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Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus) is a Generation VIII game taking place in the Sinnoh region, long before the events of Diamond and Pearl. The game is set to release worldwide in early 2022.
- The game appears to be fully open world rather than having set routes, similar to the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- The player is able to choose from three Starter Pokémon found by a Pokémon Professor traveling throughout regions, each originating from a different previous installment in the mainline Pokémon games. These Pokémon are Rowlet from the Alola region, Cyndaquil from the Johto region, and Oshawott from the Unova region.
- The setting is that of feudal Sinnoh, taking place many years ago when it was largely made up of untouched nature and there were little settlements.
- The player can observe Pokémon behaviors and sneak up on Pokémon in order to catch them as an alternative to battling them.
- There are new movement options such as rolling (presumably for movement).
- Pokémon battles are now seamless, having no transition, and take place in real time.
- Just like previous installments, there is a day and night cycle.
The story of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is currently largely unknown. However, the Mythical Pokémon Arceus is set to play a role in the game's story.
- It was announced on February 26, 2021 on Pokémon's 25th Anniversary.
- This is the first mainline installment to:
- Have real-time battles and seamless transitions.
- Not have any new Starter Pokémon while also not being a remake of a previous installment.
- It is also the first mainline game to have each Starter Pokémon from a different region rather than all of them originating in the same region.
- It is also the first mainline installment since Pokémon Gold and Silver to return to a region from a previous generation without being a remake.
- The player characters closely bear resemblance to Lucas and Dawn, which could possibly mean that they are their ancestors.
- During the reveal, much of the art shown is in a traditional Japanese shodō style, including the art of the Starter Pokémon. The "Arceus" in the title is also written in this distinctive style.
- The open world environments are somewhat similar to those in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- The game's logo has the same colors as the logo for Pokémon 4Ever.