Game Freak has offered us another teaser for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. We already know that exploration will be a major theme in the latest installment of the beloved pocket monster games, but it looks like Scarlet and Violet will bring this element of the Pokémon experience to the fore.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be released on November 18 for Nintendo Switch and promise to bring open-world gameplay to the series on a large scale.
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The latest teaser shows off the Scarlet Book and the Violet Book, each exclusive to their version of the game. Both volumes are accounts of an expedition that passed through the Paldea region long ago. The books are in the care of a scholar named Arven, who is ready to help you on your journey. Pokémon fans, myself included, love knowledge and mystery – and it looks like these books will be bursting with both.
According to the Pokémon website (opens in new tab), “Photographs and sketches of unidentified creatures fill the pages of the Scarlet Book and Violet Book”. The teaser offers a glimpse of two of the mysteries in the books.
In the Scarlet Book, you’ll find a reference to the “Great Tusk”, a monster that “attacked the expedition team… mortally wounded one of the explorers” – grizzly stuff. In the Violet Book, you’ll find “Iron Treads”, a steel behemoth that leaves tracks “stuck into the ground, as if it had scorched the earth”. Like the books themselves, these monsters are both exclusive to the version, but the article implies that there are many more mysteries to uncover in Paldea.
We’re going on a boar hunt
It’s very exciting to see a new Pokémon game make a concerted effort to return to elements of mystery and adventure. It’s part of what made red and blue so iconic in the 90s. If you’re a Pokémon veteran, you’ll remember the curiosity and intrigue that surrounded the legendary Pokémon from the earlier installments of the series.
The legendary birds of Red and Blue – as well as Ho-oh and Lugia of Gold and Silver – had their own dungeons that you had to brave if you wanted to track them down. This was a humble beginning, but the sense of adventure and trepidation I felt when I entered the old power plant to track down Zapdos remains with me to this day. It’s heartwarming to see a possible return to those elements of danger and intrigue that made Pokémon so iconic in the first place.
While Great Tusk and Iron Treads (teased below) aren’t technically legendary Pokémon (unlike the literal motorcycles on the box), the idea of a big, dramatic Pokémon hunt really taps into the fantasy at the core of the game. pocket monster experience.
We already know that Scarlet and Violet are committed to delivering an open-world experience. Once you’ve started your journey, you can swim, drive and slide through Paldea in a way reminiscent of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. If Game Freak can artfully combine this emphasis on exploration with a rich tapestry of captivating Pokémon mysteries to solve, then we could have one of the best Pokémon games in recent memory.
Back to the street where we started
Following in the footsteps of a lost Pokémon expedition makes for a new and interesting plot hook. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual “fight eight Gym Leaders and become a Pokémon champion” routine that Game Freak has relied on for nearly 30 years.
While Scarlett and Violet still offer a Gym Leader-centered story path for players, the fact that it’s accompanied by two other routes is certainly encouraging. Pokémon has long needed a departure from the tried-and-true elements of its traditional formula. Perhaps the hunt for monstrous Pokémon in the Scarlet and Violet books will give us just that.