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Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks like Breath of the Wild in ancient Sinnoh, coming early 2022

Pokemon Legends Arceus Screenshot
Pokemon Legends Arceus Screenshot (Image credit: Nintendo)

What you need to know

  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks to be a true open-world Pokémon RPG inspired by Breath of the Wild.
  • It is set in the Sinnoh region from long ago where players will be tasked with creating the first Pokédex for the region.
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus is expected to release early 2022 for Nintendo Switch.

During today's Pokémon Presents livestream the company revealed that Game Freak is working on a Pokémon game that fans have been waiting for, taking pages from Breath of the Wild to create a true Pokémon open-world experience.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place long ago in the Sinnoh region from Diamond and Pearl — which also saw remakes announced today — and players will be tasked with creating the very first Pokédex for the region. That doesn't mean we won't see Pokémon from other areas though. A certain professor seems to have brought Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet to Sinnoh as well.

The short trailer gives us a decent look at the type of gameplay we can expect. Players are free to roam an open-world and battle and capture Pokémon entirely out in the open. This looks to be the true RPG experience Pokémon fans have been wanting for a long time, though the trailer notes that the gameplay footage is not final and is subject to change.

Development is on-going as the team hopes to release Pokémon Legends: Arceus in early 2022 worldwide for Nintendo Switch.

In other Pokémon-related news, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of the Gen 4 classics, will be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. The art direction here appears to be a chibi style similar to the one in The Legends of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

The Pokémon Company has a gold mine on its hands with these new announcements, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus could very well go down as one of the best Nintendo Switch games if Game Freak does everything right.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and bought a Nintendo Switch specifically for all things Pokemon. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.