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Pokémon Legends Arceus: Release date, trailer, gameplay and latest news on the Pokémon prequel

Get ready to do some catching in 2022!

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The developers at Game Freak, the long-running custodians of the Pokémon RPG franchise, are set to launch a bold new game next year – Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a prequel to all the Pokémon games that have come before, and it looks like it could be a real game-changer for the franchise.

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Blending action-packed gameplay with the franchise’s well-established RPG mechanics, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will task you with exploring beautiful environments as well as sneaking, dodging and battling as you try to catch critters old and new.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in the ancient history of the Sinnoh region, at a time when it was called the Hisui region, and it will see players compiling the area’s very first Pokédex. You’ll work with a group called The Galaxy Team and encounter unique local versions of Pokémon such as Growlithe and Braviary.

If that all sounds pretty exciting to you, chances are that you’ll want to learn all the essential information about Pokémon Legends: Arceus as its release date nears. To swot up, then, read on!

Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date

The good news is that 2022 is nowhere near as far away as it seems and Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be releasing very early into the year – the release date for Pokémon Legends: Arceus has been set for 28th January 2022. So once Christmas is out of the way, the final countdown will begin!

Can I pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

You sure can pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus! All the usual places to buy your AAA games should have it in stock. So that includes GAME who have it for £49.99 and Amazon who currently have it listed a tad cheaper at £44.99. We’ll keep an eye out for any deals that may be announced in the lead up to the game’s release.

Don’t forget that when you pre-order, you get the game at the cheapest price it drops to before launch, so it is well worth reserving your copy ahead of time.

Which platforms and consoles can play Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

In news that should come as a surprise to nobody, you will need to be the proud owner of a Nintendo Switch if you want to play this – that’s because Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released exclusively on Nintendo Switch consoles, much like every other AAA Pokémon release since that console was launched.

We’d expect the game’s luscious landscapes to look particularly good on the incoming Nintendo Switch OLED Model, but it’ll also work on older Switch models as well as the Switch Lite. If you don’t have a Switch yet, you might want to keep an eye out for Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals – with that mega discount day coming around quickly, it may well be your cheapest way to snare a Switch prior to the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus gameplay

Nintendo’s Pokémon Presents live stream in August 2021 provided heaps of new details regarding Pokémon Legends: Arceus gameplay, and some of these details are major changes to the franchise’s pre-established formula. You can watch the relevant segment of that live stream in the video embedded here:

In terms of gameplay changes, there will be more action elements here than you’ve ever seen in one of these games before, with the player-character physically having to dodge attacks from enraged Pokémon with red eyes – these wild encounters look something like JRPG boss battles, which is certainly a change from the norm.

As you journey around the Hisui region (a prototype version of the Sinnoh region from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl), you’ll be able to catch wild Pokémon and partake in a fresh form of battles.

Breaking from the tradition of totally turn-based bouts, here there will be an extra element of tactics in your battles – you can choose between Agile Style and Strong Style attacks. Agile moves might allow you to attack multiple times in quick succession, but Strong Style moves will do greater damage in a single blow.

You main goal will be compiling a Pokédex, but that’s not all you’ll be doing – it also looks like you’ll be picking up survey/research tasks for a number of characters. These jobs, almost like side missions, will require you to observe certain behaviour or catch specific critters.

There will also be changes to the Pokéballs, with the one seen here now being made of wood, and a successful catch will see them blowing out steam and old-school fireworks instead of the usual sparkles.

As for your starter Pokémon, you can pick from Rowlet, Cyndaquil and Oshawott – that is a first for the main games, as they are three Pokémon which all come from different generations and regions. In a lot of ways, then, this will be a fresh take on what a Pokémon RPG can do.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer

Yep, there is indeed a trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and it sets the tone nicely for this unique prequel to the Pokémon RPG series! And if you want to watch that trailer for yourself, here it is for your viewing pleasure!

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