Pokémon Presents showcases ambitious changes to the formula in ‘Pokémon Legends Arceus’.
The Pokémon Presents showcase that aired Aug. 18 — the longest live-stream presentation ever shown by The Pokémon Company at a whopping 28 minutes — wasted no time updating fans on progress with the franchise’s upcoming mainline games, “Brilliant Diamond” and “Shining Pearl,” as well as “Pokémon Legends Arceus,” the hotly anticipated “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”-like a reimagining of a game. The “Brilliant Diamond” and “Shining Pearl” updates mostly showed off new graphics, with the game sporting a combination of chibi-styled characters for the overworld map and more fleshed out models akin to the “Sword” and “Shield” designs for battles.
The showcase also revealed that beloved features such as the Pokémon Underground and Contests would be returning.
Pokémon Underground is a mining area players can access at any moment outside in the overworld map where
players can mine for items, find particular Pokémon and build their own underground base.
Contests eschew normal battles in favor of dress-up and talent-based competitions.
These modes have additional perks as well, like a new method to capturing Pokémon by placing certain statues in your underground bases.
‘Pookémon Legends Arceus’ is the game mainline Pokémon fans have been begging for.
The true star of the show, however, was “Pookémon Legends Arceus,” an open-world game featuring mechanics that fans tired of the typical formula have been begging for.
The update showed new gameplay, which included a combination of “Pookémon Go” mechanics with mainline battle mechanics.
Players are tasked with completing the very first-ever Pokedex of the Sinnoh region, known as the Hisui region in
ancient times, after choosing a starter Pookémon between Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet.
By sneaking up on Pookémon in tall grass and dodging enemy attacks (while countering with your own Pookemon’s
attacks), players can catch entirely new unique to the region.