Game Freak has announced the 9th Pokémon Generation for the Nintendo Switch. We couldn’t be more excited, particularly since we’ve already been blessed with games like Pokémon: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl.
Nobody imagined that Game Freak would announce another game for 2022. However, this company surprised everyone by announcing Pokémon Scarlet & Violet for the Nintendo Switch. That means three entries into this franchise will have been released within twelve months.
Anyone familiar with the franchise knows that when entering a new generation cycle, there are updated regions and locations to be uncovered. It appears this fictional nation will maintain some similarities with Spain, as you can see roaming landscapes with oceanic views and towering mountains. However, Game Freak hasn’t confirmed the region for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
Now that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet has been announced, let’s learn about this upcoming game and everything it offers.
Is Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Coming Out In 2022?
It’s been confirmed by the Nintendo Company that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will be launching on November 18, 2022.
Players can experience the upcoming game with the following consoles:
- Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo Switch Lite
- Nintendo Switch OLED
It’s expected that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will cost $69.99 in Canada, $59.99 in America, and €59.99 in Europe. And we cannot confirm this, but we're fairly certain players in the United Kingdom will pay an average of £39.99 for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
Game Setting And Everything We Know About Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Let’s start with the game setting, which has somewhat been covered already. We know that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will take place within a fictional version of Spain. It’s here that everyone will find their three new starter Pokémon, which include a Grass and Water-Type Pokémon. Don’t worry; there’s a Fire-Type Pokémon named Fuecoco.
Sprigatito is the Grass-Type, and Quaxly is the Water-Type for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. You’ll be capable of choosing from these three Pokémon to start your journey throughout a fictional Spain. But remember, these Pokémon will evolve into other versions of themselves and become more powerful.
[Update, June 17, 2022]
Apparently, Sprigatito's final evolution got leaked. Listen, me and a couple of colleagues here have been incredibly worried about the final evolutions because as cute and nice as some starters are, it so often happens that the final evolution sucks.
Nope, Sprigatito's final evolution is bomb af. Check it out!
Now, keep in mind that this is a leak. A leak that originated on 4chan and then found its way on reddit, so not exactly the best sources. Additionally, the video is still up, and we all know how hardcore Nintendo is with stuff like that, so this video might just be fake.
But god, I hope it's real. This Pokémon looks so cool!
We’d recommend choosing Fuecoco, as this flame-based crocodile will overcome most enemies he faces. But deciding which Pokémon is best for you takes some time and should be taken seriously.
- Zoroark (Hisuian Version)
Dedicated supporters have questioned how they will capture Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet. Most gamers hope that the gameplay mechanics introduced throughout Pokémon: Arceus will formally return to Scarlet and Violet. However, Nintendo hasn’t released any information to suggest those gameplay features are returning.
We’d prefer that Nintendo reintroduce the gameplay features seen in Pokémon: Arceus. It would mean that everyone would have better maneuverability in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Moreover, we would be capable of capturing our Pokémon with 3D In-Game Pokeballs. Now wouldn’t that be something for a mainline game in this franchise? We think so.
Which New Features Are Being Added To Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?
It's rather old features that will be added to the game. Arceus was a wild one. It wasn't the Pokémon game that we're used to. It seems like Nintendo actually listened to some fan feedback because apparently, catching Pokémon will return to the way it was and (as was seen in the trailer anyway) we will get Pokécenters and -shops again.
Thank god. I for one hated the catch-mechanic of Arceus and I hated having a million of the same Pokémon. The immersive feeling was completely gone for me after I saw that.
The Nintendo Company is introducing an updated feature into Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. It’s been confirmed that players can explore the world with three friends. This means we have access to a four-person co-op for the first time in Pokémon’s history.
Everything within the last year suggests that Pokémon is modernizing itself for the younger generations. They want to appeal to the multiplayer component, as these open-world landscapes are perfect for friend-based exploration.
Nobody could’ve imagined Pokémon becoming an open-world multiplayer game on the Nintendo Switch. It’s incredible to think how much has changed within this series throughout the last two months, and everything indicates that those changes aren’t ending anytime soon. We could genuinely witness the evolution of modern-day gaming with Pokémon.
Is Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Getting Released On The Nintendo Store?
Few gamers have chosen to download their games directly to the Nintendo Switch, as they’ve found that purchasing a physical copy of Pokémon is more enjoyable. Moreover, the download sizes involved with installing these games onto your Nintendo Switch are extreme. You’ll run through a massive percentage of your memory card, with some estimating that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet could require 8.5 GB of space.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were 6.7 GB to download, respectively. We would recommend purchasing the physical version for convenience purposes.
Will Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Have Gym Leaders?
It’s expected that this upcoming entry into the Pokémon franchise will continue to utilize the gym leader structure we’ve seen for decades. However, numerous fans are hoping that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will drop the standard system and replace it with something innovative.
Pokémon Sun and Moon introduced “Trial Captains”. It would be incredible to see this feature reintroduced alongside the gameplay mechanics of gym leaders. This would provide Pokémon Scarlet and Violet with an extensive amount of content.
[Update, June 29, 2022]
This isn't exactly about gym leaders, but about the Elite 4. According to SoulSilverArt, a known Nintendo/Pokémon insider/leaker, the Elite 4 will return. This was the tweet he was basing this off:
Another sneak peak! 1st thing is Elite4 99% confirmed to return after not being in Gen8! Also it looks like the Gen9 dex got a lot bigger . "Random"sounds fun too! Then there's the croc(Fuecoco)& chicken pic,which is the next riddle so we are already speculating... pic.twitter.com/VGEyoFPyMp— SoulSilverArt (@soulsilverart) June 25, 2022
If the Elite 4 return, then I'd put all my money on Gym Leaders returning as well.
In that same tweet, SoulSilverArt says that the Gen 9 dex will be a lot bigger. Love to hear that. I'm honestly so looking forward to this game, way more than Arceus. My expectations are way too high, and I will be let down, but hey... what's new.
Differences Between Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Like with all other editions before, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will be different versions of the same game. Usually, what that meant were different edition-exclusive Pokémon and legendaries. This time, however, the story is supposedly different depending on which edition you pick.
Right now, everything points to different professors and different rivals, depending on whether you pick Pokémon Scarlet or Violet. This is a pretty cool change that would definitely give the game a better replay value than simply having edition-exclusive Pokémon.
We’ve been gifted with the standard trailer you would expect from a Pokémon game. We see our main character running off into the distance as professors and rivals are introduced alongside an assortment of Pokémon.
Everything within this trailer suggests that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will maintain the same gameplay structure we’ve seen for nine generations. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing; Pokémon is famous for good reason, right?