With Pokemon Scarlet & Violet coming to Switch later this year, many are wondering if it will keep the positive changes added in Legends Arceus or go in a different direction altogether.
Whenever a new mainline Pokemon game is announced, it’s only natural for trainers to compare it to the most recent generation to see how it’s improved and whether their favorite gameplay mechanics will remain or become deleted.
But with the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, the game most players are referring to isn’t 2019’s Sword & Shield, but Legends Arceus, the well-received spin-off title released in January of this year.
While early footage received a mixed response, Pokemon Legends Arceus eventually won gamers over for its addictive gameplay and plenty of quality-of-life updates. In fact, many saw it as a much bigger step forward for the franchise than Sword & Shield was.
As a result, Pokemon fans are wondering if Scarlet & Violet will follow the path laid by Legends Arceus or if it will be more like Sword & Shield. While there are still many unknowns, we know enough to make some early comparisons.
How will Pokemon Scarlet & Violet resemble Legends Arceus?
While Pokemon Scarlet & Violet and Legends Arceus have quite a few differences, most of the basics are the same. You will explore a new region, fill out your Pokedex and compete against other trainers. As usual, one of the biggest goals here is to catch them all.
Another similarity between the games is how you will explore the overworld. In Legends Arceus you can unlock different creatures to fly, swim and climb through different areas. In Scarlet & Violet, your Legendary Pokemon (either Koraidon or Miraidon) will take on all those roles.
Just as there were Hisuian variations of existing Pokemon in Legends Arceus, there will be Paldean variations of creatures like Wooper to discover in the new games. It has also been confirmed that some Hisuain Pokemon like Hisuain Zoroark will return in Scarlet & Violet.
How will Pokemon Scarlet & Violet differ from Legends Arceus?
One of the biggest differences in Scarlet & Violet is that it will be a real open world game. Legends Arceus may have felt like an open world at times, but each area was connected to a central hub via loading screens and you couldn’t freely travel between them.
While the main goal of Legends Arceus was to complete the very first Pokedex, Scarlet & Violet will once again give you the task of defeating Gym Leaders – although there will also be two other storylines to follow, and the game is non-linear , so you can tackle them in any order you want.
When it comes to fighting and catching, it looks like Scarlet & Violet will be more similar to Sword & Shieldbecause Legends Arceus features, such as being able to stalk and catch Pokemon without entering a battle sequence, will not carry over to the Paldea region.
Early footage also seems to confirm that quite a few of the minor quality-of-life updates from Legends Arceus, like the EXP animation appearing outside of battle and the ability to change your Pokemon’s movements in flight, won’t be. be included in Scarlet & Purple.
As for the features brand new to Scarlet & Violet, players can look forward to the Terrastallizing phenomenon that will change the Pokemon’s typing mid-battle, the ability to play co-op with up to four friends, and of course lots of new Pokemon to catch.