Nintendo has just announced Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet, the two new entries in the long-running Pokémon series.
This appears to be Generation 9 and it'll be arriving later this year on Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Everything We Know So Far
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Versions
Unlike spin-off Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet reverts back to the series practice of offering two versions of the base game. That means it's almost inevitable that you won't be able to get every Pokémon just using one version.
It's also been confirmed that the outfit your character wears varies depending on which version you're playing.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Setting
According to The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet will see the series taking a "new evolutionary step, allowing you to explore freely in a richly expressed open world." That world would seem to be based on the real-world Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, a region that includes Spain and Portugal.
"Various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders," adds The Pokémon Company, which means this will most certainly be an open-world adventure. "You’ll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets—all over! You’ll be able to experience the true joy of the Pokémon series—battling against wild Pokémon in order to catch them—now in an open-world game that players of any age can enjoy."
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Pokédex
Although it hasn't been confirmed as yet, it's looking likely that the full Pokédex won't be present in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
As highlighted by Serebii.net, it looks like players will only be able to add "specific" pocket monsters to these games via the Pokémon HOME app. This suggests "not all" Pokémon may be coded into the next Nintendo Switch entries.
While this news isn't particularly surprising, it may upset some trainers who were hoping to be able to "catch 'em all" to complete the National Pokédex. This would follow in the footsteps of Pokémon Sword and Shield which excluded the complete National Dex.
There are now more than 900 pocket monsters on record as of 2022, which means Game Freak is likely to cherry-pick certain 'Mon more and more from here on out. Producer Junichi Masuda also previously mentioned how more Pokémon in games potentially presented issues when it came to battle balance.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Starter Pokémon
Trainers will once again have the choice of three 'starter' Pokémon: grass (Sprigatito), fire (Fuecoco), or water (Quaxly).
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Release Date
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is scheduled for a worldwide release on Nintendo Switch in late 2022. Pre-orders have started to appear across the US and UK.