During today’s Pokémon Presents stream, The Pokémon Company announced the Nintendo Switch would be receiving remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl later this year. The remakes are titled Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and they look far more faithful to the original DS games than previous Pokémon remakes have been.
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are not being developed by Game Freak, which has been handling remakes in the past. Instead, a company that worked on Pokémon Home, Ilca, will be taking care of these remakes. Ilca’s Yuichi Ueda and Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda — who directed the original game — will be directing the remakes.
Both of the remakes retain the original titles’ art style, with squat characters and buildings, reminiscent of the original DS games. However, during battles, characters are more realistically proportioned. According to the presentation, “the sense of scale of the original games’ towns and routes has been carefully preserved” in these remakes.
Diamond and Pearl are set in the Sinnoh region, where players begin their Pokémon journey by choosing either Chimchar, Piplup, or Turtwig. Brilliant Diamond and Shinning Pearl are planned to release simultaneously in late 2021.
Another new Pokémon game was announced during the Pokémon Presents, alongside these remakes. The Pokémon Company also showed a brand-new title called Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which also take place int the Sinnoh region.