Pokémon continues to turn 25 with lots of weird, glorious and strangely glorious news. During today’s presentation, we got to see a single long tribute to the franchise’s history (a lot of anime and playing cards, not to mention all the games) and take part in the not too distant future of our beloved pocket monsters.
New Pokémon Snap received a quick presentation and a confirmation of the release date, which is April 30. It looks colorful and relaxing and I am very much looking forward to it.
Generation IV gets its infamous remake in the form of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. These are developed by ILCA Inc, and the project is overseen by ILCA’s own Yuichi Ueda and Junichi Masuda himself, who was at the helm during the development of the original games. The release date for this dua remakes is a diffuse “late 2021”.
Pokémon Legends Arceus was the big surprise of the presentation. It is nothing short of a role-playing adventure in an open world, not unlike the resting areas of Pokémon Sword / Shield. The game takes place in the same region as Diamond and Pearl, Sinnoh, but far back in time. Although some gameplay was shown (which makes one exclaim Pokémon of the Wild), the game will unfortunately not be released this year; the preliminary date is an unspecified 2022.
The presentation also provided a handful of small news at a fast pace that applies Pokémon Sword / Shield, Pokémon Go, Pokémon Café Mix and Pokémon Masters EX. The first currently has Gigantamax battles with Pikachu (among other things!), PoGo has Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Mewtwo in raids for a limited time, the Café gives you 25,000 acres to just log in, and Masters EX dives champion Leon up.
All this and more can also be read in more detail on Pokémon anniversary website.