On Pokémon Day 2022, all the way back in February, a special animated series involving the Hisui region featured in Pokémon Legends: Arceus was teased, although little more beyond the announcement was shown at the time.
Today, Pokémon has released a lot more information about this upcoming three-episode web series—titled Pokémon: Hisuian Snow—with the first episode launching on May 18, 2022 exclusively on the official Pokémon YouTube channel alongside Pokémon TV. The remaining two episodes will be released at a later date.
The trailer, shown above, showcases several new characters, the ability to change your clothes and take photographs in Jubilife Village, as well as another entirely new Pokémon that evolves from an existing one. You can also ride on certain Pokémon to make traversing the expansive region even easier by using an item received in the game, the Celestica Flute.
Today’s Pokémon Presents video also revealed a whole bunch of information, details, and gameplay footage for early next year’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus, including two all-new evolutions of existing Pokémon and exclusive Hisuian Forms of a few other existing Pokémon.
While it was previously confirmed that the game took place far in the past in the Sinnoh region, it turns out that the region had a different name back then: the Hisui region (pronounced like “he-SU-ee”, according to the video), and there are certain regional forms of Pokémon in that region—forms that, from the seems of things, eventually died out entirely in the modern day world and Sinnoh region.
Players will not just have to battle against wild Pokémon in the region, but survive against them, as they can attack the player and if the player sustains too much damage they will be sent back to their most recent base camp—an interesting mechanic, as the player may be incentivized to sneak up on Pokémon.
Of course, the player can still battle these wild foes by using their own Pokémon, although the battle system is a bit different from the main series games, as there are two attack styles: the Strong Style and the Agile Style. Pokémon’s Speed determines not just who acts first, but also can give faster Pokémon multiple turns to attack with, especially if they go for an Agile Style move instead of a Strong Style one. It’s an interesting change to the tried-and-true formula.
Today, the release dates for the upcoming Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch have been revealed—not just Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but also Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are set for a worldwide release on November 19, 2021. You won’t have to wait for long after that, though, for Legends: Arceus; while it was initially slated for an “Early 2022” release, it turns out they meant that quite literally—it will be released worldwide on January 28, 2022.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a new game in the Pokémon series, set in the Sinnoh region’s past, long before it had become widely settled by humans. Only one small settlement of people appear to be in the Sinnoh region in this game, and you’ll be able to explore the region in its earlier days in this Action RPG take on a Pokémon game, planned for a worldwide release in early 2022.