Pokémon Presents: Pokémon Legends: Arceus Will Launch In 2022

The game is a prequel to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl set in the distant past!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 02/27/2021 03:59 Comment on this     ShareThis

Now that was a surprise. It’s not that the Pokémon series isn’t know for spin-offs—from the trading card game to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon to a bunch of different games and activities in between, Pokémon is a versatile franchise that regularly likes to branch out. Yet, while Pokémon as a whole has built up a ton of lore with characters, locales, and nominal Pocket Monsters that can fill many a bookshelf, the past of this fascinating world is something that has rarely been looked at in the games. That’s about to change with the launch of Pokémon Legends: Arceus in early 2022. Take a look:

Now that was interesting, no? Steampunk-inspired Poké Balls appear to just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this new game. Let’s see what The Pokémon Company has to say about Pokémon Legends: Arceus:

The fun of exploring while catching Pokémon and filling in a Pokédex has always been a core part of the Pokémon video game series. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was developed with the desire to deliver an experience infused with new action and RPG elements that go beyond the framework established thus far, while honoring the core gameplay of past Pokémon titles.

As Trainers explore the natural expanses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they’ll encounter Pokémon that call these grand vistas home. To catch wild Pokémon, players can study the Pokémon’s behaviours, sneak up to them, then throw Poké Balls. Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their ally Pokémon. By throwing the Poké Ball holding their ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, players will seamlessly enter battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide Trainers with an immersive experience.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings Trainers to the vast Sinnoh region as it existed in the past, long before the setting for Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl was established. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, this is a Sinnoh unlike anything Trainers have experienced before as they embark to create the region’s first Pokédex.

The fan part of this writer can’t help but feel a little giddy reading this and thinking about all of the possibilities. Apparently, in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players can choose to catch Pokémon by simply throwing Poké Balls at them (which sounds like Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!) or weakening them by battling, which involves throwing a Poké Ball with a party member Pocket Monster inside. Those Poké Balls I mentioned up above? They’re actually made from wood and shoot a puff of steam once a Pokémon is caught!

The world of Sinnoh during the time period of this game is a place where Pokémon Trainers and the Pokémon League don’t exist. Players will choose from the same three starters of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but beyond these details the main objective of Pokémon Legends: Arceus remains a mystery. One that many fans will gleefully be anticipating partaking in as the march to 2022 trudges along.

What do you think of this new direction for Pokémon? Tell us below and on social media!

Source: Pokémon Presents Broadcast 02.26.21

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