Pokemon Legends: Arceus – One to watch for 2022

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is coming up soon in January 2022, and even though it’s coming out earlier in the year, I definitely think it’s one to keep an eye on for 2022. This is the Sinnoh region long ago when it was known as the Hisui region, plus this looks like it’s going to be one of the most ambitious Pokemon games to date.

We’ve had a couple of trailers from Nintendo and so far the game looks like a cross between Pokemon Sword and Shield, Monster Hunter, and Breath of the Wild. I don’t think it’s going to be totally open world like Breath of the Wild is, it could be much more like Monster Hunter where you have a base and then you venture out and hunt Pokemon.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the next mainline entry in the Pokemon series and the follow-up to Sword and Shield. The Pokemon Company has promised to take the game in “a bold new direction”, which is exciting news for fans. When the first trailers came out it looked like it was going to be straight up Breath of the Wild, but in Pokemon firm, but the Pokemon Company have since clarified their position with it being more like Monster Hunter plus some open-world elements. This is going to be an interaction towards the full open-world Pokemon that fans seemingly want, but it’s probably not going to be this entry.

The Pokemon Company said this to Kotaku

“In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Jubilife Village will serve as the base for surveying missions. After receiving an assignment or a request and preparing for their next excursion, players will set out from the village to study one of the various open areas of the Hisui region. After they finish the survey work, players will need to return once more to prepare for their next task. We look forward to sharing more information about exploring the Hisui region soon.”

In regards to the story, Arceus takes us back to the Sinnoh region, which was the setting for the Diamond and Pearl 4th Generation of games. However, it’s not yet the Sinnoh region, it’s long before that and called Hisui. Here we get to create the very first Pokedex of the region. The trailer does leave clues for this story, even saying humans and pokemon are yet to live side-by-side. The trailer describes the Hisui region as “a tale of a time long ago when the lives of Pokemon and humans were still separate”.

It’s our job to create the very first Sinnoh Pokedex, so we have to go out there and discover, watch and catch the Pokemon of the region and be part of the Galaxy team’s Survey. The game is set long before the original Diamond and Pearl, so we get to check out older ecosystems and what will become the Sinnoh setting in the future. For fans of the Diamond and Pearl games, there are bound to be a few hidden easter eggs in here. In terms of the terrain, we have mountains, seas, and beaches including the famous Mount Coronet.

Jubilife village is going to be our main base where the Galaxy expedition team is set up. We’ll use this as our little hub, then venture out to track down new Pokemon species. The Galaxy team has various members in the region including leaders of the Medical, Security, and Survey Corps in Hisui and we’ll meet them along the way. Captain Cyllene is the leader of the Survey Corps and she’s a big fan of ours. Commander Komado looks after the Galaxy expedition team and wants you to join the team.

Gameplay looks like it’s been changed up in many positive ways in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. There’s the standard catching and battling Pokemon of course, but this expands the experiment of the Wild Area from Sword and Shield into the main game, rather than a cornered region. Gamefreak, the developers behind the game, said of the project “Pokemon Legends: Arceus represents a new approach for the series”. You can head out on research missions to observe the Pokemon in their natural habitat, and you can take up survey assignments in Jubilife village.

Excursions start in the village, but you’ll start out in base camp where you can buy materials and items to help you on the hunt. In terms of hunting Pokemon, given you can now see them out in the wild rather than randomly coming across them in the long grass, you can sneak up on them, either battle them or catch them from behind. Pokemon will react in different ways with regards to how you hunt them, so you can use the environment to sneak up on them if you want.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is introducing move styles to the game too. For example, when you start a battle you can choose between Strong and Agile styles, both have different effects. The strong style will increase the power, but slow you down whereas Agile will increase the speed, but lower the power of the move.

Arceus also has their own versions of Galarian Pokemon which includes Hisuian variants. We’ve seen in one of the trailers new Pokemon variants and evolutions, and you can find out loads more on the Pokemon Legends website. Also, you can ride these new Pokemon.

In terms of the starter Pokemon, GameFreak is switching it up again but offering up different starter Pokemon from different generations. Cyndaquil from Gen 2, Oshawott from Gen 5, and Rowlet from Gen 7.

Finally, there’s the name Arceus. It’s pretty important to the story overall. This is a Pokemon that’s said to have shaped all there is in the world. This Normal-Type Pokemon was first introduced during Gen 4, and could be found in Diamond and Pearl by playing the Azure Flute in the Hall of Origin.

That wasn’t an item that could be found in the game organically, but rather was released as an event-exclusive item, players have been on quite the journey to actually get the Mythical beast in their games at the time.

It was then known as “The Original One”, and is even thought to be the Pokemon that created the Sinnoh region, if not the Pokemon universe itself, including a whole host of other mythical Pokemon such as the lake guardians and the creation trio.