Chances are if you’re a Pokémon fan, you were aware of the Pokémon Direct today. Many fans have been waiting excitedly to see more of Pokemon Brilliant Pearl and Pokemon Shining Diamond, as well as the new Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Here’s a rundown of everything new we’ve seen.
Pokémon Shining Diamond / Brilliant Pearl
From this new release, it can be seen that “remake” was taken very seriously. Old favorites from the original fourth generation have returned, such as the underground system and Pokémon contests. Additionally, another feature originally shown in Pokémon Heart Gold and Pokémon Soul Silver has returned, allowing players to have their Pokémon follow behind them. Even features such as the Union Room and putting stickers on balls are returning in the remake.
There is also character customization, for those that like to dress to impress, as well as a choice of skin tones for the playable characters. Different hairstyles are also available, though the model of Lucas/Dawn remains mostly the same. It provides customization but is still in the image of the iconic duo.
The promotional video also shows redesigned, iconic areas of the game, as well as the notorious Team Galactic. Additionally, in the end, it is shown that there is an early purchase bonus of a Manaphy Egg, which previously was gained through completing a mission on the old Pokémon Ranger series.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the region of Hisui. Already, there have been several comparisons between the landscapes and Breath of the Wild. The start of this visual overlooks various biomes and weather conditions, similar to that of the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. This is likely because you, the player, are beginning to make the first PokéDex – in a world where humans and Pokémon are yet to work together.
The Hisui region also brings its own regional forms and evolutions. Growlithe, for example, is significantly more fluffy and is both fire and rock type. Stantler also gets its own evolution into Wyrdeer, which is a psychic and normal type. The other Pokémon shown to be getting their own Hisuian form is Braviary, and it is likely that there will be more that are yet to be showcased. The other Pokémon shown to have its own new evolution is Basculin into Basculegion, which the player can ride as shown in the release.
Another new feature is that Pokémon can, and will, attack the player and not just their Pokémon. A phenomenon is making the Pokemon enraged, and it’s up to the player to defeat/capture them. However, if the player is attacked and takes too much damage, they can blackout themselves – which is a whole new way to try Nuzlocke! Players will have to dodge the incoming attacks while preparing their team for battle.
There are additional changes. As Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in the past, Pokémon Centers are now Pokémon Camps that the player can rest at. Additionally, Pokéballs also take on an entirely new appearance.
What are your thoughts on the remakes, and the new game? Are you excited to try them, or are you worried? Let us know in the comments!