Update: Both of the leaked games mentioned in our original article have now been officially confirmed. Visit here for official details on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and here for the open-world Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Original Article (Fri 26th Feb, 2021 12:10 GMT): If you were planning to tune into today's Pokémon Presents, this is your final chance to remain unspoiled.
Still here? OK...
Reddit leaker PracticalBrush12 has made a bit of a name for themselves lately, most notably leaking half of Nintendo's previous Direct presentation ahead of time. They were also responsible for several Monster Hunter leaks and details on both Diablo 4 and the Diablo 2 Remaster. Their track record speaks for itself, and they're back at it once again with Pokémon.
While Pokémon Presents will likely cover multi-media content beyond just games, PracticalBrush12 detailed two unrevealed Nintendo Switch projects and what's even more exciting is these were later backed up by video and screenshot leaks.
In their latest post, the user writes:
Hey guys, so the remakes are in wierd chibi 3D, battles are just same as SwSh. Brilliant D and Shining P, this year, developed by ILCA not GF. Why? Because they are working on another game! It's... Open world. In "feudal" sinnoh. Year 2022 early for release.
If the user is to be believed, this would mean the long-awaited remakes of Diamond & Pearl are titled "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl" and while the date isn't specified, they will most likely be aiming for 2021 if the second project is 2022. These remakes are allegedly being headed by ILCA, a support studio which has aided with games such as Dragon Quest XI and NieR: Automata, although it doesn't appear to have developed its own title before.
So what of Game Freak's title? A fully open-world Pokémon adventure again set in the Sinnoh region, only in the past. No further details are shared beyond the 2022 release date but don't worry, it's about to get very exciting.
A few hours after this post was published, footage of Game Freak's open-world Pokémon game found its way online. It looks like Pokémon is finally getting its "Breath of the Wild" moment. Video and screenshots showcase trainers roaming around a fully open field with visuals far surpassing that of 2019's Sword & Shield. Not only that, but combat appears to have been fully overhauled with battles occurring in real-time.
We see a trainer throwing a Poké Ball, almost like you would fire an arrow in Breath of the Wild. You can ride the monsters, fly in real-time, climb, sneak in tall grass. It almost looks too good to be real, as if it were a mod for Breath of the Wild... yet it lines up perfectly with what PracticalBrush12 describes.
We only need to wait a few hours to officially see it for ourselves but it looks like this Pokémon Presents is one you won't want to miss.
[source resetera.com, via reddit.com]
YES! It actually looks promising! I hope it is goooooood!
Pokémon actually trying with one of their games?
True or not, the person typing that tweet needs to learn using normal language...
As for the information, it sounds real enough for me to believe.
Not a Pokemon guy, but the 2022 title sounds very interesting to me. Looking forward to learning more about it in the future. Especially the real-time combat!
If true, the remakes being developed by someone other than Game Freak is enough to raise my interest a little bit. That means there's at least a slight chance of it being half-decent.
Surely instead of feudal Sinnoh it could tell the story of that battle in Kalos set 3000 years prior?
Big if true, but we'll see if that's whats actually happening.
I mean, a BotW approach to a Pokémon game is what people have been clamoring for, for years now.
Uhhhhhh, HECK YES?!
You had me at not Game Freak
I don't get the obsession with turning random game series open world TBH, but Pokemon doesn't seem like the worst choice, as long as they can continue making the linear games alongside them.
No longer turn based, that will suck!
I don't know man, this looks kinda fake, but I'm optimistic.
At not a Let's Go game.
This has potentially Ruined the surprise for many!! I find it so selfish by the individuals involved especially considering that all will be revealed today anyway!!
Some people have no patience or sense of allowing companies to provide their details as planned.
Dang, this is what I get for waking up early.
@Patendo They literally put a spoiler warning on the article.
@Patendo you…you could have just not opened the article?
On top of which, the surprise is exactly the same, just earlier instead of later.
The link https://m.imgur.com/qWE1F1B no longer works @JonComms for the images of the open world game.
Can you really 'spoil' a trailer?
That 2022 game actually looks like Pokemon of the Wild.
Looks to be a gigantic step up from Sword/Shield. If it is good, it'll be a mega-success.
Sounds too good. I don't doubt the leak, I'm just convinced there will be some way GF will make it lame.
wow this will let me buy a pokemon game again
(when i first play ni no kuni back in ps3 days i always thought with a lil tweak this battle system is great for pokemon)
My comment was not about this article or nintendolife but the leakers. It happens too often.
If this is true then Nintendo need to ramp up Switch production as these games are going to sell like hot cakes!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BE REAL
Feudal Sinnoh? Another Pokémon Conquest perhaps?
Feudal Sinnoh is an open-world Pokemon game.
Now the only things i'm looking forward to this year
The final smash fighters
Botw pokemon edition
Wait wait wait....a Pokémon game that looks.....good? What universe is this??
Please don't be fake.
Please don't be fake.
The mainline Pokémon games have been stagnating for years, although I've always ended up buying them. After playing Sword and Shield, however, that was the point where I said to myself that enough was enough until the games got completely overhauled.
But if Pokémon is indeed getting its "Breath of the Wild moment", consider my interest in the series rekindled.
If "not Game Freak" equals "full National Pokédex", count me the f#@k in.
I need another link. The one in the article doesn't work for me
@Rayquaza2510 French is a normal language, especially for its 275 million speakers. The internet is much bigger than just English.
If the open world game's combat is close to Xenoblad, gonna get it day 1.
Pokemon Future and Past
I call it here first
Not to offend and sorry, but some people look bad celebrating that Game Freak does not develop the remakes (sure, according to rumors), but, oh well...
Now, however, one thing is true, if the rumors are true, and Game Freak is developing a new game, then I support the idea of another company developing the remakes, since it is a lot of pressure to develop both games, and well, that Game Freak already originally developed Diamond and Pearl, and finally, that the new game is for 2022, supports that game have a better development and not something rushed as happened with Shield and Sword.
Not interested in a mainline Pokémon game that isn't turn based. Like at all
Jokes on you nintendo life I didn't look at it I'm still going to remain un spoiled.
@JustMe amnmd now I'm scared again.
I kinda doubt this is true but hey if it is sounds nice hope it has the Underground
Edit: Lol it was true and it's amazing
I want Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire the original GBA versions on the Switch eShop.
This development explains a lot about why Sword and Shield came out like they did. They were probably made on the side alongside this 2022 to bide some time.
@Kalmaro you asked for the link right?
Gonna have to try and watch this on the sly in work...
@dont_simp_for_them you are a good man. Thank you
I like actual remakes of games I didn't play and I like older pokemon weird chibi 3D. I am glad
Why does GameFreak's game sound like if Pokémon Conquest was made in current year
@Rayquaza2510 LMAO THEYRE SPEAKING FRENCH
IF YOU CANT UNDERSTAND IT USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE
JUST BECAUSE YOU DONT SPEAK THAT LANGUAGE DOESNT MEAN ITS NOT NORMAL HAHAHA
@menbead Oh you mean Baguette language.
I don't speak that either
@Rayquaza2510 whats not normal about his language?
It's a Christmas miracle!
@Archius9 Or Feudal Pokémon Japan - Kanto/Johto/Hoenn/Sinnoh with the missing parts (Chugoku, the rest of Shikoku, and northern Honshu) included?
If true then this sounds awesome, and luckily we will know in about 47 min
If gamefreak is making an open-world game... it'll be bad. If they make another open-world game... it'll probably be bad too. BUT on the third try, it might be only a bit worse than what I want from pokemon.
But I'm not getting my hopes up though.
After all I have much better games to play.
If that open world game is real, you gotta give it up to GF for a mic drop like no other. I mean, I wasn't clamoring for an open world Pokémon game, though the Wild Area was a really neat addition to franchise. But of course, I will not say no to a significant evolution (pun intended) to the series.
Game Freak developing an ambitious, fully open-world Pokemon game? Sounds WAY too good to be true.
this means we might get some real Pokèmon coming back to town.
@Rayquaza2510 l think that's the point so he can hide the secret sorta. But those images don't look right
@ComradeThom Better question, can you really spoil a Pokemon game?
I just went from aggressively uninterested to intrigued. If turn based battles are gone, they've sold me at like 75%. Definitely watching this direct now.
If it's not a MMO, I'm not that interested.
Wow.... I'm super surprised and excited for this! Sounds like a new & immersive experience! Must buy for me!
It could still be in the conquest universe. Maybe a mix of strategy and traditional Pokémon.
So...this was real. Guess leaks do happen every now and again.
Finally a pokemon game for my interest.
Yeah this person has credibility. Unlike Laura Kate Dale who fabricated leaks of Switch virtual console and Mother 3 coming to Switch back in early 2017.
@Mr_Persona ...Or the person primarily speaks French. There was nothing particularly hidden or secret here. Not in that sense, anyway.
Oooh glad I missed this ! Game looks great!
Glad I missed this.
Leakers annoy me so much leaching clout from someone actually relevant.
Nintendo Life should ignore them tbh.
Glad I didn’t read this. Got to go in with fresh eyes.
If your site is planning on streaming an event...try not to spoil it before hand. It's woefully bad form. I didn't read this, but the last thing I want is someone to be keyboard happy in the chat that did.
@The__Goomba You should ignore them.
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