Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an open-world RPG coming to the Switch

From The Verge: At a special live-streamed event today, The Pokémon Company revealed something fans having been waiting a long time for: an open-world Pokémon adventure. The next major entry in the franchise will be called Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and it looks to be a huge evolution of the long-running RPG formula.

The story takes place in the Sinnoh region, at a period that appears to be long before other Pokémon games, and will include a number of iconic monsters like Piplup, with your choice of starters including Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil. It’s expected to launch worldwide on the Switch in early 2022.

At the same event, the company also revealed upcoming remakes of classics Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, which will also be coming to the Switch.

The last major Pokémon release was Sword and Shield on the Switch, which debuted in 2019 and was followed by several expansions. Those games also introduced an open-world-like region called the Wild Area, hinting at this next evolution. Also on the way is a League of Legends-style multiplayer game, called Pokémon Unite, which is going into open beta in March (in Canada, at least), as well as a new version of the beloved Pokémon Snap.

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