As we’re within two months of the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the success of the previous installment of the franchise.
It’s hard to believe it has been over half a year since Pokémon Legends: Arceus came out. I lucked out and happened to be stuck in bed sick the weekend it released and binged the game in three days.
Why did this game seem to be such a win with the fans of the franchise? The description The Pokémon Company International gave has the answer.
Players will embark on an adventure to help complete the region’s first Pokédex by catching, surveying, and researching the wild Pokémon that live there. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, the Hisui region is unlike anything Trainers have experienced before.The Pokémon Company International
There are two key reasons why the game did so well.
1) It was different than the other games in the franchise which provided a new and refreshing change of pace for long-time players.
Let’s be honest, the franchise has been monotonous for years. Games change the name of the regions and towns and change out some Pokémon, but the same basic structure is there.
Arceus switched things up. The format was completely different and fans were drawn to that.
2) Pokémon Legends Arceus gave us a taste of an open-world Pokémon game.
I loved being able to roam free and take things at my own pace. There were side things to do, and areas to explore. It was a completely different game.
With Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, It sounds like The Pokémon Company is building on things that worked with Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The results look very promising.
Did you love Pokémon Legends: Arceus as much as I did? Please, share your reactions in the comments below.