If you’re tired of the age-old Pokemon tradition of grinding Gym Leaders, defeating an evil, villainous team and then besting the Elite Four, you’re in luck – Pokemon Legends: Arceus doesn’t just rewrite the Pokemon rule book… it throws it out the window all together. For its latest open world epic, Game Freak is taking us back in time – back to an era where Sinnoh was known as Hisui – and its making some serious changes to the Pokemon formula we’ve all come to know and love over the last three decades.
The name of the game in Pokemon Legends: Arceus is discovery; as a young researcher, your job is to catalog the Pokemon of the historical region and build the very first Pokedex. To gather all the necessary data, you’ll need to travel far and wide – searching every corner of Hisui in order to document the local flora and fauna with the help of a diverse cast of characters that look suspiciously like some of the big players from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
If that all sounds like a departure from the cosy, predictable Pokemon games you’ve been playing for the last 26 years, that’s because it is. The Pokemon Company’s chief operating officer, Takato Utsunomiya, has categorically said that “Pokemon Legends: Arceus represents a new approach for the Pokemon video game series” and the the developer wants to break “new ground” with this title.