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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Everything we know

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(Pocket-lint) – The next mainline Pokémon games are on the way – The Pokémon Company used 2022’s Pokémon Day celebrations as the perfect time to announce Scarlet and Violet, the next two games in the series, which are coming for Nintendo Switch.

We’ve got the first trailers for the games, and glimpses of both returning and all-new Pokémon, so there’s plenty of information about the games out there. Here are all the key details you need to know.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailers and release date

You can see the first trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet above, and happily it’s not a tiny snippet to tease their release, but rather a full three-minute look at the games in motion, with loads of gameplay clips cut throughout it.

The first trailer for the twin games ended with the information that they’ll be arriving in late 2022, and that was then confirmed by the second trailer at the start of June, which you can see below.

It confirms that the games are launching on 18 November 2022, so you can mark that date in your calendars ready to play either one for the first time.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet platforms

The two games have both been announced for Nintendo Switch, and will completely exclusive to that platform, which is no surprise at all, given the history of the franchise on Nintendo’s machines. They won’t come out on any other consoles, or on PC.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet gameplay

We’ll start where players will – the starter Pokémon for the game have been unveiled, and they’re looking mighty cute already.

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They’re Sprigatito, a grassy cat; Fuecoco, a firey crocodile; and Quaxly, a duckling. It’s a really nice set of starters from a design perspective, in our opinion, with simpler and purer designs than recent generations have brought to the table, so we’re hoping they’re a sign of things to come from other new monsters.

We also know that the games will feature different Professors to guide you on your journey – Professor Sada in Scarlet and Professor Turo in Violet.

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While there will as always be a returning roster of Pokémon to go along with a range of new designs, the biggest details about gameplay that have emerged aren’t about the lineups. Rather, they’re based on how the game will actually play.

For one thing, developer Game Freak is calling the game’s truly open-world, and has said that you’ll be able to move from towns into the wilder areas between them without any transitions or loading screens, which is really exciting if they can pull it off.

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We got a look at how open-world systems could help the series modernise in Legends Arceus, so this might be the next big step toward a new look and feel for the franchise’s main entries.

The games will feature four-person co-op, too, which should make for a fun experience – although we’re interested to learn more about how this will work, and whether there will be restrictions on where and when it can be accessed.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet story

While it showed off plenty of the world that Scarlet and Violet will be set in, the name of the region didn’t get detailed in the reveal trailer or the follow-up, and Game Freak hasn’t formally confirmed much about it.

However, over the last decade most Pokémon games have taken a real-world region as their inspiration, such as the United Kingdom for Sword and Shield.

That’s likely to have continued for the new games, and most observers are agreed that it looks like some combination of Spain and Portugal are in the limelight this time around.

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The geography is a solid match, but it’s landmarks like an in-game version of Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia that are really tipping the balance in those countries’ favours. We’ll have to wait for formal confirmation but watch this space.

We can also assume that, like normal, there will be a team of dastardly baddies to take on throughout our journey, as well as at least a pair of new legendaries to encounter, so there’s still a lot more to learn about Scarlet and Violet’s prospective story.

Those legendaries were in fact shown off at the end of the second trailer, and they’re called Koraidon and Miraidon – they’ll presumably be central to the games’ plots.

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Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.

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