POKEMON Legends: Arceus is the first open world game in the series and things are going to be very different for veterans of the franchise.
Set in the Hisui region, Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ new playstyle naturally draws comparisons to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus release date and time
Pokemon Legends: Arceus launches worldwide on Friday, January 28.
Fans can pick it up for the Nintendo Switch, and the title is compatible with all three models.
So whether you’re playing the portable Switch Lite, hybrid Nintendo Switch, or upgraded Nintendo Switch OLED, you won’t miss a thing.
If you buy a digital copy, you should be able to start playing at 9 PM PT on January 27 according to Nintendo’s official support page for game launch times.
It’s 12 p.m. ET / 5 a.m. GMT on January 28, so if you’ve taken the time to play, you can start very early.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus preload and file size
Pokemon Legends: Arceus leaked ahead of release, and while there are spoilers doing the rounds, there’s also some useful information.
In this case, the file size, which is would have 6 GB; but keep in mind that there may be a day on the patch that will increase this a bit.
You can also preload Pokemon Legends: Arceus right now, so you don’t have to wait for launch day.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus story and gameplay
Set in the Hisui region, Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place during a period before people caught and trained Pokemon.
The area would eventually come to be known as Sinnoh, which fans of the show will know.
As a member of the Galaxy Expedition Team, you will explore the areas around your base of operations – Jubilife Village.
As with other games in the series, you have to go and search pokemon for the Pokedex.
But given that this is happening a long time ago, this research will need to be much deeper.
In addition to exploring, you’ll be called upon to investigate “frenzied” pokemon that are causing havoc.
With no Elite Four or Pokemon League to work on, the story will look very different for longtime fans.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Starter Pokémon
As is tradition in the Pokemon series, pokemon will get special Hisui forms.
The three starters, Cyndaquil, Rowlet and Oshawott will also benefit from further evolutions of the Hisuian final form.
The three usually evolve into Typhlosion, Decidueye, and Samurott.
But Nintendo has teased their swanky new silhouettes which you can check out below.
“You may have encountered Dartrix, Quilava, and Dewott in your other adventures,” Nintendo says in the comments to the YouTube video.
“But you never encountered the evolutions of their Hisui region.”
Of course, with the leaks circulating, all three have already been revealed.
If you want the surprise to be spoiled, you can consult this tweet from @LioOneMorePixel to take a look at.
Check out the Pokemon Legends: Arceus pre-order guide for more on where to pick up the game.
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