Arceus’ first campaign teases new countries to see

The boxing art of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, showing the two trainers and their Pokemon overlooking the horizon.

Picture: Nintendo

It’s only a few weeks before Switch players can grab them Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The next big item in the series is to turn the clock back to the Hisui region before it came to be known as Sinnoh, and gives players the task of exploring the area research the pocket samples in their natural habitats.

GameFreak and Nintendos gradual drop feed of information in the months ago Arceus’ the announcement has mainly focused on gameplay mechanics, but a promo released in Japan puts its focus mainly on the player exploring Hisui. For as easy as it was to joke that the game is basically the franchise’s answer Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the promo certainly leans into it as the player uses their Pokémon to travel through water, gallop down hills and even fly past a volcano. It’s hard not to be impressed by the visual direction and how big the world feels in a way like before games could not always convey.

There has been an open desire among fans for Pokémon to switch things up in the main games for a long time now, and what we know about Arceus so far, it seems to be resolving at least some of these complaints. Instead of being turn-based combat, it’s an open world action RPG where players take quests from villagers, camp and make their own supplies. More interesting, Pokémon could only kills you outright this time if you are not careful. Though it’s unlikely that Nintendo will ever provide their own version of fans’ custom-made ones Nuzlocke challenges, the extra excitement that Arceus apparently giving has some potential to push back players who may forget these creatures they are trying to snatch, have no qualms about defending themselves.

Whether or not Arceus acts as an overhaul or evolution of the formula, what it brings to the table both gameplay-wise and narratively will be interesting for fans to chew on. At the very least, it will not be a bad way to spend the winter, especially if you are confined at home.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus hits the Nintendo Switch on January 28th.

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