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Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond announced!

During a live stream, the company just revealed that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will arrive in Nintendo Switch this 2021.
Screenshot from: The Official Pokemon YouTube Channel

Remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl in the Sinnoh region

The Pokemon Company is creating remakes for Diamond and Pearl, hence the names Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are chosen. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were originally released for the DS back in 2007, and were the first games in the series to let players battle, trade, and communicate online.

The setting of these games will be in the Sinnoh region, which is allegedly more naturalistic than others. The players will go on an adventure while either a Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup accompanies them as their starter Pokemon. The company explains that they tried to preserve the sense of the scale of the towns and routes for these remakes.

The games' original director Junichi Masuda will still oversee the development of these games but they will be under ILCA instead of GameFreak. They will utilize a chibi-3D art style while still remaining top-down while exploring the world.

In addition to this, the Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond will feature new quality-of-life improvements over the originals that the company did not disclose yet. These remakes are said to be created to satisfy fans until the Pokemon Legends Arceus is released next year.

An open-world adventure with a new gameplay angle

Speaking of Pokemon Legends Arceus, this highly-anticipated game is set to arrive next year in Nintendo Switch also. This is an open-world Pokémon adventure that is claimed to be "a new challenge and a new frontier for the Pokémon world".

The plot also will take place n the Sinnoh region, at a period that appears to be long before other Pokemon games. It will include iconic monsters like Piplup and will let gamers choose among Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil as their starter Pokemon.

The back story of this game focuses on trainers exploring the natural expanses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. In doing this, they’ll encounter Pokémon that call these grand vistas home. 

To catch wild pokémon, players can study the pokémon’s behaviors, sneak up to them, then throw poké balls. Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their ally pokémon.

Also, by throwing the poké ball holding their ally pokémon near a wild pokémon, players will seamlessly enter a battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide trainers with an immersive experience.

As mentioned earlier, the company will release Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond later this year then the Pokémon Legends: Arceus will follow in 2022.

What do you guys think?

Sources: Kotaku, The Verge

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