Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl and Pokemon Legends Arceus have been announced! So it’s with great excitement that we can finally say – Sinnoh confirmed!
It feels like we’ve been reporting Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake rumors for months. Probably because we have!
Since 2020, not a week has gone by without some leak or tease regarding these highly-anticipated remakes.
But now, we finally have the answers we were waiting for. And wow, did we get more than we hoped!
Here’s a breakdown of everything shown during today’s Pokemon presentation:
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl Revealed
Just like a leak from earlier today suggested, the Gen 4 remakes will be called Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl.
The games will have an art style similar to the 3DS Pokemon games and both will be a ground up remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
However, the games will not feature Let’s Go catching mechanics, meaning fans can enjoy a more traditional Pokemon experience.
Instead of being developed by GameFreak, the remakes are being developed by third-party developer ILCA. This is because GameFreak is busy developing the other game that was announced today (see below).
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2006. It was followed up by Pokemon Platinum a year later, which altered the story slightly to focus on Giratina.
This content is likely to already be in both remakes, so expect Giratina to play an important role in the game’s story. As will Arceus, who also will be playing a much larger role in the second game that was announced.
Both titles are coming late 2021, probably around November. This is usually when Pokemon games release.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Pokemon Legend: Arceus was also announced during the Pokemon presentation. A fully open-world adventure akin to Breath of The Wild. Confirming another earlier leak as correct.
This will take place in an earlier time period in Pokemon’s history, involving the creation of the first Sinnoh Pokedex. However the characters seem to have technology like PokeBalls, so it may not be as feudal as the leaks suggested.
The game will feature a dynamic active combat system, which reminded us of Final Fantasy 13 Part 2 in many ways. Although catching Pokemon can now be done from the overworld.
Pokemon Legends Arceus, could loosely be described as a prequel to Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. This is because both games feature the Sinnoh region - just at different points in time.
It also appears that Pokemon Legends could become a spin-off series in its own right. The Legends games could release in between main line entries and Let's Go games / other remakes.
The older setting may work well. After all, Sinnoh is the Pokemon world’s version of the mountainous regions of Japan. Therefore, if any Pokemon game was to dive into the past, Sinnoh is the ideal region to start this journey.
Last week, a leak suggested that the remakes would feature an additional chapter all about the legendary Pokemon Arceus. - Who is essentially the god of the Pokemon universe and its creator.
However, now we know that this isn’t an additional chapter, it’s a full game in its own right! Although Arceus may still make an appearance in the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. - As he did appear in the original games.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is coming early 2022 - and we can't wait to learn more. So Sinnoh confirmed – and then some! Catch the full Pokemon Presentation here.
In other exciting Nintendo news, the release date of Splatoon 3 may be leaked.