This morning The Pokemon Company held a Pokemon Presents event as part of their Pokemon Day celebration. The presentation opened with a 10-minute video that went through every Pokemon product in chronological order. They gave more details about New Pokemon Snap during the event and announced the heavily rumoured Sinnoh remakes (Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl).and Pokemon Legends: Arceus. They also announced several in-game events celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pokemon.
New Pokemon Snap
New Pokemon Snap was announced at last year’s first Pokemon Presents. Today they showed an extended trailer that explained more details about the game. It takes place in the Lrntal region and seems to have really nice graphics. The game doesn’t seem to have many new features other than the ability to share photos taken in the game online. The game releases on April 30 and preorders are open now.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the long-awaited remakes of Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (2006) announced today. The games are in an engaging hybrid 2D/4D art style that merges the originals’ art style with some more modern design aspects. The games will be developed by ILCA, Inc., and directed by Junichi Masuda (GAME FREAK) and Yuichi Ueda (ILCA). They gave very little detail about the games other than that. The games will release in Late 2021, and no preorder window was announced.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is an open-world Pokemon game in the distant past of the Sinnoh region. It’s a new type of open-world Pokemon game. It has the graphics of Sword and Shield and some of the Let’s Go mechanics. The only story-related detail they give is that the professor had travelled in multiple other regions and brought Pokemon from those regions. The narrator says, “You journey out to create the first Pokedex,” but there’s no mention of gyms. The only other gameplay-related detail given was that Rowlet, Cyndaquil and, Oshawatt are the starters. The game releases in Early 2022, and there once again was no mention of preorders.
25th Anniversary Events
- 2,500 golden acorns login bunus in Pokemon Cafe Mix – February 25 through February 28
- Leon in Pokemon Masters – February 25 to March 17
- Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and even Mewtwo are appearing in Legendary Raid Battles in Pokemon Go – no exact dates given (it was implied that it’s ongoing.
- special Max Raid Battle event featuring Gigantamax Pikachu – ongoing with no end date given