Game News Pokémon Scarlet / Violet: Open world, multiplayer, tetracrystallization … The announcements to remember from Pokémon Presents
Announced on Monday, The Pokémon Company held a presentation on Wednesday to discuss the future of Pokémon video games. If we have any news about mobile titles, it is the main next episodes aimed for the Switch, Scarlet and Violet, which occupy a large part of the show.
- Finally a true open world?
- A more free adventure than usual?
- Tetracrystallization, the ninth generation mechanics
- Multiplayer at the heart of the experience
- Other announcements: Pokémon Go, Unite, Masters Ex, Café Remix…
This Wednesday, August 3, the Pokémon Company released one of its Pokémon Presents to discuss several Pokémon mobile games, but above all to give news on the next episodes of the main saga, Pokémon Scarlet/Purple Arrives November 18th on Nintendo Switch. Here’s everything you need to remember.
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Finally a true open world?
First of all, we are treated to a better overview of the region where the games will take place as well as its name: Paldéa. As we have observed before, the latter is particularly inspired by Spain, as evidenced by this great cathedral reminiscent of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Beyond the vast prairies, we also see cities and desert spaces that make us think of the different environments of the title. However, it is clear that the graphics and the visual aspect of these episodes are once again debated on social networks, as happened during Pokémon Legends: Arceus.. In addition, these main games of the ninth generation have a central aspect of this spin-off: the open world.
However, a word in the presentation raises some questions. In fact, the voiceover says that Pokémon Scarlet/Purple is “open-world RPGs, a first for the Pokémon series“. By this phrase, should we understand that the open world of Pokémon Scarlet / Purple will be different from Pokémon Legends: Arceus and that it is a real open world, with areas connected to each other and accessible without loading time? We’ll need a little more precision before we can be sure. In any case, we can see towers in the presentation trailer that remind us of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and that might suggest that we have to climb them to unlock something.
Another great thing about exploring Pokémon Scarlet/Purple is that the two Legendary Pokémon, Miraidon and Koraidon, additionally obtained at the start of the adventure, serve as mounts. The latter is especially useful because they can move on the ground in the form of a motorcycle, hover in the air, swim and even climb walls. A strange but interesting use of legendary Pokémon, promising more freedom of movement for players.
A more free adventure than usual?
Throughout the presentation, one expression stood out, that of treasure hunting. In effect, In Pokémon Scarlet/Purple, you play as a student from Raisin or Orange Academy, depending on your version of the game, who has an extracurricular project to find his own treasure.. So we started an adventure with this goal in mind, but where these titles of the ninth generation differ from the previous episodes is that they offer three different intrigues that we can do in the desired order.
Again, we’re waiting to learn more to find out what it’s all about, but here’s the kind of innovation that will break the usual Pokémon saga. After all, the latter has existed ever since‘We found as usual eight champions in the arena that we must defeat to become the master of the region. Finally, we also see new characters like Professor Jacq who acts as the main teacher, Pania, a shy classmate or even Grusha, the champion of the Ice class.
Tetracrystallization, the ninth generation mechanics
If you’ve been following Pokémon for years, you’ve noticed that recent installments in the franchise often feature special mechanics that only exist in one game. Z capacity in seventh, Gigantamax in eighth and so on. Pokémon Scarlet / Purple is no exception to the rule since the ninth generation’s signature mechanic is Tetracrystallization. Thus, in battle, it is possible to crystallize your Pokémon to strengthen its statistics.. It can even have other consequences such as changing its type, such as Pikachu becoming Type Flight, because it floats in the air thanks to the balloons.
As usual with every presentation, we see a new Pokémon exclusive to the Paldea region. So, let’s start with Pâtachiot, a type of small dog that looks like a pastry, which explains its name. We also saw Balbalèze, a round two-legged creature with three horns on the forehead that looked aggressive. Finally, we are treated to a regional form of the already known Pokémon. This time, Axoloto (Form of Paldea) treats us with brown skin, which has changed from the usual blue of his Johto counterpart, and whose body is covered in poison.
Multiplayer at the heart of the experience
It was announced before, but multiplayer is bigger than ever in Pokémon Scarlet/Purple. Thanks to Club Union, you can bring three trainers to your game to explore the region and find unknown Pokémon. In the trailer, we even see that it is possible to visit a cave with many people, which can have many surprises.
Finally, like Pokémon Sword/Shield, the four-player attack is repetitive. This time, instead of hunting Gigantamax Pokémon, you can face Tetracrystallized Pokémon with the goal of capturing them at the end of the fight. From what we can see so far, it looks like what we have in the eighth generation, so not too many new things in that regard.
Other announcements: Pokémon Go, Unite, Masters Ex, Café Remix…
If Pokémon Scarlet / Violet was the center of attention during the presentation, the latter started with announcements about more Pokémon games on mobiles. Thus, for the Pokémon GO festival, Pokémon GO Fest 2022, the latter ends at the end of August and many events take place in physics in different places around the world such as Berlin, Seattle or Sapporo. As the current story arc reaches its conclusion, players will be able to use a daily incense that will attract rare Pokémon for fifteen minutes until the end of the Fest.
From the side of Pokémon Unite, the MOBA celebrates its first anniversary and announces that new Pokémon, features, events and campaigns are planned. in future times. Thus, until September 1, a game mode for quick games called Pikamania will appear tomorrow. In this mode, all Pokémon, player and wild, are Pikachu. Mouscoto also joins the cast of playable Pokémon, while costumes for Pikachu, Blastoise, Snorlax and Nymphali will also be added.
Finally, real-time role-playing Pokémon Masters has revealed a teaser of sorts where Trainer Red can be seen on top of a mountain in the middle of a storm, reminiscent of a scene from Pokémon Silver Version. A new feature called Trainer Lounge will also be added soon. Finally, we will end the Pokémon Café ReMix announcing the arrival of Mewtwo who can join your team on servers if you can satisfy him with your dishes.
Pokémon Scarlet / Violet is scheduled for November 18, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
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