Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet: Release date, gameplay, and more

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will launch soon  (Nintendo)
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will launch soon (Nintendo)

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the new additions to the massively popular franchise’s main video-game series, are inbound for the Nintendo Switch.

Players can expect new colourful creatures, Pokémon professors, and an open-world gameplay experience for up to four players.

Here’s all you need to know about the latest entries in the long-running RPG.

When are Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet released?

Both games arrive on November 18. You can pre-order the digital version of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet directly from the Nintendo store for £50 each, or via the eShop on the Nintendo Switch.

A dual-pack steel-book edition featuring both games will be available at a later date online and at retailers.

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet gameplay details

Apart from the new Pokémon and professors, the biggest change you can expect in terms of how the games actually play is a true open-world to explore after the more segmented nature of predecessor Project Arceus.

You can go it alone or try out four-player multiplayer, traversing the new Paldea region – a sprawling landscape replete with urban areas, mountains, lakes, and wastelands – with your buddies in tow.

Keep your eyes peeled for our full review dropping soon to find out our thoughts on the latest entry in the beloved series.

Any new Pokémon?

As for the new Pokémon, a bunch has slowly been revealed in each trailer for the games, including the clip that landed today.

Notably, there are three new starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, and two new legendary Pokémon: Koraidon and Miraidon.

We’ve also seen the ghost puppy Pokémon Greavard and the coin-collecting Gimmighoul, among others.

A trainer flying in the new game (Nintendo)
A trainer flying in the new game (Nintendo)

What are the key differences between Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet?

While the main story and gameplay of the two titles is the same, there are some major differences between Scarlet and Violet. These largely entail different main character appearances, which encompass scarlet-themed or violet-themed uniforms, depending on the game you choose. There are also different professors for each title: Professor Sada for Scarlet and Professor Turo for Violet.

As is the norm in the series, there are also unique creatures in each game. This feature is designed to encourage players to trade with each other in order to complete their collections.

From the info released so far, the Pokémon Scarlet version exclusives currently include Armarouge, Koraidon, Stonjourner, Larvitar, Pupitar, and Tyranitar.

While the Pokémon Violet version exclusives we’ve seen are Miraidon, Eiscue, Ceruledge, Bagon, Shelgon, and Salamence.

Today’s trailer also showed off Great Tusk (Pokémon Scarlet) and Iron Treads (Pokémon Violet).

In addition, legendary Pokémon Koraidon will be a Scarlet exclusive and Miraidon a Violet exclusive. These creatures can transform to enable you to travel across land, sea, and air faster.