Debuting at the end of January, Pokemon Legends: Arceus represents a departure from traditional Pokemon gameplay and a foray into adventures in a large open world. Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place in the far past of the Sinnoh region, which recently appeared in the Nintendo Switch titles Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl, two remakes of earlier games. So far, trailers and teasers for Legends have highlighted new twists on previous series mechanics, such as the way trainers and their Pokemon move around the world.
Set in the Hisui region - aka the Sinnoh region prior to its name change - Pokemon Legends: Arceus tells the story of a Pokemon trainer who helps to explore this wild, uncharted land and catalog the many types of Pokemon who call it their home. Recent trailers also indicate that the player will be responsible for working with, and possibly healing the divide between, the Diamond and Pearl clans, two differing groups of trainers who live in the Hisui region and serve as protectors for its Pokemon.
A recent tweet from Nintendo of America showed off the ability to ride on Pokemon while traveling around the large open world. The short 15-second video clip shows off three travel methods. One trainer is shown taking to the skies on a glider held by Hisuian Braviary, another effortlessly jumps down a waterfall and crosses a lake atop Basculegion, and a third gallops through the forest while riding Wyrdeer. All three are Hisuian variants or evolutions of existing Pokemon, and all will be appearing for the first time in Legends: Arceus.
Traveling around the world accompanied by Pokemon is a feature which has appeared in a number of previous series titles. In the recently released Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, trainers could choose any Pokemon in their party to follow behind them, although the follow animations of a number of Pokemon were criticized by fans as being odd-looking or boring. Riding Pokemon also appeared in earlier titles such as Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, where the use of special moves allowed players to mount Mudsdale, Stoutland, Lapras, and several others.
While some fans are excited by the many ways trainers can explore Hisui, others have expressed frustration or consternation, feeling that Nintendo is repeatedly showing off the same clips rather than revealing any new footage. In particular, the footage of players riding Wyrdeer and Basculegion was shown in a longer Pokemon Legends: Arceus gameplay trailer that debuted earlier in January. The clip of riding Pokemon in Hisui posted on January 12th in fact did not contain any previously unseen footage from Legends: Arceus at all.
With only a few weeks to go until Legends: Arceus releases, it is unclear whether Nintendo will share any brand new footage or continue reusing clips on Twitter as it is currently doing. Fans are particularly hoping to see a confirmation of the rumor that the game's starters Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet will have Hisuian forms of their own.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus releases January 28, 2022 for Nintendo Switch.
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