At today’s Pokémon Presents event, the long-rumored Diamond and Pearl remakes were announced for late 2021. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the highly anticipated Sinnoh remakes players have expected for months now. The games will adopt a chibi 2.5 style and are developed by ILCA inc., known for their work on Pokémon Home as well as supporting Yakuza 0 and Nier Automata. These are the first mainline Pokémon games not to be developed by Game Freak. Both games will be directed by Junichi Masuda and Yuichi Ueda.
I recently wrote about what I hoped to see in both remakes, with a true 3D world being one of the things on my list. While we didn’t get that from Diamond and Pearl, another Pokémon game has delivered it.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus was shockingly revealed alongside Diamond and Pearl, but it promises a much different experience. A 3D open world prequel set in feudal Sinnoh, Arceus takes place before the original Diamond & Pearl. Set long ago before the concept of Pokémon Trainers, Legends will task players with creating Sinnoh’s first Pokedex. In the trailer, a new catching mechanic is seen alongside a choice of Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott as your starter Pokémon. Along the way, the players will encounter the Mythical Pokémon Arceus as the main legendary of the game.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is currently planned for release in early 2022.
SINNOH CONFIRMED. Not once, but twice!
Alongside these announcements, more info was revealed for the new Pokémon Snap. Coming April 30 to the Nintendo Switch, the game will be set in the Lental region. Players will explore jungles, deserts, and the sea to take the best shots of the region along with Professor Mirror, Rita, and your rival Phil. Those who played the original Pokémon Snap will be pleased to know the mechanics are the same as the original — taking pics, throwing apples, and lots of interaction with 3D Pokémon. Photos can be enhanced with stickers and frames.
Pokémon is officially celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way. A sequel to Pokémon Snap next month, Diamond and Pearl remakes later this year, and the long-overdue true 3D console Pokémon game set in a real open world. Safe to say, Sinnoh fans got it good today.
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