The Pokémon Company officially announced that scarlet pokemon Y Violet will be released on November 18 and provided us with a new trailer full of more information. Along with the clip, Pokemon Company shared several details about the game, such as the fact that it will be a true open world game with four-player co-op.
However, we do have some lingering questions about what we learned today, as the trailer left some details vague.
How open is the world?
The Pokémon Company says that players can explore the region in a non-linear way, but to what extent? Will the game just push us right into the region like it did The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?
Most likely not. There will probably be some kind of structure, maybe something like Elden Ring where there are early, mid and late game areas. That could still be plenty of room to explore within those areas and progress through the game at your own pace.
This isn’t the first time Pokemon has delved into nonlinearity. In the second generation with Prayed, Silver Y Crystal, players could tackle a certain section of gyms in a different order. After beating Morty, the fourth gym leader, the typical order is like Chuck, Jasmine, and then Pryce.
However, players can take on those three Gym Leaders in any order, with Chuck and Jasmine residing in Olivine City and Cianwood City, respectively, and Pryce in Mahogany Town. To make up for this small degree of freedom, each of his Pokémon were at similar levels, so once you hit your seventh gym leader, the game felt a bit too easy.
Speaking of gym leaders, it’s unclear if the new games stick to the traditional eight-gym leader structures or deviate from them. While what sun Y Moon used Test Captains, Sword Y Shield they went back to using gym leaders.
What about ditching gym leaders altogether? Pokémon Legends: Arceus it showed that a game could be compelling without them. However, taking out gym leaders doesn’t seem like a likely move for a main lane game.
One of the big reveals in the new trailer is that up to four players will be able to explore the region together. So far, we don’t know what kind of features will be included in multiplayer. What is the scope of communication? How will the lobbies work? Will there be lobbies at all?
Nintendo doesn’t have as robust an online infrastructure as its Xbox and PlayStation competitors, so I’m cautiously optimistic here. If Nintendo can implement good quality of life measures within its multiplayer components, then playing with three other people will be incredibly fun.
Unfortunately, although we do not yet have confirmation of this, Pokemon Scarlet Y Violet They will likely require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to access multiplayer features like trading and battling. Sword and Shield required it, so it’s most likely the same here as well.
At the end of the trailer, we saw the two legendary pet Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon. It seems that the theme of this generation is the past vs the future. In Japanese, “Korai” means the past, and “Mirai” means the future. So it makes sense that Koraidon would look more organic, while Miraidon would look more machine-like.
Also, the new teachers, Sada and Turo, play with the theme. sada is dressed scarlet and wears a prehistoric-looking outfit that goes along with the Koraidon “past” motif. Turo, on the other hand, is in purple and wears a sleek, futuristic outfit, fitting in with Miraidon’s “future” motif.
In addition, the new region has its headquarters in Spain, and “Pasada” means “past” while “Futuro” means “future” in Spanish. That explains why the teachers’ names are “Sada” and “Turo”.
Let’s discuss the writing of Pokemon for a bit. Being a machine, a likely script for Miraidon could be the Electric/Steel dual, as he also has lightning shapes coming out of his eyes. Another possible combination could be Electric/Dragon or Steel/Dragon, but they’ve been used by other legendaries before on Zekrom and Dialga, respectively.
Koraidon is a bit harder to guess. It definitely looks like a dragon, so we’ll start with that. If we’re also leaning towards the organic/nature theme, then something like Grass/Dragon or even Fairy/Dragon might work. Both combinations have already been used by many non-Legendary Pokémon, but there are no Legendary Pokémon yet.
We also do not know what the final evolutions of the beginners will be, as well as their typifications. Some generations experimented with giving final evolutions interesting dual types. X and And we gave the Fire/Psychic Delphox while sun Y Moon they had the water/fairy Primarina. Also, in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Hisuian forms gave new dual scripts to beginners whose final evolutions they did not have before. Typhlosion went from Pure Fire to Fire/Ghost, while Samurott went from Pure Water to Water/Dark.
However, this is not the case for all beginners. In Sword and Shield, the final evolutions for beginners were kept pure Grass/Fire/Water (which is pretty boring, so please Game Freak, don’t ever do this again). Hopefully, we’ll see some more creative type combinations as the new starters reach their final forms.