Pokemon Scarlett and Violet Announced, Gen 9 Launching in 2020
Nintendo and Game Freak have released Pokemon scarlet and Violet as the following entries in the main RPG series. It launches for Switch late this year.
This morning’s Pokemon Presents saw a brief preview that closed the show. It included an announcement not on my Pokemon stream Bingo lists, with a Generation 9 reveal. Scarlett and Violet seem to be inspired by recent open-world iterations, such as Sword, Shield, this year’s Arceus Legends. At the same time, The Pokemon Company calls it another evolutionary step in the series’ open-world formula.
Trainers are introduced to their three starting mon options in the reveal footage. Generation 9 will see you travel with Sprigatito, the Grass Cat Pokemon, Fuecoco the Fire Croc Pokemon, and Quaxly the Duckling Pokemon. Key art is available now, and they are all precious, sweet baby Pokemon, so there won’t be any griefing (but take a look at that grass angel).
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Game Freak’s next RPG uses Pokemon Home, a collection and transfer service that allows trainers to keep their mons together. TPC’s official press release includes a note that confirms that there won’t be a National Pokedex. Only Pokemon in Scarlet or Violet are available. They will not be transferable to Generation 9 games.
In 2019, the last major Pokemon RPG was launched with Shield and Sword. Game Freak soon followed this up with Legends Arceus in January 2022. Although we’ve seen the studio release a few games each year, it seems like two open-world games with this scope within a year is a lot.