Game Freak has released a new look at Pokemon Scarlet & Violet after its debut back in February. And the new trailer showcases hot professors. And probably other stuff, but my mind has gone blank. Oh, right, co-op play. That’s important. Oh, yeah, and also a look at some new Pokemon, including the legendaries that will grace both games’ covers. Oh, and a release date? Both games will be available on Switch on Friday, November 18.
The trailer spends a lot of time showcasing the more open world of Scarlet & Violet, but the biggest reveal in terms of an evolution of the series is that you’ll be able to wander around this world with up to three friends. Pokemon Let’s Go had a similar mechanic, but it seems quite limited compared to what we see of Scarlet & Violet. This game will be more open natured, allowing you to explore it beyond the scope of the main story, according to the official website, so being able to explore a Pokemon world with online friends sounds like a real treat. Notably, the trailer does show the player character sneaking around Pokemon while exploring this world similar to Pokemon Legends: Arceus, but stops short of showing the trainer actually throwing a Pokeball in an active way like in the other game. So that probably means Legends: Arceus’ capture system isn’t returning. Because why would you not show that at this point if it were coming back? So Scarlet & Violet might be returning to the old way of capturing. Which isn’t ideal.
Beyond that, the trailer showcases several new Pokemon, including the starters, who we’d only seen illustrations of up to this point. But there are a few new lads like Pawmi, an electric-type rodent, Lechonk, a normal-type pig, and Smoliv, a Grass/Normal-type anxious plant. The trailer ends showing two reptilian Pokemon who are featured on both games’ covers, but we don’t know much about them beyond a pre-rendered shot and their names: Koraidon and Miraidon.
Check out the trailer below:
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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are the collective second Pokemon RPG to launch in 2022, with Pokemon Legends: Arceus having come out on Switch back in January. For more on that, check out Fanbyte’s review.