A new trailer for Pokemon Legends: Arceus has given us a new first-person look at the Hisui region and its Pokémon, offering a stunning perspective not previously explored in the main series. With less than a week to go before the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, more details have been released showing the new direction the title will take.
Traditionally, Pokémon games have always had a camera that follows the player from a top down or third person perspective. The only exception to this would be Pokémon Snap games, in which players take photos of Pokémon in the wild. The new Pokémon Snap is lauded for the beauty of the game, and its first-person perspective makes this especially clear. The game serves to demonstrate how a different perspective can change the way a game world is viewed, and how it can provide a new immersion for the player.
The new trailer for Pokemon Legends: Arceus, uploaded by the Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel, shows the trainer running through the Hisui region from a first-person perspective. The Trainer then experiences this perspective through rideable Pokémon like Wyrdeer, Hisuian Braviary, and Basculegion, taking the player through the lush lands and soaring through the skies. The way the perspective is presented in the trailer highlights the world of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and hints at what a full first-person monster-catching adventure could look like.
In the weeks leading up to the game’s release, Pokemon Legends: Arceus It has been leaked in multiple ways, with copies of the game already appearing on auction sites like eBay. The full Pokédex has also been shared online, as well as previously unrevealed Hisuian forms for the game. This has happened for a few generations in Pokémon, as games are often datamined weeks before release. Players trying to avoid spoilers should be very careful to avoid the leaks that are taking place, but for those who accept them, the details are out in the open.
It is still unknown if Pokemon Legends: Arceus will it be playable in first person, or if the trailer is just a creative way to promote the game closer to launch. Although this is the only time the game world has been seen from this perspective, the prospect of finding new ways to highlight the game world is exciting. Despite the usual criticisms of the graphics of modern Pokémon games, it’s hard not to dream of how Pokémon Legends: Arceus and future mainline games could take advantage of this perspective. If first person is possible, it would be yet another new way for Pokémon Legends: Arceus to move the series in a new direction.