Nintendo Confirms Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Will Be Open World

Nintendo Confirms Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Will Be Open World
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Open world for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet? Confirmed.

The announcement of the newest mainline Pokémon titles has fans screaming, crying, throwing up, and gnawing at their nearest drywall. Easy to say, the hype is on. However, the big question on everyone’s lips after the games were announced on this year’s Pokémon Day was simple: is it going to be an open world?

Recent franchise entry Pokémon Legends: Arceus, while having large wild areas for Pokémon to roam around and maybe get turned into bridges in, worked as a semi-open world. There was the main hub of Jubilife Village, and from this hub area, you could fast travel to the other wild areas. This was rather irritating for some players, as the only way to go between areas was to keep travelling back to Jubilife Village and face one loading screen after another.

Thankfully, in a tweet this morning, Nintendo of America has confirmed that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will be fully open world.

This is a welcome relief for many, including myself. While I absolutely loved Pokémon Legends: Arceus for moving away from the regular Pokémon template and allowing for a new experience as a Pokémon researcher, the one thing that got on my nerves was having to constantly go back to Jubilife Village to go literally anywhere else. Heck, even paths to the connecting areas would’ve been a nice extra option. But alas, it wasn’t a game-ruiner. It was just a bit annoying.

In saying that, I do hope that they take a few leaves out of the Pokémon Legends: Arceus book, especially the Pokémon-catching system. While some Pokémon feel like a battle to catch them is warranted, I believe beating the ever-loving shit out of a tiny level 5 creature feels like overkill. So maybe having the option to just catch Pokémon like that would be a welcome change. But hey, that’s just me!

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are scheduled for release in late 2022.


  • If they made this game Pokemon Arceus 2.00 with a proper open world, I’d be perfectly happy with this game even if it only shipped with 250 Pokemon. That formula still has a lot of life left in it and it’s good to see they are adapting things into the non-spinoff games.

    • If Pokémon Legends: Arceus had a proper open world, it would’ve been perfect in my opinion. I still loved it, but that really would’ve put the cherry on top.

  • I love Arceus, the re-zoning doesn’t bother me too much at all, but would be nice to have the areas interconnected.
    I really hope the catch mechanic and the way pokemon behave and appear in the overworld and carried over too. Seeing shinies pop up in the wild without having to engage them is just very exciting, like finding treasure.

  • I didnt get arceus because i PERSONALLY did not like the look of the gameplay loop.
    So im glad the next game has the traits i want, without the gameplay loop of arceus.

    • Just want to add to your comment… I loved Arceus, but the open world goodness aside, I’d absolutely agree a lot of how Arceus works is absolutely NOT good for a ‘proper’ Pokemon battler that the core series games are.

      The sheer speed and number of Pokemon you can catch in Arceus is pure insanity, as is the fact that so many of the battles in Arceus are 1-shot KOs. The damage in Arceus actually feels at times like someone forgot a decimal or something somewhere in the code as you watch your Pokemon get one shot by something 20 levels lower than it. Like sure I get “It’s super-effective!” and all but seriously the damage is just bonkers in Arceus.

      I get WHY Arceus is so speedy though, and I think it absolutely worked for what the game was doing, but I really would not mind at all to see battles return to having a bit more depth and a bit more back and forth like previous games.

        • That is also something I wouldn’t be opposed to. Just given how ‘Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ is titled, I think many fully expect another in the ‘Legends’ series anyway.

          I also kind of hope this is a situation where they can’t put the genie back in the bottle, so to speak, after going more open world. As it can only be a good thing to finally see Game Freak get off their asses and move the series forward, since they’ve spent over 20 years resting on almost exactly the same formula.

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