The Pokemon Company has revealed the 9th generation of Pokémon games, with the reveal of the Switch game, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The games don’t have a firm release date yet, but are due in late 2022. And this new announcement has brought about a range of questions from fans.
According to the official website, the Pokemon series will allow Trainers to “explore freely in a richly expressed open world.” The description goes on to say that “various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders.” The goal is to create an experience that’s very similar to the Arceus capture and encounter system. Battles could end up taking a huge shift away from turn-based for wild encounters. Although if they do make this change, the Trainer battles will likely remain as turn-based. We will have to wait for this to be confirmed. So what do we actually know? Not all that much, unfortunately.
So far, we’re pretty barebones on details for the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet region, as well as the rest of the game. We do know that the game is due in late 2022, but no firm date has been revealed. As for the setting, only minor details have been gleaned from the gameplay shown so far. Unfortunately, as of this writing, we do not have a name for the new region or details on characters in the game. That leaves us bumbling around in the dark trying to guess at what’s coming in Gen 9.
Looking at the announcement trailer, players were able to see that the setting draws inspiration from various European cities and cultures. Some folks even pointed to the text seen in certain portions as looking very similar to Spanish. The architecture could then be pointed to that and guessed that the new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet region could be based on Spain or Portugal. Although with no official news, this is all only conjecture at this point.
Is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet an open-world game?
There remain other questions as well. Such as “Is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet an open-world game?” This is still one of those mysterious elements that would seem to be a simple yes, but it’s still too early. The announcements of video games always over-hype. And if the cynicism of some fans towards Game Freak is to be believed, we best reserve our judgment on just how much “open world” there actually is. It could be that the final game is segmented by loading screens between big open areas, with towns acting as hubs. Towns could also be simplified to function more like camps from Arceus, cutting back on the resources need to create and render them in-game.
Again, we don’t know for sure, but the early hype would suggest that traditional Routes from earlier games are going away. It’s just a question of how Game Freak changes the structure of the region to accommodate the shift.