A few days ago The Pokémon Company unveiled a new trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The footage gave us a further glimpse of the Game Freak title’s peculiarities, which seems so far removed from its predecessors, reinforcing the idea that we could be looking at a game of fundamental importance for the future of the series.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is finally something new and different. It takes the conceptual foundations of the franchise, but experiments and dares a lot. First and foremost with an open world that looks vast and places a strong emphasis on exploration with the trusty Pokémon, delighting millions of fans. But the boldest innovations undoubtedly concern the combat system.
Say goodbye to virtual arenas, fight on the spot, just toss in the Poké Ball with one of your trusty allies inside, and it’s on. There’s also no more alternating rounds, now there’s a real order of action, with faster Pokémon might even pull off two moves in a row. Add to that the new Quick and Powerful Techniques, which could bring a deep new strategic component to battles. In short, Pokémon Legends: Arceus already promises to bring more novelties than any other chapter in the main series and to change a game formula that is perhaps starting to get a little stale.
In all this, it’s a little surprising that the attention of a large proportion of users is focused on the technical side. Obviously, the eye wants its part too, and undoubtedly Pokémon Legends: Arceus doesn’t shine in terms of graphics, and even the animations leave a lot to be desired, although the developers still have several months to iron out the imperfections. But is it right to focus so much on graphics when we could be looking at a revolution in the Pokémon franchise?
Pokémon Legends: Arceus has been perceived as a spin-off since its announcement, but it was never presented as such. In fact, with the latest trailer, we got the feeling that it’s more of an appetizer for what might come next. In some ways it’s a brave project that dares to experiment, offering interesting mechanics, some of which fans of the series have been asking for. An incubator of ideas, a playground for GameFreak’s developers, where they can take the concept behind the franchise and play with its rules. If this is the case, Pokémon Legends: Arceus could prove to be one of the most important titles in the entire series, and we wouldn’t be surprised if future projects inherit some of the innovations we’ll see in January.
Big graphics and cool animations will have to wait. Game Freak has moved to Nintendo HQ, which we’re sure will bring great benefits over time, but after all, not even a year has passed since then. However, the future of the series, the one that matters at least, may already be in the offing and could give us a glimpse of how the Pokémon franchise will evolve over the next few years.