Open World Pokemon Legends: Arceus Coming to Nintendo Switch in Early 2022

Today during the Pokemon Presentation, The Pokemon Company and developer Game Freak announced Pokemon Legends: Arceus for the Nintendo Switch.

The game is planned to launch in early 2022 and looks to be taking the franchise in the direction of something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Players will get to explore an open-world set in feudal Sinnoh. You can watch the first trailer and read more about the game below.

The fun of exploring while catching Pokemon and filling in a Pokedex has always been a core part of the Pokemon video game series. Pokemon 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 Pokemon titles.

As Trainers explore the natural expanses in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, they’ll encounter Pokemon that call these grand vistas home. To catch wild Pokemon, players can study the Pokemon’s behaviors, sneak up to them, then throw Poke Balls. Players can also battle wild Pokemon with their ally Pokemon. By throwing the Poke Ball holding their ally Pokemon near a wild Pokemon, players will seamlessly enter battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide Trainers with an immersive experience.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus brings Trainers to the vast Sinnoh region as it existed in the past, long before the setting for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl was established. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, this is a Sinnoh unlike anything Trainers have experienced before as they embark to create the region’s first Pokedex.

As they start off on their adventure, Trainers will be able to choose either Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as their first partner Pokemon. These three Pokemon arrived with a Pokemon Professor, who encountered them on research excursions to various regions.

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