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Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks to evolve the classic Pokémon experience in 2022

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The new game will let you explore the Sinnoh region like never before, but you'll have to wait a bit.

Today's Pokémon Direct included the surprise reveal of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a brand new Pokémon game set within the familiar Sinnoh region. This is a Pokémon experience not entirely like any you've seen before it, though, and you shouldn't expect to get your hands on it until sometime next year.

According to a press release, Pokémon Legends: Arceus "was developed with the desire to deliver an experience infused with new action and RPG elements that go beyond the framework established thus far, while honoring the core gameplay of past Pokémon titles."

Looking at the limited footage currently available for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, it does look an awful lot like the sort of thing people were extremely vocal about wanting from the franchise as they criticized Pokémon Sword and Shield for perceived shortcomings.

Players will explore a beautifully realized world, complete with vistas that look like something out of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In stead of hunting down Ganon, however, they'll sneak up on wild Pokémon and attempt to catch them with well-timed Poké Ball tosses. This then leads to traditional turn-based battles, with previously captured Pokémon serving as allies.

Trainers embarking on their quest to create the regions first Pokédex can choose one of three starters: Rowlet (grass), Cyndaquil (fire) or Oshawott (water). The Legendary Pokémon of the moment is Arceus, which gives you an idea how the game got its title.

2022 suddenly feels a long way off, but it's nice to know something new and exciting is on its way within the Pokémon universe. If you would like to learn more about the game, make sure you check out the official Pokémon Legends: Arceus site and watch the first trailer. Are you ready to catch 'em all, trainer?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (February 26, 2021)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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