Three years after the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield and mere months after the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, trainers need to start polishing up their Pokéballs and working on their cardio because we just got an official release date for the latest entry into the Pokémon franchise.
Yesterday afternoon a second trailer for the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet dropped. Only this trailer came bundled with a surprise: the official release date, set for November of this year. However, the release date wasn’t the only surprise the trailer had in store; instead, we were also treated to a few inside peaks into what the games will hold.
For example, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be the first entries to boast not only one but two professors, depending on which version of the game you choose to play. With Professor Sada being tied to Pokémon Scarlet and Professor Turo to Violet – although as of now, it’s not yet certain what changes these two professors will bring.
Nintendo has also revealed the three starter Pokémon available to players. These are Pawmi, an electric mouse type, Smoliv a grass type which looks remarkably like an Olive? and Lechonk a pig Pokémon. Throughout the second trailer, you also get a look at the new look for the Pokémon Center and a glimpse at the new co-op system and some story hints for the game.
Fan speculation on the internet is that the upcoming Pokémon will focus on time travel, as many Pokémon names hint at such. For example, Professor Sada derives her name from the feminine version of ‘Pasado’, which means past in Spanish. Likewise, Professor Turo comes from ‘Futuro’, which means future. That’s not all, though. The two new legendaries are called Koraidon and Miraidon, with Korai meaning “the past” in Japanese and Mirai meaning “the future”.
Time travel speculation aside, the trailer also has some definites in it. One of which is the open-world mechanics. Much like Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet embrace the open-world set-up, which will allow players to freely explore and see towns and the wilderness flow into each other without borders.
We also got to see a bit of the planned multiplayer, which is another big deviation for the franchise. Instead of the usual integration of multiplayer, which extends little further than battling, this time around, the games will feature a full four-player co-op mode. This mode will allow
for the world to be explored together, trading, interacting and battling.
You can watch the new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet below. The game will release on Friday, November 18, 2022, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
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