During the latest Pokémon Presents video presentation, the Pokémon Company shared new details about Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the next games in the mainline series announced earlier this year. Following in the footsteps of February’s Pokémon Legends Arceus, the games introduce an open world to the modern day setting of the series. To travel the Paldea region, trainers will partner with one of the two Legendary Pokémon and ride them like planes, motorcycles, etc. across the open world.
In the showcase, Pokémon Company COO Takato Utsunomiya shared that players will be able to take part in three “grand stories.”
- Take on gym battles familiar to longtime fans of the series, but with a twist: there is no set path to Victory Road, so players will be able to visit the gyms in any order they choose.
- Attend the academy and interact with professors and friends.
- Discover the Pokémon of the Paldea region and add them to your Pokedex.
The game looks truly ambitious, something that can’t be said for most sequels in the Pokémon series. Historically, changes to the formula are slow and gradual, but the developers at Game Freak finally seem ready to not only introduce an open world to the series but experiment with new ways to enhance the gameplay experience. There’s a lot more new information about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in the trailers, which you can view below.
Today’s Pokémon Presents also covers small updates to spinoff titles Pokémon Go, Pokémon Unite, Pokémon Masters EX, and Pokémon Café Remix. To learn more about those, you can watch the presentation in its entirety here.