The most recent Pokémon Presents brought news of the ninth generation, Scarlet and Violet. Following on the success and reviews of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the newest release is described as an “an open-world adventure”. This means players will have the freedom to explore the world at their own pace. Pokémon will be flying above players, swimming in oceans, and even lurking in the streets – much like Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

What We Know So Far: Starters

Revealed in the trailer are the new starters for this region. Sprigatito is described as the “capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon”. Fuecoco is the “laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at it’s own pace”. Quaxly, that so far seems to be the the fan favorite online, is described to be “earnest and tidy Water Duckling Pokémon”. All three have their own unique charm, and have caught the attention of Pokémon fans alike.

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What We Know So Far: Trainers And Areas

From what has been said, as well as what the trailer has shown, this game has taken the term “open world” very seriously. Pokémon appear literally everywhere, and instead of being in tall grass, emerge as overworld sprites that can be seen directly.

Additionally, the trailer has shown wild areas – and Pokémon casually within streets, not necessarily attached to trainers. The streets and buildings themselves have a Mediterranean feel to them, likely drawing inspiration for such areas.

Toward the end of the footage were also the trainer sprite and what the player would look like. Since the release of the trailer, there has also been official art released. While recent games have allowed players to change their appearances, this hasn’t been confirmed. What we do know however is the starting colors depends on which game is purchased.

What We Know So Far: Release Dates and Extras

So far, we know that Pokémon: Violet and Pokémon: Scarlet will be released later this year.

While we haven’t seen any other Pokémon new from this generation, we have seem some old favorites – such as Meowth and Pikachu. Additionally, the footage also showed the Pokémon having new textures, such as Magnemite shining as if made of metal and Serviper having a shimmering, scale like pattern.

What are your thoughts on Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet? Will you be buying the game when it’s released? What are your thoughts on the “open world” approach that is now being tried and tested in a new generation? Let us know your thoughts, feelings and theories in the comments!