website, is the Game Freak development room. In the room are virtual representations of the Battle Director Shigeki Morimoto (森本茂樹), Head of Development Jun'ichi Masuda (増田順一) and Art Director Ken Sugimori (杉森 健).
According to Jun'ichi Masuda, Shin'ō will have a large underground world.
Ken Sugimori ponders evolving Roselia, and also reveals a silhouette of a new Pokémon, revealed in full in the trailer for Diamond and Pearl, thought to be related to Electabuzz.
Shigeki Morimoto reveals that Thunder Punch will be a physical attack, while Hyper Beam becomes a special attack — physical and special are to be set by attack, rather than by type as in previous games. He states that the battle system will be changed "dramatically".
One unnamed female staff member mentions a new Pokémon she saw on Sugimori's screen — the silhouette Sugimori reveals. She also suggests that the three starter types will be Fighting, Psychic and Dark. If this is true, it is possible that the type affinity chart will be changed in order to balance the three.
Bulbanews has confirmed the attribution of the statements above. Please note that the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games are still in development and the above-mentioned changes may not make it into the final versions.