Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Nintendo’s next instalment of mainline Pokémon games, are now set to release worldwide on 18 November 2022.
In the 3-minute long trailer, you’ll get to see some new Pokémon (Lechonk?!) and indications of a new 4-player co-op mode. There are also hints of what might be three different PvP game modes.
In Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, you’ll be going to a new unnamed region to catch Pokémon, both familiar and new. New Pokémon include Lechonk, Smoliv and Pawmi, as well the two Legendary Pokémon: Koraidon and Miraidon.
Scarlet and Violet will enable multiplayer gameplay for up to four players, which includes playing and exploring together, trading as well as battling Pokémon. This is a first for the series, as previous titles had only a maximum of two-player co-op capability.
The three Generation 9 starter Pokémon are Sprigatito, a capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon; Fuecoco, a laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace; and Quaxly, an earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon.
The Pokémon Company calls the game world an “open world where various towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness” which players can “explore at their leisure”. This breathes more life into the already lively series and sounds like a similar approach to the recent Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which our reviewer loved.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on 18 November 2022. Preorders for the downloadable version are now available on Nintendo eShop.