New Details Revealed for ‘Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’

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We’ve got some more info on the Paldea region.

Since its initial reveal earlier this year, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have been keeping fairly silent on the next mainline Pokemon game, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. This morning, though, in a new Pokemon Presents livestream, we finally received a few more details.

Firstly, the name of the new region was revealed: Paldea. In this region, players will assume the role of a student at a prestigous Trainer academy (the name of which changes depending on the version you’re playing). The academy sends the students out on a “Treasure Hunt,” encouraging them to explore the world. From the beginning of the game, you’ll have free reign of most of the region, where you can challenge any of the eight gym leaders in whatever order you wish. In addition to the gym challenge, there will be two other questlines you can pursue.

A handful of new Pokemon were shown during the presentation, including the squishy Fidough, a regional variant of Wooper, and the massive Cetitan. The mascot legendaries for the games, Koraidon and Miraidon, will double as a means of transport for players, switching between rideable motorcycles, gliders, and jet skis. The signature ability of the games is Terastalization, a phenomenon in which Pokemon transform into crystalline versions of themselves with enhanced or altered capabilities.

Finally, multiplayer features received a brief spotlight. As previously announced, up to three players can join you at once, and you can all travel around together to explore and catch Pokemon. Scarlet and Violet will also see the return of Raids, wherein a group of players take on a single powerful Pokemon for a chance to catch it. Raids have been revamped to allow players to attack and heal at their own pace, rather than taking turns.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.

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