Scarlet and Violet, two new entries in the long-running Pokémon franchise, were just unveiled by Nintendo.
This appears to be Generation 9, and it will be released on Nintendo Switch later this year.
Versions of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Unlike the spin-off Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet follows the series’ tradition of providing two base game versions. As a result, it’s almost certain that you won’t obtain all of the Pokémon using only one version.
It’s also been revealed that depending on whose version you’re playing, your character’s wardrobe changes.
Scarlet & Violet (Pokémon): The Beginning
Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet, according to The Pokémon Company, will mark the series’ “next evolutionary stage,” allowing players to “travel freely in a highly articulated open environment.” That continent appears to be modelled on the real-life Iberian Peninsula, comprising Spain and Portugal in southwestern Europe.
The Pokémon Company adds, “Various towns mix smoothly into the wilderness with no borders,” implying that this will be an open-world adventure.
“The Pokémon of this region will be found in the air, the seas, the forests, and the streets—everywhere! You’ll be able to enjoy the true delight of the Pokémon series—battling wild Pokémon to catch them—in an open-world game suitable for players of all ages.”
The Pokédex for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Although nothing has been verified, it appears that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will not have the entire Pokédex.
According to Serebii.net, players will be able to add “particular” pocket monsters to these games only through the Pokémon HOME app. This implies that “not all” Pokémon will be included in the upcoming Nintendo Switch games.
While this isn’t shocking news, it may disappoint some trainers hoping to “get ’em all” and complete the National Pokédex. This would be similar to Pokémon Sword and Shield, which did not have the entire National Dex.
As of 2022, there are many more than 900 pocket monsters on record, indicating Game Freak is likely to cherry-pick particular in the future. Junichi Masuda, the game’s producer, had stated that having more Pokémon in the game could cause concerns with combat balance.
The two starter Pokémon
Trainers will once again have three starter Pokémon to choose from: grass (Sprigatito), fire (Fuecoco), or water (Fuecoco) (Quality).
Scarlet and Violet’s Release Date
In late 2022, Pokémon Scarlet will be released worldwide on Nintendo Switch.