The Pokémon video game series is heading in a brand new direction with a new game set in the Sinnoh region: Pokémon Legends Arceus, stepping back in time to well before the modern era and giving us a much more open world adventure. The game will be coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2022.
The next mainline game being developed by Game Freak, it features a different approach to creating a Pokémon game than before.
The game takes place in Sinnoh region from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but jumps far, far back in time to before there were Pokémon Leagues and Pokémon Trainers. The game features Rowlet, Cyndaquill and Oshawatt as the starter Pokémon that you can choose, having been brought to the region by a visiting professor who’s eager to discover more about this region’s wildlife.
The game is set in a village which will act as a hub for your adventures out into the wider world to construct the world’s first Pokédex.
You’ll be able to catch Pokémon out in the wild simply by bopping them on the head with a Poké Ball, but you can also engage them in battle with your ally Pokémon. The game adopts the same full 3D style as Pokémon Sword & Shield in 2019, but the camera angle event more like a modern 3D action RPG. It builds on the more open world elements of Sword & Shield as well, with the game’s description and pretty much everything about the trailer suggesting a wide open world to explore in the vein of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The story will revolve in some way around the legendary Pokémon Arceus, who is said to have shaped the region. How it features is obviously being kept under wraps for the time being. Will it tie into the events of later games somehow? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The game was announced during The Pokémon Company’s 25th anniversary stream, during which Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl were announced as remakes of the Nintendo DS classics from 15 years ago. Those titles will release in late 2021, giving Poké-fans a bit of a Poké-fix before the exciting new form that Pokémon Legends Arceus will take in 2022.