Alongside the news that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl would be launching on Switch later this year, today's Pokémon Presents showcase also unveiled a brand new title, Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
A prequel to Diamond and Pearl, the game has players exploring a vast, open-world version of Sinnoh "as it existed in the past." The goal here is to create the region's first ever Pokédex, setting the scene for the new trainers and events that follow in previously released games.
The fun of exploring while catching Pokémon and filling in a Pokédex has always been a core part of the Pokémon video game series. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was developed with the desire to deliver an experience infused with new action and RPG elements that go beyond the framework established thus far, while honoring the core gameplay of past Pokémon titles.
As Trainers explore the natural expanses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they’ll encounter Pokémon that call these grand vistas home. To catch wild Pokémon, players can study the Pokémon’s behaviours, sneak up to them, then throw Poké Balls. Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their ally Pokémon. By throwing the Poké Ball holding their ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, players will seamlessly enter battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide Trainers with an immersive experience.
As in past games, you'll be able to choose from three starter Pokémon to begin your adventure: Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott. as their first partner Pokémon. Naturally, legendary Pokémon Arceus will also play an important role.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch on Switch in 2022.
Excited to explore Sinnoh in a brand new way? What do you think to this new open-world direction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
I’m still a little sceptical after how bad Sword and Shield were but they now have my attention. It’s certainly the most interesting thing they’ve done with the series in a very long time so hopefully they can get the execution right.
The Legend of Pokémon: Breath of the Arceus
This will be the best game by gamefreak ....it looks so good
I'm so excited for it. Seems to be launching at a similar time to when I expect Breath of the Wild 2 will be launching though.
Honestly not super impressed, but it has a lot more potential than the DP remakes
They listened! Even if this game turns out different than expected, all we've wanted from them was to try and innovate and they're doing it! Seems weird that the battles are turn-based, I expected button-mapping for attacks or something, but it's their first go at it. I'm ready!
Finally, Game Freak! Now we are talking. I'm really excited to see how it will come out.
Interesting idea but holy moly does this game look even worse than SwSh. I mean just look at the framerate, every animation, every pokemon is lagging really hard. Hope they are working on that cause otherwise that's a step in the right direction
Sounds fairly ambitious. I'll play this on New Switch+ Pro Lite XL.
This looks a lot like a Unity store asset flip.
Like seriously, Game Freak can't get help to develop this kind of game? Nintendo had no shame asking Monolith for help making BotW.
Love the spirit, but dear lord those tree LODs are the worst I've ever seen. Morrowind looked better in parts.
Yes, this looks amazing after the bad after taste of the ios pokemon games
Great direct and i'm beyond hyped for Legends, its what i wanted since i was a kid watching the Anime while playing Crystal.
The Pokemon Company absolutely delivered on this presentation.
I had zero issue with what they showed and I guarantee that the next game after Sword and Shield will be phenomenal.
My mouth was agape during this announcement. A bit of tears in my eyes, too.
This could be absolutely amazing. For the first time since X and Y were announced (and then preceded to disappoint), I'm actually excited for a Pokemon game. Let's hope they don't screw this up!
This is the right way for the Pokemon series to develop into. Pokemon + Open World go hand in hand. I am hyped for this and i won't be disappointed no matter how bad the game ends up being. This sounds really promising.
@mariomaster96 Keep in mind that the game comes out in a year, they still need to polish it.
It looks interesting but seems a little bit empty at the moment. I hope there are more goals than just 'fill your Pokédex'. Curious to see more information on this in the future, good to see them trying a new direction.
Yeah I'm hyped for this. It's not about the graphics, it's about the gameplay and it looks like they are finally listening, maybe.
This has a lot of potential and ill def follow where this game will end off
Returning to pkmn if this turns out the way they showed it atleast.
This is what i wanted from pkmn since they moved to switch.
I think this is supposed to be an experimental game so that GameFreak can test the waters and see how a potential open-world-Pokémon-game could look and function. The game itself doesn't look good or bad. As I said, it feels more like a first step in the right direction. And you can tell with the graphics and animation that this is really the first time they have done such a game. That one Chingling in the video really didn't felt like it was flying through the air, but more as it would jump from one frame to another.
Breath of the Wild: Pokémon Edition. Also, I can camp in the grass and catch pokemon without fighting. I'm super hype
@RareFan I completely agree with your statement. I hope this experiment works well and we get more games like this because it looks epic
Huh cool starters, not what I expected
Looks great. I won't keep my expectations too high though. This won't be anywhere near the scope (and quality) of Breath of the Wild, but it should definitely take the sting out of the extremely underwhelming Diamond/Pearl remakes.
Hopefully this turns out as good as it looks, because this could be a great spin on the Pokemon formula but it could also crash and burn - I'm excited to learn more
Also the starters are excellent
@Brydontk Yeah, I hope so. Or at least I hope that there really is a Switch Pro who fixes the framerate-problem
that dodge roll made me smile
@Brydontk right joystick to chose attacks while fighting maybe?
Pokémon sword and shield weren’t bad they just weren’t what your entitled mind thinks it deserved.
This game MUST set the standard for the future Pokemon games.
I have a few reservations about what was shown here in a few places, this still looks a tad underdeveloped and I noticed in a few places that the Pokémon animations got extremely choppy. I haven't even analyzed the trailer in great depth yet mind you. I appreciate the attempt to modernize gameplay somewhat though, and I'll keep a watchful eye on future news. There's still about a year to go, plenty of improvements to be made. Hope for them that it will turn out well!
Please make these the mainline games. this is the kind of game design leap pokemon has needed for a long time. it literally looks like a better video game than any previous pokemon
It sounds like it has potential; it looks like it needs a lot of work.
This still looks like complete crap from a company that makes millions. Where does all the money go from all the milking that was in the beginning of this direct?
That said this is still a bigger step in the right direction than lets go and Sw/Sh ever were. The way they were catching pokemon was something out of my dreams. I will definitely keep an eye on this
Did this steal the Pokemon Presents for anyone else? I truly do want to try this one!
And yeah, it does look a bit rough around the edges, but it isn't due to release for almost a year. Plenty of time to work everything out in development.
This looks really good so far, hope we get different biomes and trainers to battle aswell.
Maybe some dungeons that need certain types or moves to complete
Pokemon Sinobuz was the first thing in my mind when i saw Ninjitsu style. 😁
I’m so happy they are mixing it up, gameplay and concept looks amazing....but the performance look pants. They framerate is all over, despite having low poly models and rough textures. Pokemon that aren’t right next of you are moving at 3-4fps!!! Game Freak need to work on the tech, this game could be a gem.
This is really cool. I did not see it coming at all. I definitely welcome the ambition from GF, and especially a true open world game. =)
@Zach777 Out of the hundreds of games I've played on the Switch, Pokemon Sword is easily bottom five. I don't think I'm entitled to anything but when I play a game that isn't fun I'm going to call it how it is.
I like the directing this is going but the game look so so empty. I understand that this is an early preview but there are tons of open world games with empty lands/buildings and this is gamefreak we are talking about... could be a banger but I don’t think it will be.
I hope it's a smashing success so the franchise goes in this direction, I'm so tired of the largely unchanged formula they've clung to. I really hope they release a demo to get player feedback cause that could really help them fine tune the game before release.
@Zach777 is he not allowed to have a opinion?
Yeah, I like this. I can't wait to see more of it when the time comes.
@LillianC14 That would work! That or a ZR + Directional buttons sort of thing
@BenAV I agree with you. Sword and Shield next to Super Mario Party were the biggest let downs for me on the Switch.
The performance wasn't great, you could see wild Pokémon running at a really low frame-rate in the open world.
But aside from that, this looks like an incredible direction to take the games and I'm eager to see how this pans out.
That said I'm also concerned because this is still Game Freak, they're technical skill is a bit lacking at times. On the other hand, they may not have the baggage of remake development duties or a huge backlog of series features to worry about, which could be liberating.
Gotta be honest, I didn't think they'd ever do it. Still gonna expect it to be bad, just in case.
They categorized this as an action RPG, but there were turn based battles...it'll be interesting to see how this comes together. I like the concept.
Ok what the hell, this actually looks amazing. There were a few things that bugged me, like the pokemon frame rate being pretty low, but hopefully that's just because this is early footage, and I'm definitely gonna keep my expectations low, but wow it still looks impressive. Gg gamefreak, gg,
From what I saw in the trailer this game looks amazing. It seems we got an lot to look forward to in 2022 already
This actually looks quite interesting. It’s nice to see them trying something a bit different, rather than just printing money releasing very meh games
Do we get to marry Pokémon like the books in the Canalave Library said happened back in the ancient days of Sinnoh?
Hey look, it's what Pokemon Sad and Shame wanted to be...if this is how Gamefreak makes side games, maybe that's what they should have been doing for awhile now...
So, I can this game being rough, given how... meh... the wild areas (which were clearly anticipating what they were doing with this game) in Sw/Sh were, but I'm really happy that GF wants to evolve the Pokemon concept in an ambitious direct. I REALLY hope this outsells Sw/Sh.
Breath of the Bidoof
Legends Arceus looks amazing. I cannot wait for next year.
@mariomaster96 Yeeeeah that was a thought I had too. BOTW ran fine on without a Pro, but fingers crossed either way
@Zach777 Yeah so, you're saying expecting a good game from the LARGEST GROSSING franchise in the world is entitled? Huh. Sure I'll buy lots of bad games and not complain! You may want to try comparing SWSH to literally any other pokemon game! (This sounded much ruder than I was intending, sorry!)
this looks worse than Deadly Premonition 2 ...lol
Atleast Game Freak shuts down the critics who complain that they dont dare to challenge the gameplay in future titles.
The gameplay did look kinda choppy yes, but I kinda feel this was some very early build that normally wouldn't have been shown but they kinda had to due to Pokemon 25th anniversary. Some of the field pokemon animations was easy to see being placeholders and not something they remade for this game.
They did say early 2022, but wouldn't suprise me if they delayed this until summer 2022 or maybe early fall if they don't feel ready for a spring 2022 release (if that is what they mean by "early")
I hope this game will deliver, so we can have this be the new faithful spinoff series of Pokemon, alongside the main generations and the generations remakes.
What could be future Legends games? Genesect for gen 5? Deoxys for gen 3? Zygarde for gen 6? (finally he gets some deserved lore love). Heck i'd love for the lightning doggy Raikou to be selected for Gen 2 since both Entei and Suicune hugged the spotlight in the past.
Definitely looks a little rough around the edges, but this is BY FAR the most interesting concept from Pokemon in a very long time.
Honestly, Sword and Shield was pretty simplified when it could have been better, but I saw it for what it was....
The template to all future Pokemon games.
So with that template intact, I have no doubt in my mind that the next mainline Pokemon game will be fantastic.
Cool idea, hope they really refine it and mind the little details.
I was actually shocked by this announcement. Finally they are taking a bit of chance and trying something new and fresh. This is what the series desperately needs. Of course its labeled as a spin-off game because they don't want to chance it on Gen 9 but i think they are trying to test the waters to see if the something like this will sell. Let's speak with our wallets when time is right ( the game is still in production after all). Thank you Gamefreak for trying something different
@Citano You had me at Raikou
Between this and New Pokemon Snap I'm more excited for this franchise than I have been in years.
Legends sounds like a great concept, but boy does it look rough at the moment... I mean what was going on with that Chingling!
Also, I wonder how big the dex will be. It seems like they will be dipping into other regions (the starters are proof of that). Really hoping to see my boi Urshifu
This is what sword and shield should have been from the beginning. With many Nintendo franchises getting big and innovative releases on the Switch, it was disappointing to see Pokémon play it safe and even take a few steps back. While the game looks very early and I am skeptical of the early 2022 release, I look forward to seeing how this one turns out.
@JuiceMan_V Finally a person who isnt set to hate on whatever the Pokemon Company throws at them
It looks promising. I like the setting. I've always wanted something more akin to sequels instead of remakes and I like Sinnoh as a region. Fits well in 3D too. You should be able to see Mt. Coronet from pretty much anywhere. I think it's going in the right direction and if it ends up great, I wouldn't mind if it replaces the current style completely.
It really seems like it's still in early phases though and I hope they delay it if it ends up needing more time. I'm surprised they showed it in the condition it's in but I guess they had to show it as part of the anniversary. If it doesn't look any better by the time they decide to show it again, then there might be a problem.
They also picked the best starter Pokémon for the game.
Gen 4 fans are eating pretty good for the next year.
The D/P remakes seem pretty safe, but this Legends game is looking to bring some of the ambition people have been begging for. Yeah, it needs more time in the oven, but the fact that they're trying at all shouldnt go unnoticed.
those graphics look pre-alpha damn
This looks exciting. Ambitious, exactly what I wanted Sw/Sh to be.
Ewww, why those 3 starters?
The moment I saw this game in action, I knew Game Freak had something planned other than simply remaking Diamond and Pearl. It's looking impressive!
But, I'm also wondering what other secrets this game is hidding. How big and long will it be? Is this part of the mainline games? Maybe a new Arceus form?
"The Pokémon series enters a new era"
This snippet from the begining of the trailer, and since this game is coming out early 2022 makes me wonder... is Game Freak planning to reinvent the concept of Pokémon generations and the "mainline game schedule"? I'm starving for new info already!
@Bl4ckb100d Well its still in alpha so it shouldnt be a surprise
Can the haters just... stop for a little bit? This is a childhood dream for many of us and they're definitely headed in the right direction finally.
@mariomaster96 nope I'm pretty sure they are just done with development and even though it comes out a year from now this is the final build...
I wonder if they have more 25th anniversary games planned or if this is all they got so far.
The graphics need some work but I'm optimistic about this, and It easily eclipses the D/P remakes for me. Hoping the story, gameplay, and world live up to their potential, because if Game Freak can't pull this off then it's time for the series to head to another developer.
You guys are finally getting an open world type Pokemon game, and instead of being optimistic, you folks are critiquing early footage of the game like it's coming out next month.
You folks are absolutely hopeless 😂
This finally looks more like the reinvention the series badly needs. Will see how this one goes.
This could be what we've all wanted for a long, long time. I even saw the trainer ROLL! Dont people know how insane that is for a pokemon game!?
Im not gonna get my hopes up just yet but so far this is looking pretty solid!
Sarcasm isn't that hard to determine from the written word surely?!
I want it right now!!!
Knowing game freak this is the final build of the game.
Breath of the Pokémon Wilds
@ianl579 I always fancied MonolithSoft for the series based on their massive Xenoblade games. I reckon that could potentially be one of the greatest games of all time..
@TheFullAndy lol didn't pick up on that, my b
@Citano I love how they made me eat my words about them being cowards afraid to evolve the series, love it, love it, love it! I think when it comes out will have a lot to do with when Nintendo finishes development of BOTW2 because the Zelda team and MonolithSoft could both provide a lot of help given their recent works. If it's a 10/10 Switch sales will shoot into the stratosphere.
@kalosn My guess?
This is a new spinoff series that comes out every few years, each time with a new Mythical Pokémon title (i.e. Pokemon Legends Celebi, Pokemon Legends Mew, ect.) but they will keep releasing mainline games as they currently are.
Not at all what I said.
i hope gen 9 looks like this! really wish the actual gen 4 remakes were this good looking
Hot Damn! Ok, I'm impressed.
Edit: And for the people complaining, chill out. It's clearly still in development. This shows major promise and potential from the series.
Pretty sure all you have to do is capture all Pokémon for the Pokédex even the legendary and mythical Pokémon. Pretty sure you can’t transfer these Pokémon to Pokémon Home
Just how OLD is Pokéball technology, anyway?
I'm hoping the footage with the bad frame rates and such was simply a case of it's still got a year or so of dev and they just wanted to show something for the presentation. Usually that comes with a "Alpha build footage" or something disclaimer, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
Very cool being set in the past!
@BenAV 20 million people who bought the game disagree with you.. Face it you are the loud minority..
In that screenshot... Why are Cyndaquil, Rowlet and Oshawott visiting the US president in his White House office?
They’re still working on it for the next year... Talking about framerate already. ...
Figures that Galar's open areas (which successfully glued my own playthrough to them for over a year even before reaching Motostoke) weren't the most seamless we'd see Pokemon go on Switch, but I frankly expected it later. Guess my Diamond/Pearl purchase has been postponed even further because this kind of prequel certainly cuts in line! Granted, I'll still have to get through my Gold and Omega Ruby first...😅
@Blazingburst16 looks so good? Are you blind sir?
Game freak woke up finally... A step in the right direction, you must not always try to play it safe, sometimes you take a big risk.
@Friendly eh, yeah I know. That's why I said I hope they fix it. But if they show of the game in that state than people can critizise it
Still needs a lot of polish.
This is incredible. Finally a true step forward for the series less constrained by tradition.
@Ragdoll72 dude I literally said "Hope they are working on that "
I didn't say "oh no, the game will look like this when it launches, the game is doomed"
Once they populate the open world, this will look very cool. Gamefreak should also look at the things TemTem did well and do them better.
@Zach777 then why call him entitled?
At least we get to see where all their energy went, because it wasn't into those other games. I would've rahter they either only made this game, or made a Platinum remake in this style. Those other games aren't even up to snuff with the other remakes.
@mariomaster96 everybody can criticize everything on the internet these days....
@Bmartin001 I'm talking about game quality, not sales numbers.
It has been years, literal years since I have been genuinely excited for a pokemon game. They finally are trying something new...I love it...now about that framerate...
This one looks even cooler than the Sinnoh remakes and the New Pokémon Snap
This finally seems great after the latest dissapointments from GF.
Still, my biggest issue with the SWSH was the difficulty level (the non-existing difficulty level), so I just hope they fix that somehow and I´m in again.
I haven't played a Pokemon game since Yellow (...yeah, I am embarrassed), but this looks great.
@mariomaster96 Ask an open world game and you shall recieve either an awful looking game or a slow one
I hope that they keep the barely animated wild Pokemon, just to spite this comments section. I played Pokemon Red with static, monochrome sprites, and I'm willing to do it again.
@serouj2000 Well, I mean there is no hurry for them to release the game early 2022 since we are getting the DP remakes 2021 anyway. Also they appearently don't need to get the game ready for Christmas
If they fix the framerates this should be good.
I also see this as the perfect opportunity to introduce a new prequel series where the player explores a region in the past. I can already imagine one based on the Middle Ages Galar
Pretty much what I expected after Sword and Shield.
The wild area ist basically like a first try open world kind of thing.
This goes one further.
Still needs a lot of polishing though.
Considering it sounded like we just have this one hub city and we haven't seen much in terms of npc in that city, I fully expect that there is still a lot missing in the current version.
This has major potential, but I can't say I'm without concerns. I think new elements added to the overall formula, in depth & intuitive online multiplayer options, and avoiding emptiness will secure the game's success for me.
@Yorumi I agree with this. Performance and visuals are really rough, but stuff can still happen in a year.
But with the Gamefreak tier coding we've seen in prior Pokemon games, I'm still not so sure.
Cautiously optimistic. That's my approach to these two newly announced games.
@kalosn Yeah sounds nice
finally a breath of fresh air.
This has a lot of potential, I hope they don't ruin it. The graphics need to be as good as BOTW or Astral Chain
Look's interesting but I'm just wondering why, out of all the fire type starters, did they choose Cyndaquil.
Those visuals... what's going on there? I'm getting major PS2 vibes.
I swear though, as much as I sincerely hope this will not be the case, this game could still run at an average 15fps and have a bland empty world and the majority of the fanbase will still praise it to high heavens and deem all criticisms as unreasonable and irrational hate.
Excited for this. I also really like how they went with a different mix of starters, I'd like to see more of that for other spinoff games like this.
I'm hoping that this is a sign that they're really trying to push outside of their comfort zone.
I don't get all the BotW comparisons...
looks more like a Monster Hunter game to me haha
Question is, will there be any new pokemon?
I have to be honest though, when I saw the beginning of the trailer with the very feudal Japan motif I thought we were getting another Pokemon Conquest game and I was SO here for that.
Also, Pokemon Legends is a stealth game even if they didn't outright say it.
@UltimateOtaku91 They will probably have new regional evolutions.
Pretty surprised and happy. TPC and GF start making some open-word game, hope it turns out good.
But since it's GF... if it turns out bad, just hope TPC could finially ask some other developer to help GF next time.
This is amazing. I want to be transported to a beautiful world where Pokemon are living, catching them and befriending them!!
Yeah my big concern here is them attempting to launch alongside Breath of the Wild 2. I believe we'll get BotW2 news in November ready for a March 2021 launch (similar to how the first BotW was handled, and worked very well)... so unless this game comes out month's prior, or month's after (which the latter doesn't seem to be the case) it's going to be massively overshadowed by Zelda.
Expect this to get a delay later into 2022.
Seeing a lot of low expectations in these comments, but personally, I think this one shows promise. Looking forward to hearing more about it!
@Seacliff Funny, I mostly see the opposite.
Those who like Sword and Shield mostly seem like they just wanted a new Pokemon game and are happy with what they got, nothing more, nothing less.
Far from "praising it to the heavens".
Meanwhile there are tons of fans who hate this gen to hell, as if it was one of the worst games of the last decade, even though it didn't even change too much from previous entries. All the while downright attacking anyone who just doesn't agree to their extremely negative stance by labeling them stuff like "part of the problem" as if they are not allowed their own opinion.
At least that is what it looks like to me on sites like this one.
i wouldnt mind waiting for 2023 if they need to flush it out more
@mariomaster96 What were you even watching? It looked so much better than SS. Of course there are technical problems, it’s a whole year away. When it comes to Gamefreak there’s plenty to criticize without people inventing problems.
“ you folks are critiquing early footage of the game it's coming out next month.
You folks are absolutely hopeless 😂”
It’s hilarious. The game could be 21 months away and yet people are complaining about the footage. Even though I’m not a huge Pokemon fan I love to see Pokemon announcements just to watch the reaction of the fan base.
@Aawill91 I was only refering to the graphics, the resolution is low and the framerate is bad. But otherwise I'm sure this game will be so much better than SwSh
Oooooooh Pokémon of the wild. Or is is ledgend of Pokémon: ash rising
Ohh, looks neat. I want it.
That looks rough. I hope this is an early build.
So this is the long awaited Open-World Pokemon game experiment. Looks a little clunky and lacking drama to me atm, but that's the trade-off I guess. I hope they can make the seamless battles feel more focused by the final build. Something like the Age Of Calamity/Zelda target lock kinda thing. I dunno lol, just make it good
@Kirgo This isn't Sword and Shield though. This is a project that seems to almost perfectly play a lot of people nostalgic heartstrings.
All I'm saying is that it's an open world game and it's fair to compare it to other open world games, many of which weren't nearly as choppy just a year from launch.
I do love those vintage Poke Balls though. Details like that make me happy.
I love how people think this is ambitious when you’re just throwing poke balls around in an empty space like BOTW.
TPC has awesome fans. Can release a trash BOTW clone at 8fps and they’ll love it.
This could be shaky, the world looks a little empty, but I do not care! this is progress in the series at last!!! REALLY looking forward to gzamefreak finally making advances
Frame rate on some of the Pokemon looked really rough (that Chimchar was moving at like 10 FPS), but the game is still at least a year out, so I assume that will mostly be ironed out by then.
I'm glad GameFreak is finally evolving the Pokemon formula. The quality of the end product probably will be far from perfect, but the ambition is very much appreciated.
I’ve no feelings about Game Freak either way, I’m only a very casual Pokemon fan. I just wouldn’t put too much effort into critiquing any game this far out. We don’t know when it will release, we don’t know how much time has been spent on it, we don’t even know how current the build on the presentation is. I’ll go back to silence on the subject now though, I usually just watch the carnage from afar with a bag of popcorn 😉
Strange that Town is still Gamefreaks best looking game technically. But still I'm interested to see these new ideas they have. I just hope they remain in this Legends side series rather than in the main gen games, as that gameplay is tried and true. Enjoyed it all 27 years of my life
@Zach777 COPE BRUH. Reusing models from 3ds games. Stfu
@Kalmaro Unfortunately I have one major concern with Legends: that the Pokemon will have no behaviors outside idling, wandering, running away or being aggressive.
For a Pokemon game like this to truly work, they need to make the Pokemon more than statues or robots. They need to make them interact with the environment and each other, outside of battle.
Considering the fact it's only a year out, I hope doing that is their goal aside optimization, but considering how SWSH initially was, I have little hope.
@NintendoCopium How does reusing models make a game bad? Please explain to me.
While it is a neat idea to make use of pokemon history to find new settings I don’t see how this would improve the pokemon franchise (I have no issues with sword and shield). The trainer lifestyle relies on so much tech so I don’t see how reducing that is better. Of course I will wait and see what new info comes out.
Man that framerate looks horrible
@NintendoCopium Reusing assets is fairly normal. It's how you use them that makes a difference. Smash Bros has been building on old assets since like melee at this point. Pokemon reusing models is fine as long as they can start animating them and making them more expressive.
@braincandy101 Yeahhh, really scared seeing it. The game looks like it could be really good, but from a technical standpoint it looks terrible rn. Also, the whole open world looks gorgeous but idk if gamefreak will be able to fill it with enough to be interesting
This game looks very early in development, which it probably is.
One thing I noticed is you seem to be able to throw Pokeballs in the open world, but there is a cut whenever they show Pokemon attacking, so they either haven't integrated combat into the open world yet, combat will not be open world.
@DarkKirby If combat starts seamlessly or with just a quick, snappy animation, this game will be that much better
Game freak really stepped their game up. Aside from that, you were all asking for diamond and pearl remakes, we got them, but now you say “I don’t like art style, not sold” the sprites literally look the exact same as the original, just in 3D. Next, we are getting a fully open world Pokémon game, but all that matters is “trees look bad” if you care about the trees that much, you have a tree fetish, and need a therapist.(just joking here). Next is the “oh my god chingling or (however you spell it) looks bad!” Of course it looks bad, the game still has a year to go, we don’t know if this footage is from last year, or maybe even from yesterday who knows. All I’ve figured out is everybody on the internet is an entitled baby, which I already knew. If you read through this all welcome to the end of my rant friend.
Looks interesting. Not good, but ibteresting. Seems like its in need of a lot of work. Those frame rates were horrible. Makes you wonder if they should have waited a little more for the reveal.
@Christofu they dont tho. we have no standards as nintendo fans
@Slinkoy1 Yeah, I get the skepticism and concern with everything like the frame rates and pokemon behavior, but come on. Gamefreak finally outsourced for a game, and the new game is a huge step forward. It looks a bit rough but I'm still fascinated by it. Looks like the first time since X and Y that a game looks like a jump forward. Could be rough but I'm happy to see change
This is quite promising. With ILCA making the remakes. Gamefreak must be putting their full studio behind Legends rather than the usual split teams between remakes and full entries.
I'm pretty looking forward to seeing what the full game ends up like.
@NintendoCopium fair. Idk I can't be mad right now. The models you pointed out, the frame rates, etc do look really rough, but the fact that they're finally trying to advance is exciting in itself. Ur right it isn't the greatest but I'm optimistic going forward
This to me is more of what Sword and Shield should have been. I’m definitely interested in hearing more about this!
@Dr_Lugae UH HUH! Even if Legends looks rough, this is the first time In like a decade that gamefreak has shown some growth and advancement. Not getting my hopes up too high, but the change alone is enough to excite me
@Kirgo funny cause this very article starts off with a guy being cautious about a series that's let him down and another guy calls him entitled for thinking sword and shield are bad games lmao
Oh and another 1 where we're called haters and to stop "hating" for not showering gf in praise over finally getting their **** together for once even if just a little
And another guy saying we're absolutely hopeless for criticizing early footage when that didn't change the fact that final sword and shield footage looked exactly the same as early footage lol and there's nothing wrong with pointing out the bad stuff in a trailer that you might be wary of
Is this an actual game with a story, towns, things to do etc or are you just capturing pokemon in fields?
Holy moly!!! I never expected to be this hyped about a pokemon game.
Ash ketchum comes to the rescue in Hyrule. Link is asleep for 100years, so yeah, Pikachu, i choose uuuu 🤪🤣
But serious, this i what i wanted for a pokemon game, welldone.
@Judal27 I have a problem with it being called "Early footage" myself... There's no way this hasn't been in the dev pipeline since somewhere after Sword and Shield's main development ended, and they're telling us it's gonna be out by next year? 12 months is not a lot of development time for a video game by any stretch.
@Christofu Yeah I feel you, the other game looks more ambitious, just getting tired of people saying we are entitled, when the game doesn't look better than the last Pokemon game .
@Zach777 - Consumers spend their money on products. If they don't feel like the product is worth their money or is worth criticizing, that's not entitlement, it's being discerning and having an opinion.
nah not getting this. oh well there's always more that might come
@NintendoCopium yeah that's fair. Believe me, I think some people can be overly negative about the games, but people also shouldn't be so crazy about defending something that isn't even great. It shouldn't be the fan's fault for a game developer being lazy and publishing a bad game, so criticism is valid. Personally I fall more to the critical side, although I'll still acknowledge the good in something, like sword and shield were awful but I think the stadiums were an interesting approach to a worn out concept
Finally, a Pokemon game that looks good! After the mess of you-know what, this game actually looks good and feels good! I might be over-exaggerating, but the graphics are really good, and the fact that it's open world makes it amazing. When was the last time we got a open world pokemon game? Oh yeah Pokepark on the Wii. Excited for It's release next year.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are not bad games. I'm probably in the minority but I've enjoyed the new Pokemon games more and so I'm definitely excited for this. One of the reasons I fell out of Pokemon later in life (aside from getting older) was feeling the games were all the same. The new games infused new personality into the titles as well as new features and QOL improvements. Also seeing the Pokemon in 3D was awesome! Part of me still wishes more aspects of the gameplay and progression felt new but at least I was playing the games again and liking it.
I just wanna know how this considered an "Action RPG." It still looks turn-based.
@MegaVel91 It is for Game Freak because they refuse to either expand or contract some help so they just push products with quick turnaround times and now it's starting to catch up since employees clearly were not happy during Sword and Shields development based on the the limited press they have done.
I'm really excited for this!
@NIN10DOXD From the quick scene we've seen, it most defiantly is still turn-based.
I always been happy with classic Pokémon games, but I'm intrigued, I'm really curious what gives with this new direction.
It's a good thing. With DP remake for the nostalgics and this new take, there is the best of both worlds 😊
The combat capture mechanics got me the most intimidated by this presentation.
I am afraid they are mostly automated in the vein of final fantasy 12 which isnt bad but not what I want. Hopefully the capture techniques are varied like in monster hunter. But with differing pokeballs.
While the graphics are a step up from sword and shield they still have a way to go. But hey we got a year before release.
@andjahiam Yeah, in addition to the capturing, I hope overall behavior of pokemon can reflect monster hunter, where they act uniquely and run around. Imagine tricking two pokemon into fighting each other so you can catch or battle one
I'm actually interested in how this will work out as it seems to be a massive expansion of the open world aspect introduced in the wild area and the two lots of dlc. Just seeing the trainer throw a pokeball at wild roaming pokemon is actually something I thought I wouldn't see. Wondering how fleshed out the game will be though and if it will be a full on pokemon game or just a side game that's shorter.
The graphics and framerate are at a rough state at the moment... :S
Why can't they get help from Nintendo or even Monolith Soft on the technical side? Besides, a multi-billion company like them should have the resources to make absolute Triple-A quality.
The idea of the game has promise though!
@NIN10DOXD Um... didn't they just announce that the Diamond/Pearl remakes are being handled by another company....
As for the Open World Pokemon, it has my attention. Sword and Shield got pretty boring fast, and I still need to finish the final gym battle.
@Moshugan How exactly did you figure out the framerates from a YouTube live stream? Also, how do you know they are not working with Nintendo/MonolithSoft? Do you have an uncle that works for Nintendo?!?
Ya'll should be glad GameFreak showed the actual current state of the game - with technical issues and all - rather than fake gameplay designed solely to get people hyped. (Lookin' at you, CD Projekt Red.)
This is why CGI trailers are so common in this industry.
This looks great, and I really mean it. I can see myself actually buying this on launch day. This kind of game doesn't even need to become the new main series, but the fact that they're developing it shows that they have indeed finally taken the many criticisms about their 3D games to heart and started to really give it everything they've got.
I'm interested, but it literally looks worse than a GameCube game. The frame rate will get fixed, I'm sure, but the low-res'ness probably won't knowing GameFreak's track record.
For those who thinks this looks like a Gamecube game...
I'd like to borrow the Gamecube you played on, because I sure as heck can't find any Gamecube game that looks as good as this.
The issue is, you’ve assumed because this company is well-known and making multi-millions of dollars that every product they bring out needs to be ground-breaking and revolutionize the industry.
Gamers today are like crack addicts that don’t experience that same sensation of “high” they had when they first play. Pokémon Sword and Shield do fine for what they intend to do and are better than any of their predecessors.
Gamers have already experienced those feelings before and like crack addicts, expect their next “high” to be profoundly better than their last experience.
This is why I have said and will continue to say gamers have an entitled mindset. They complained last week during the Nintendo Direct and they complained this week about the Pokémon games; they will always complain.
Wait until Zelda BotW is shown off and much of the land is the same as the first game. I’ll bet you’ll see complaints then as well. It’s not like there isn’t always a Lake Hylia or Hyrule Field or Lost Woods or Death Mountain, and we all celebrate it every single time.
Pokémon has a formula that made them millions. They keep using it, it keeps making millions. If gamers are going to keep griping maybe they should find a different addiction.
I'm really excited about this Pokémon! I hope they innovate in the battle system, though.
I mean, when I play a Pokémon game the first thought is always "I want to catch all of them and train them for battles". Then after a while, I'm completely bored with use-the-same-attack-with-your-super-powerful-starter-forever (aka battles). I wish they added live battles, with multiple Pokémon at once and you had to react strategically to what was going on. Maybe each Pokémon could feel completely different too. And raise the difficulty please. That would be my ask.
So here's something that has not been considered, most of the modern tools and events like Gym Battles and PC Storage will not exist in Legends, so story progression is going to be very different than usual.
@Darknyht If Monolithsoft was involved, they would have been credited, just like they were credited for their involvement in Zelda titles.
Also, youtube compression should be bad enough to not see Pokemon seemingly only animated by their key frames.
@Zach777 "Pokémon Sword and Shield do fine for what they intend to do and are better than any of their predecessors."
If any other RPG had combat that could easily be won in single attacks and a storyline that almost entirely happens off-screen, it would have been torn to shreds.
There's very little about Sword and Shield that holds up when compared to other games of the same genre.
"Just Ok" is not ok, and that's assuming Sword and Shield are even that much.
Looks like a GameCube game, ha! Have you played on recently?
Graphics need touching up, but people saying how baron the world looks yet Botw was the same...
I'm sure there will be different biomes and towns to visit and trainers to battle.
@westman98 I'd argue that Wind Waker stylistically looks much better and Twilight Princess looks technically better than this.
@Seacliff who plays pokemon for its "story"?
And in terms of its difficulty I agree there needs to be in game options for difficulty, but in the mean time I usually go into gyms/elite 4 under levelled (about 10 levels) which makes it harder, I also try not to use legendaries. In terms of raid battles I'd reccomend doing them single player for a challenge otherwise online you will win every raid
Artstyle preference is subjective so I won't argue with you there.
Lighting/reflections, geometric complexity, draw distance, foliage, and texture detail are much better in this game than in Twilight Princess. Frame rate is the big issue, which will hopefully be fixed a year from now.
@NIN10DOXD I think it read "action and rpg elements" so I'm assuming it's doesn't mean action rpg as for me hack and slash comes to mind.
Hopeful the "action" part is just the throwing the pokeball mechanic and maybe puzzle solving in dungeons like in zelda games but instead of gadgets maybe you need certain pokemon types or moves
Huh. I thought I'd be more interested in an open world Pokemon game. Wish they'd try something different with the combat instead of what looks like the exact same turn-based formula as before. And the world looks pretty barren here although since this is a very early glimpse I hope they'll add more interesting elements. My guess is, something I'll check out from the library but won't buy.
And the Diamond&Pearl remakes couldn’t look this good, why? 🤔
@SeantheDon29 Budget. Artistic decisions. Punching that nostalgia button. Whatever.
I have a feeling that this will be a Super Switch launch title. Maybe the added horsepower of the new system will make it better than what we have seen so far
@Iggy-Koopa Ah, so corporate laziness in other words. Gotcha. 😜
After the last couple of years in particular, I've come to the conclusion that anyone that says "this is the worst thing to happen in gaming since" should always remember that anything, and I mean pretty much anything, that 'happens' in gaming is rarely worse than gamers themselves. Gamers are probably the worst thing to happen to gaming, like, ever.
@Yorumi Oh yeah definitely. Honestly this game could very likely be a letdown, but it shows progress in GameFreak or at least change, and I'm happy to see that at the least
Okay now this looks cool! I'll be keeping an eye on this one.
@Zach777 Considering they're pulling concepts from a game that has become influential enough to spawn imitators, and coming off of a concept that laid the groundwork for something such as this from Sword and Shield. It's not entitled to ask for the games to be better.
They made the games better over the years and now that the technology clearly allows for it, you're telling us it's entitled to ask Game Freak to try to push their formula and concept to the next level?
I can guarantee you that if Pokemon is somehow still around in the next 10 or even 20 years, the children of today will be acting like we are now if Game Freak continues to drag it's feet and hold back on how the concept of their games can grow. Pokemon Legends is a big step in the right direction toward doing that. Now Game Freak needs to keep stepping in that direction so that Pokemon as a concept can evolve further.
@SeantheDon29 If it fits the narrative then..... 🤷🏻♂️
@Heavyarms55 Give it a rest already. People are allowed to be critical and disappointed as much as you are allowed to be viscerally excited and happy. Stop acting like they have no reason to be unhappy and no cause for wanting better just because of your excitement and happiness. You're not wrong to be happy or excited. They aren't wrong for being critical or voicing disappointment.
I watched the Direct. The opening nostalgia trip had me smiling, tearing up, almost crying because Pokemon was a massive part of my childhood like so many others. New Pokemon Snap made me smile. The DP remakes made me a bit less so, and Pokemon Legends has my interest.
That does not however stop me from being critical. I want the game to be the best that it can possibly be. As things stand right now, it is The Wild Area: The Game, The Wild Area was a good concept, but making a whole game out of it requires something more. It needs more polish. Creating an entirely Open World Pokemon game where the Pokemon just move around like glorified robot sentries, is not enough.
Even if you're tired of all the people who are expressing negative opinions, saying they're "pretending to be fans" basically implies you think that people who are being so critical can't possibly be fans. Did you stop to think that maybe the disappointment stems from the fact they want better from Game Freak and the franchise?
What you're saying essentially boils down to the same kind of attitude a lot of conservatives show when people complain about how cruddy the US is: "If you don't like it, then leave." That's unreasonable. You're basically wanting your comment space to be utterly sterilized of negative feedback and not wanting people to voice discontent.
@Brydontk of course it's turn based, this is the core gameplay from the pokemon gamees, you can't change it.
@RaphaBoss Turn-based was the core gameplay of Final Fantasy and they changed it.
@Brydontk Not necessarily for the best as FFXV's combat system was not very good (and I was actually a fan of the game). Compared to God of War or Devil May Cry the FFXV's combat system is very clunky and laggy... even compared to the Tales of series or Kingdom Hearts the core combat of FFXV is very shallow. Changing a core part of a franchise's identity for the sake of change is never a good idea especially when the old system is working just fine any episode of Matt McMucsel's Wha Happun? can show that.
I’m pretty excited about this. Seems like a new take on the series. I am wondering if the Pokédex will be the exact same as the Sinnoh one though? Hoping they expand and it has Pokémon home capabilities.
@Brydontk If they change it for Pokemon, competitive players will get pissed. Final Fantasy is a solo game, you can change whaterver you want as you are only fighting the AI.
@RaphaBoss Even then it can be argued since Final Fantasy X the franchise has had a bit of a identity issue as the franchise keeps radically changing its combat system from entry-to-entry frustrating its fanbase who for the most part want a return to the older gameplay style. Final Fantasy XII's is not the same as Final Fantasy XIII's (even within that trilogy Lightening Returns does not play the same as XIII/XIII-2) and Final Fantasy XV does not even play close to either of those games or older ones. Just changing a combat system for the sake of change is a stupid idea that leads to development hell and can kill a franchise.
That is why Gamefreak experimenting with Let's Go and Legends is a great idea rather than radically changing for a mainline title that could be received poorly.
I have never given up on a game because of bad graphics until Sword and Shield. Now this game, while it does look more complex, suffers from serious aliasing and frame rate drop. They are going into the right direction, but they seriously need help with the hardware if they can't get the to run on switch. Xenoblade and Botw look incredible, game freak can't do it alone, ask monolith software for help. Genshin Impact looks better than this and it's a MOBILE game. Let me remember you guys that they are charging full price for this. This is inexcusable.
@Vix which is by no means a bad thing!
@Wexter Let's Go was catering aroung Go players, not the mainstream pokemon gamers. This game here, Legends, seems to to be trying something new, you an catch pokemon with just the pokeball, but you still have wild battles.
And yes, Final Fantasy is just an JRPG brand at this point, it's like Need for Speed, the game completely changes yet they keep the same name. Thankfuly Pokemon is not doing this.
Definitely glad they announced this after the horrible looking D/P remasters. This one's graphics are a bit on the rough side as well, but there's definitely a lot of potential here and it really seems to be promising for the future of Pokemon games. I even like the historical setting, even though you know they just did that so they can justify the world being emptier (same as BotW, which was an amazing game).
@Brydontk @Wexter @Yorumi Wow I missed a bunch while I was gone haha. Well the thing is, I'm not of the opinion that Legends will replace the main games, although I want it to. I doubt Gamefreak will give up their giant tournament events in exchange for innovative gameplay. But my main pushback was the idea that "you can't change the core gameplay of Pokemon". Sure you can! They've messed with the idea a ton of times in the spin-offs!
And I agree that Final Fantasy XV's combat wasn't the best, but I believe that coming up with new ideas and tweaking it is better than just doing the same thing over and over again. Trial and error leads to good products. Mario had plenty of duds before they made Odyssey and so did Zelda. But Pokemon's been playing it safe for yeeeears. Developers have even come out and said that they've wanted to do a ton with the franchise but the company told them to walk it back so they could stay within the lines. So what happened is, yes, they came out with consistent pokemon games but the formula's been getting staler and staler for a lot of fans.
And really, the core of Pokemon is not the gameplay, it"s the concept of the game. You're in a world with a bunch of mythical monsters that you can capture and utilize to fight other mythical monsters. I see no reason why you can't take that and give it a Dragon Quest XI type of gameplay or even what Pokken did or Persona 5 Strikers and do a different genre altogether, or a Ni No Kuni type of gameplay (In fact, Ni No Kuni already did it). For me, I made the original comment because it seems jarring to kind of have it half-way between both. Like, going from real-time action until the battle starts where both parties jump into a static position until it's their turn to move could potentially break the immersion with this type of gameplay. It's fine when there is no action otherwise, like with the Wild Area, but when you can throw pokeballs in the overworld and roll around and, from the looks of it, launch a pre-emptive action rpg type of attack, it just seems... odd.
SO MUCH HYPE. Finally something other than BOTW2 to be hyped for
@Seacliff I highly doubt that footage from roughly a year before release is final product. The point was the announcement that the game exists, not to compete in a “look at our specs” peeing contest.
I think you are also forgetting the primary target audience. 6-12 year olds don’t care about frame rate and key frames. Mine are just as happy to be playing Asphalt 9 as Need for Speed or Gear Club. Their thoughts are more “does it have cool cars and crashes” more than “that frame rate stinks”.
While you can still enjoy them, it is sort of like complaining that Paw Patrol doesn’t offer a deep, mature plotline.
@Darknyht Yeah I meant in regards to Legends and really just Main Series Pokémon in general. I'm glad they are finally not afraid to outsource some of the work now. I thought it would've helped development of Sword and Shield a lot.
@mariomaster96 you hit the nail on the head.
Rowlett Cyndaquil and Oshawott? Heh, neat.
yay finaly the Pokémon Company/Game Freak is finaly gonna release a open world Pokémon game we always wanted.
finally a Pokémon game worth of the franchise importance.
Frame rate stutters aside, which we'll assume will be optimised before launch, it seems like an interesting idea. Will be interested to see how they flesh it out further in development.
It Does look really rough and i hope they improve that as they get closer to the game's release. overall, i'm really excited (and happy that this is a real thing.) for this game.
@Bentendo1609 do you think Pokémon Company is naive to release Pokémon Legend Arceus close to the release of the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2?(they are not, supose Pokémon Legend Arceus release in march or april 2022 and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 too, Nintendo or Pokémon Company will have to delay Pokémon Legend Arceus to summer/fall 2022 and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 to summer 2022.
Gf has had decades to perfect their 3D games and they still make some of the ugliest games around. I love the art direction and design, but man, why do tehir games always looks so rough? It looks like a first generation PS2 game.
Yes! This looks really cool! Exactly what I wanted them to try with the Pokémon series. I really excited for this game!
I couldn't help noticing that there was 3 books on the table at the very start. Reckon this is going to be an ongoing series
@Darknyht Every research to identify the average Pokemon player's age since last decade has been well above 12 years old. Club Ninteno ratings suggested ten years ago that there were about as many Black and White players between 1st and 6th grade as there were players between High School age to 24 years old.
And it only gotten higher since, the finical report in 2017 claimed that Pokemon players between 20-30 years old has been the highest to that point.
Regardless of what the target demographic is, it doesn't change the fact a very large portion of the player base are, in fact, teens and adults.
And, c'mon, you don't think the developers aren't aware of this with recent pandering, right? Diamond and Pearl are 15 years old, very few kids younger than high school age are going to care about a Remake or a Prequel. The target demographic for these games, are if anything, the players of the original release.
If you can't build your own house I ain't getting it
Sounds like you have never seen a PS2 game in your life.
Am honest to goodness pokemon open world. This actually sounds good! Although it's probably holiday 22 so it's a long way away. And splatoon 3 will own my soul by then.
Why did you report "Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch on Switch in 2022." when the trailer actually says "Early 2022"?!
Strange decision to omit the word that makes this announcement even more exciting!
Now the big question is... does this release before or after BotW2 and/or Switch Pro?
@NEStalgia sorry to double post, but the trailer very clearly says Early 2022. I have no idea why NL have left that fact off their article !!
@Pikki Hahaha!! I'm so glad that you like it.
Wow, this looks amazing! I hope there's enough stuff to do, because the trailer doesn't give away much. But man, i'm excited for this!
And now, little Switch trolls think: Woah, another triple A title for Switch.
While the older gamer laughs about that and waits for his Final Fantasy 7 and Resident Evil 8 on PS5
@Yorumi I imagine it will come at the end of 2022, which still gives them 18 months, but yeah, it’s not in very good shape. It looks like they are trying to take a step forward but don’t have the human resources to do it. I guess Monolithsoft was not available to work on this with them.
@TeslaChippie dude shut up, this game looks better than every Xenoblade.
@mariomaster96 you don't understand the technical aspect of it.
The framerate of the animation is not jaggy (well it is, but not for the reasons you think), they're using a system of when the GPU is overused, the models will change into animated 2D sprites, it's called billboarding, it's not all of the time as you can clearly see in the trailer. This is very common in gaming, Mario Odyssey does that. And these sprites have a limited amount of frames, with the Switch's horribly small memory, it would be impossible to have a 30 fps high quality sprites animation.
It's a perfect compromise, it's a lot better than having Pokemon pop out of nowhere, also, the scenery looks a lot more detailed, I'm impressed that this is even possible on Switch together with all the Pokemon that have to be drawn by the CPU simultaneously. Also, I suspect this was done with the next Switch model in mind, so yes, the performance on the base model problably won't be very good.
We will see how they handle the billboard range, but it can't be worse than Sword and Shield.
@HenHiro I'm very well aware that that's a common used tactic in games. But usually those 2D low frames models are far in the background where you don't really notice it.(for example NPCs on the other side of New Donk City) But in case of the Chingling or the chimchar they aren't far in the background but directly in front of the player.
But yeah, I hope there's a Switch Pro where they game runs more smoothly.
Lmao, people finally get what they’ve been begging for, and some still complain.
I personally can’t wait. I think this shake up is desperately needed. Sure, it seemed to have some rough edges, but the game still has a year to improve. I’m excited to see more.
Am I missing something or is my computer glitching, but this looks... kinda bad, in terms of visuals and animation.
@Zach777 - Or, and hear me out here, the standard of the games they're making are just lower. More discerning and critical consumers is not a downside, unless you're personally offended by people not liking things you like, there's nothing to be complaining about here.
This does look promising, still a fair way to go as yet, and the visuals have a cel shaded Zelda feel to me.
I just didn't want an open world game to begin with. That's a cool starter lineup, though.
Looks spectacular though being open world shouldn't mean it had to look like Breath of the Wild.
@nocdaes ohh cool! An open world pokemon for winter/spring? Ok that's cool. Reminds me of the ds/3ds days!
This looks sooooo good! This is my most anticipated game of the next year, as of now. Couldn't be more excited.... Hell, I'll probably even buy a Pokeball Plus if it supports it.
I can't believe not a single person in the comment has even brought up the possibility that this ISN'T an open world game. Nothing in the trailer or the press release said it was. And just looking at a big environment doesn't mean anything. Tons of RPGs these days have big, wide, sweeping vistas. But having larger maps doesn't make it an open world game. Many thought Sword and Shield would be open world for the same reasons, yet it was about as by the numbers as it could be with the game being just as linear and locked down by story progress and badge progress as ever, locking off most of the game's content behind said progress.
They are finally bringing the series into the modern era...although not perfect this looks already tons more interesting to me then yet another regular pokemon game. Nice touch on those old-school Poke-balls.
The overworld looks a lot like botw graphics-wise, although a bit weaker. The animations look pretty simple too. Many things can still be updated though, since it won't get released this year. Oh, and Pokemon finally touch each other during battle (they never heard of covid).
Very interested in how this will come out in the end. The design of Pokemon games is starting to show it's age (and laziness?) I always thought you could tell interesting stories with the IP so I hope this will work out!
I hear alot of people mentioning this game will go hand in hand with a Switch Pro.. Because the OG Switch can't run it properly I don't see a Switch Pro happening to be honest. What are your thoughts on that?
@Zach777 I think one deserves a little entitlement for $60 twice +DLC. Especially when earning a much lower wage than your average American. And from the most profitable franchise in the world.
I liked sword and shield, but it did feel a little lacking.
@Yorumi I can understand your sentiments. I think the Pokémon Company has different dna from Nintendo though. Nintendo tries to up the ante with each new core title, but I think Pokémon Company plays it much more safe. From the looks of it, this may be a safe title but I hope they truly try to take things to the next level.
What?! No one forces you to buy the game let alone both versions AND both DLC expansions. Are you out of your mind?
Just watch, Pokémon Legends set expectations in the minds of fans, if those expectations aren’t met fans will seek blood and give verbal retribution because they are seething over their unmet expectations. Watch.
No one will force them to buy this game either.
So what? They reused models but made them look better. How aren’t you realizing that companies reuse assets all the stinking time? What exactly is morally wrong with that?
@Zach777 And no one forces you to defend the game with a pointless accusation of "entitlement". If I pay for a product with my own money I am entitled to demand quality.
My aim here is simply to point out the entitled attitude of a minority gamers. I did the same last week during the Nintendo Direct.
I happen to personally enjoy Pokémon Sword and have clocked over 250 hours in it.
People’s expectations are over inflated. Period. Game Freak has a formula that works and has worked for the last quarter of a century.
20 million+ continue to buy their stuff.
Your one voice is invalid. Move along.
@Zach777 Ironic that you are using Link from BotW as your avatar when this is the main example of what the Switch is capable of and is often what SwSh are compared to. And it was a launch title, when those are usually more primitive than the games that come later (as developers are getting more familiar with the hardware). If they want me to lower my expectations then they should lower their prices. $60 is a lot of money to shell out and I did preorder those games. My previous Pokemon game was Ruby, so it was a big jump in quality, but the DLCs and that Arceus game both show that they could have done better.
Ok now we’re talking different companies.
Nintendo makes Zelda games, Game Freak makes Pokémon games.
BotW is not even an example of what the Switch can do, it was a ported Wii U title and that also irked off a number of people because it wasn’t “modern” or a “current Gen game”.
You’ve seen that complaint, I’m sure.
You’ve also seen people complain about Ruby because “too much water”.
Look bud, I’m not complaining about these games, others are. I buy a majority of Nintendo games knowing what I’m getting myself into, and I have a dang good time with every single one of them because I understand I’m the consumer and I make the adult decision to spend my money how I spend it on the recreational activities I enjoy. If I don’t enjoy it it’s my own dang fault, not anyone else’s.
I just don’t set myself up with unrealistic expectations before purchasing a game.
@Yorumi Couldn't agree more.
When something like Digimon: Cyber Sleuth: a game that is several years old and also is on the Switch has twice the content(story, better looking environments, better animations, meaningful side activities and multiple evolutions for all the mons) of a brand new Pokemon game with half the budget of said game, you know there's something going wrong.
@Zach777 bruh we get it you a fan boy, its okay.
Arceus for Smash...
@Snaplocket lol hell no it doesn't. Not the remake and most certainly not the original, which was ugly as hell.
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