New Pokemon Games Given Release Dates


A few months ago Nintendo livestreamed a video detailing their Pokemon-related plans for the next year or so. One thing they didn’t mention was when the games would be coming out, but as of now, they’ve filled in that detail.

A lot of fans guessed (and hoped) that the next “catch ’em all” release would be a remake of the Sinnoh region (we mean Diamond and Pearl on the DS) and it has been confirmed. The full names are Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, and they’ll contain all the content that was in the 2007 originals, but tweaked to include what Nintendo calls “player-friendly conveniences”(meaning some parts are probably going to be made easier).

The remakes of Diamond and Pearl are not being made by Game Freak, but by ILCA, Inc, the studio that created Pokemon Home…however, Junichi Masuda of Game Freak will be supervising the games in a director’s position. He was also the director of the DS originals.

The other Pokemon game that got a release date is Pokemon Legends: Arceus, which by concidence (or perhaps not) also takes place in the Sinnoh region. However this will be a departure not just from Diamond and Pearl but from the usual conventions of the Pokemon series itself. The trailer implied Arceus is an open-world adventure, something we’ve never seen with Pokemon before (but everyone has wanted). We still know next to nothing beyond that, but at least we have an idea of when we might hear more.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be out November 19, 2021, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus will be released January 28, 2022.