Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the highly anticipated Pokémon game that marks a new direction for the series, which was revealed during the February 2021 Pokémon Presents live stream. Since this first reveal, we’ve learned a lot about the game ahead of its fast-approaching January 2022 release date.
Announced alongside Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl (a remake of the revered Nintendo DS titles), it looks a lot like Pokémon Legends: Arceus is going to be a game that will take new ground for the series, with a historical setting and some new mechanics. breaks it.
Confirmed for Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will serve as a prequel to the main series, taking players to a much older version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’s Sinnoh region (here known as the Hisui region), where Pokémon roamed freely, and they’d be charged with completing one of the area’s first Pokédex.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to launch worldwide on January 28, 2022, but in the meantime, we’ve gathered together everything we know about the game for your perusal.
[Update: It looks like Pokémon Legends: Arceus could be in a playable state. Read on to find out more.]
Pokemon Legends Arceus: Cut to Chase
- What is this? A new Pokémon game different from the mainline series
- When can I buy it? 28 January 2022
- Where can I play it? Nintendo Switch
pokemon legends arceus release date
Pokémon Legends Arceus will release for Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022. The Pokémon Company reveals the release date of the new Pokémon game Tweet Back in May, 2021. Pre-order is live now.
Pokemon Legends Arceus Trailer
New Hisui Pokemon Form
A new trailer for the game, released in October, shows off two new Hisui Pokémon forms: Zorua and Zorrok. Zorua is a ghost/normal type, better known as a “spiritful fox” Pokémon.
According to an official description, Zorua “moved into the Hisui realm after being driven from other lands by humans, who released the Pokémon to reveal supernatural illusions. But Zorua is destroyed, unable to escape the harsh Hisui environment and other Pokémon.” Their lingering spirits were reincarnated as this ghost-type through the power of their hatred of humans and Pokémon.
Zorork is also a ghost/normal type known as a “Banful Fox Pokémon”. It has been described as “brutally hostile and aggressive towards people and other Pokémon”. “The long, sinister fur projects of the Hsiian zorork emit frightening power, which creates terrifying illusions—and can even cause physical harm to enemies, inflicting damage on their bodies both inside and out. And the illusion that The Zorork projects are an expression of so much hatred for every last thing in this world that those who see them are called mad with terror.
An October trailer for Pokémon Legends Arceus takes a spookier approach than we’re used to, showing a Pokémon Professor exploring the wild before the player comes under attack from a savage Zorork. Will give
Crazy Raees Trailer
Released on September 28, 2021, this Pokémon Legends Arceus trailer shows off new gameplay features, such as being able to ride Pokémon in the wild on land, air, and bodies of water. You can also pull off trick shots with Pokéballs while riding to catch wild Pokémon.
New characters known as Wardens are introduced. It’s unclear how these characters will affect the game, but they seem to be integral to the elements of the story.
A new Pokémon named Cleaver will appear in what the game is calling ‘Frenzy Noble’. These noble Pokémon serve as boss fights, and it appears that the player trainer will have to pacify them through battle to capture them.
Finally, character customization is confirmed, and players are able to dress up their trainer in period-appropriate attire, as well as change their hairstyles back in the hub area of Jubilife Village.
Debuting in the Pokémon Presents livestream on August 18, 2021, this trailer gave us a more in-depth look at what we can expect from Pokémon Legends Arceus. We took a better look at exploration, and how wild Pokémon can interact with a playable trainer.
Pokémon Legends Arceus was arguably the biggest news item from the Pokémon Presents Showcase, where it debuted with a trailer showing off some of the early in-engine gameplay.
Pokemon Legends Arceus Gameplay and Settings
Pokémon Legends Arceus returns players to the Sinnoh region, although at a time long before the events of any mainline Pokémon game. So old, in fact, that the area is being called Hisui. The game evokes a historical Japanese setting, which is evident in its artwork, landscapes and character designs.
Pokémon Legends Arceus looks unlike any other effort we’ve seen in the series so far, and seeks to expand on the open-world elements found in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Those games included a heavily scaled back open-world element, Wild Area, which felt a bit like a separate entity to the rest of the game’s world.
In Pokémon Legends Arceus, it appears that the scope of the open world is greater than in previous entries in the series. This Breath of the Wild will not be open by any means, but will have several open areas to explore instead of just one. The trailers so far have introduced us to the hub town of Jubilee Village, as well as the Galaxy Expedition team, from where you’ll prepare for your expeditions. According to The Pokemon Company, “JubiLife Village will serve as the base for survey missions. After receiving an assignment or request and preparing for their next excursion, players move from the village to study one of Hisui’s various open areas. Will leave for the area.”
Elements like stealth are likely to play a role in Pokémon Legends Arceus. In the trailers, we see that the player character not only throws Pokéballs from far away, but also rolls a dodge and hides in tall grass. Recent Showcases confirmed that not all Pokémon will react to your presence in the same way, and many will be hostile to you.
What’s interesting is that players don’t have to engage in battle to catch a Pokémon. This is now done more fluidly through the open setting, where players can attempt to sneak up on the Pokémon, then aim and throw at them to catch the Pokéball. However, whether or not we can still catch Pokémon through combat remains to be seen.
Speaking of fighting, that element of the series is retained in Pokémon Legends Arceus, featuring the familiar turn-based gameplay. The animations seem to be more dramatic and better across the board, perhaps in response to the criticism often found in Pokémon Sword and Shield where the combat animations were somewhat weak.
By throwing a Pokéball containing your fellow Pokémon to a wild, you’re able to transition seamlessly into combat, according to the game’s website. This could make the game more similar in approach to the one seen in the Pokémon anime series, and certainly piqued our interest.
Pokemon games usually get you to go with a ‘starter’ Pokemon at the start of their journey, and this is no different in Pokemon Legends Arceus. What is different, however, is that the three Pokémon introduced this time are all from different generations. They are Cindaquil (Gen 2), Oshavot (Gen 5) and Rowlett (Gen 7), which represent the common fire, water and grass types respectively.
Pokemon Legends Arceus: Pokemon confirmed so far
Pokemon Legends: Arceus will give players the task of filling out one of the first Pokedex in the area, so it’s natural to wonder what Pokemon we’re going to chase in the game. There’s no comprehensive official list yet, but thanks to our friends at Gamesradar, we have a list of twenty Pokémon that have been confirmed along with the game’s announcement trailer.
- Hisuean Brewery
- Hisuiyan Growlithe
- Hisuiyan Zorua
- Hissuyan Zoroarki
That’s enough so far. Given that the game is set in the Sinnoh region, it’s not entirely surprising that there are so many Generation 4 Pokémon on that list and it seems reasonable to assume that their evolutionary forms will also be present in the game.
We expect Nintendo and Game Freak to confirm more Pokémon before the game’s release, which we can expect to see in Pokémon Legends: Arceus so we’ll keep updating this list as and when they appear.
Pokemon Legends Arceus: News and Rumors
Seems to be in playable condition?
Looks like Pokémon Legends Arceus is in a playable position, if longtime Nintendo fan Christina Aguilera is to be believed. In an interview with Elle, Aguilera discussed her recent campaign with Nintendo for the Switch and revealed that during filming, her “daughter fell in love with a new game. We had a brief moment.” [try out] Pokemon Legends: Arceus.” Aguilera said, “It’s gorgeous, the graphics and setting you get to explore, so loving it so much, it wouldn’t give me a turn.” That’s a beautiful endorsement. Is.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the game is ready to send players. As Aguilera pointed out, they only had to try it instead of keep it. But it suggests Pokémon Legends: Arceus is close to ready.
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