Pokémon Legends: Arceus Revealed, New Open-World Action RPG for Nintendo Switch

The Pokémon franchise ventures into new territory with a new, long-desired open-world game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Image Source: Official Pokémon, via YouTube
Image Source: Official Pokémon, via YouTube

The Pokémon Company released a much-anticipated Pokémon Presents event today. While much of the hype centered on potential remakes, a new title has landed which is going to be a huge shake-up for the Pokémon video game series: Pokémon Legends: Arceus!

The Pokémon Presents presentation started by outlining all of the exciting developments that the Pokémon franchise has seen throughout the past 25 years, whether that means new products or technological developments through the games themselves. 

That next big step looks to be Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which was described as an Action RPG and looks set to have a truly open-world experience that includes the ability to capture Pokémon even outside of an active battle. 

Pokémon Legends: Arceus charts a new path for the series

We got lots of important details about the new series, but it’s worth noting that the video did have disclaimers that gameplay footage wasn’t final. It’s possible that things may look a bit different or change-up a bit, but we’ve now got a good idea of what The Pokémon Company has in mind for this new direction. 

Rather than creating a new region, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is actually a prequel that will take place in the Sinnoh region. This is the same area where Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and the upcoming remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shinning Pearl, take place. 

As shown in the video, your trainer will be based in a single prosperous village within the Sinnoh region. Your goal will be to create the region’s very first Pokédex, and you’ll definitely need to be catching plenty of Pokémon to pull that off. The new game is due to be released in early 2022. 

Pokémon Legends: Arceus unites a unique trio of classic starters

Image Source: Official Pokémon, via YouTube

Rather than taking the path that most games have, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is bringing together three starter Pokémon from different generations. As the reveal explained, a Pokémon Professor brought them from other regions when traveling to Sinnoh and will gift one to you as you begin your journey. 

Your starter Pokémon choices will be Cyndaquil, Rowlet, and Oshawott. There will still be the option of a fire, grass, and water-type starter, as usual, but these come from various games. 

Cyndaquil is originally from the Johto region and was a starter Pokémon in Gold, Silver, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. Rowlet is the newest addition to the franchise as a starter from Alola and introduced in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. Finally, there’s Oshawott from the Unova region of Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. 

What does this mean for the series moving forward? 

Image Source: Official Pokémon, via YouTube

The doubly exciting news about this new game is that Pokémon is trying this style in addition to a traditional and faithful remake of Diamond and Pearl. Rather than abandoning the way they’ve done things in the past, they’re adding to it while also going in a separate direction. 

With the action-RPG description and the ways that the battles were presented in the Pokémon Presents reveal, Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks like it’ll be taking what has been described as a Final Fantasy-styled approach to combat, rather than the more passive method of combat in classic Pokémon games. 

While not revealed in the video, there are additional rumors coming from trusted source CentroLeaks, who had reported on the now confirmed remakes of Diamond and Pearl.

They explain that these open-world battles will be seamless in transition, and that if you don’t have any Pokémon, you can be attacked by those that you encounter. For now, however, these details should be treated as rumor and nothing more – despite the trusted source

That said, this does make sense based on the videos that were shown, as you can visibly see the trainer catching a Pokémon by tossing a Pokémon and hiding in the grass, rather than engaging in an active battle. 

While not due until early 2022, Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks to be an exciting new approach to the 25-year-old franchise.

Patches Chance

Hey yo, I’m Patches Chance. Everything started with my red Game Boy Pocket and a copy of Pokémon Red. A few decades, two BioShock tattoos, and one Pokémon tattoo later, I ended up here. I’ve also been an editor with RealSport and Daily DDT covering professional wrestling, and I’ve written for App Trigger and Dork Side Of The Force. You can find me basically everywhere @patcheschance.

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