The Pokémon Company announced today that it will be debuting new footage of two of this holiday’s most anticipated releases, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. We first saw the duo of Switch games when they were revealed in a Pokémon Day presentation, which brought along an initial look at the unnamed region seemingly based on Spain and Portugal and the introduction of the three beloved starter monsters, Quaxly, Sprigatito, and Fuecoco.
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The second look at Scarlet and Violet will hit the Pokémon YouTube channel tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. Pacific, but until then, we can’t help but wonder what will be shown in the new trailer. This new footage is only going to scratch the surface of what we’re going to see over the coming months for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and while it’s still early days, I’m hoping we see some or all of the topics below addressed in some way during the new trailer tomorrow morning.
What's the Gimmick?
Every Pokémon generation has a combat gimmick that makes that series of games unique. X and Y introduced Mega Evolutions, and Sun and Moon brought in Z-moves, while Sword and Shield introduced Dynamaxing and Gigantimaxing, a mixture of the previous two generations’ mechanics rolled into one. We didn’t even get a glimmer of what Gen 9 Pokémon will be capable of in the first trailer for Scarlet and Violet. Whether Game Freak introduces a radical change like type-swapping, triple-type monsters, or brings back Mega Evolutions in a big way, tomorrow’s trailer would be a great place to set the foundation for what strategies trainers can expect to employ in battle.
Cover Legendaries and Box Art
Scarlet and Violet are still months away, but the second showing of a Pokémon game is the best time to make a big impression by introducing the monsters that will grace the box art for each installment. There’s an excellent chance we’ll get to see the Legendary Pokémon that are tied to the story of this new region and, with them, a look at the packaging for the games. Given the logo treatments for Scarlet and Violet, I’m hoping for a duo of Legends that differ stylistically more so than the last few generations of Pokémon games, hinting at more significant differences between the two versions of the games themselves than ever before.
The Influence of Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus was massive upheaval and rebuilding for how Pokémon games are played. Not only was it primarily open world, but your interactions with the Pokémon on your team and those in the wild are much more personal than ever before. As the trainer, you could catch Pokémon in the wild without entering a battle with them, and every fight you partake in starts with choosing a Pokémon and throwing the Poké Ball to initiate to match where you’re standing seamlessly. With early screenshots of Scarlet and Violet showing similar kinds of battles set in the world, there’s a very good chance Generation 9 takes what was rebuilt in Arceus and evolves it even further. The Pokémon Company and Game Freak are even going as far as calling these games “open world,” which wasn’t the case even for Arceus, but I’d love to see this new brand of Pokémon gameplay continued and even doubled down on for these entries.
What are you hoping to see from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tomorrow? Let us know your Pokédreams in the comments below!
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