The Pokémon Company unveiled a new Pokémon title called Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which was the highlight of the latest Pokémon Presents presentation. It’s a prequel game and takes place in the same region as Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’s Sinnoh region. It also seems to be a completely be a different game from its predecessors, set in a time when there was no such thing as a Pokémon trainer.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus features several of the classic characters from previous titles, including Cyndaquil, Rowlet and Oshawott. Environments appear to be more tranquil and quiet, but it’s unclear if this game is going to follow the same format as traditional Pokémon titles. Your goal is to make Sinnoh’s first Pokédex, so queue up the mystery music.
Pokémon are living wildly in a harsher environment from the games set in more modern times. At the center of the games’s story is the Mythical Pokémon Arceus. You’ll be able to catch and battle Pokémon using traditional move-based style, but with new “action and RPG elements” included as well — according to the official site. There may not be a Pokémon League and possibly no other trainers either, due to the time period in which the game takes place.
Game Freak is developing the title, aiming to “break new ground” for the Pokémon series. The game is set to launch worldwide for the Nintendo Switch in early 2022.
Two other Pokémon games are in the works, remakes for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl which should be arriving towards the end of this year.