‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet,’ an open-world game, featuring motorbike legendaries.
In a Pokémon Presents Wednesday, the Pokémon Company released further details about its forthcoming mainline games Scarlet and Violet. Pokémon trainers were seen in a teaser to be students at an academy, going on a treasure quest across the new Paldea area alongside the newest legendary Pokémon, Koraidon and Miraidon. The couple may transform into vehicles to let players navigate the environment by land, water, and sky.
The Pokémon Company claims that this generation will be the first in the mainline series to feature open-world games, and has shown off not only the various professors and rivals that players will meet (Professor Sada in Scarlett and Professor Turo in Violet), but also new regional forms of fan-favorite Pokémon like Wooper. They also featured new fun animations for the three starters – the fire crocodile Fuecoco, the grass feline Sprigatito, and the water duckling Quaxly.
The statement also hinted to three playable paths in the plot, but it’s unclear how varied they would be.
Wednesday’s clip also showcased raid combat, which resembled the Max Raid battle system from the previous generation but now contain a new concept in which players may heal and attack depending on timed inputs.
The business also introduced various changes to its mobile gaming portfolio. Ultrabeasts may now emerge in “Pokémon Go,” and players may spend daily incense to attract many new Pokémon, including legendaries. “Pokémon Unite,” which is celebrating its one anniversary, debuted a new Pokémon, Buzzwole, as well as a festive mode in which every player on the battlefield is Pikachu in a different outfit. “Pokémon Masters EX,” which celebrates its third anniversary, revealed a new feature dubbed trainer’s lodge, which looked to show your trainer units mingling in a hub-like environment.
Finally, “Pokémon Café Remix” proved that, indeed, Mewtwo does eat, with a new mode in which players must please Mewtwo’s palate with a variety of meals.
The live stream began with the announcement of the venue of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, which would be held in London following a pandemic-related delay. The event will also feature two new games, a championship series for “Pokémon Go” and “Pokémon Unite.” The event will be broadcast live on the Pokémon YouTube channel.