Pokémon has announced the return of Sinnoh in the upcoming Generation four remakes, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The Pokémon Company announced the new games during its Pokémon Presents livestream on Feb. 26.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 26, 2021
These new games will feature a distinct top-down chibi style akin to the graphics of the original DS games. This distinguishes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl from the more updated 3D style of Sword and Shield. Nevertheless, the games will feature Pokémon’s traditional turn-based battle system.
The new Pokémon Legends: Arceus game was also announced. Interestingly enough, it differs from the remakes as an open world action RPG. ILCA is developing the new Pokémon games. As a result, they are the first main series Pokémon games not developed by Game Freak. However, Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda is one of the directors of the project.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will allow trainers to revisit the Sinnoh region. This region last appeared in Pokémon Platinum in September of 2008. Since then, every major Pokémon region has featured in a main series game except for Sinnoh.
Many Pokémon fans have taken to Twitter to react to the remakes. They have commented on its art style to its competitive potential. While many fans have reacted positively to the news, others have expressed doubts. Many express worries that the quality of these games will match that of the originals.
I thought it was Let’s Go Gen 4 for a few minutes lmao oops
— Aaron "Cybertron" Zheng (@CybertronVGC) February 26, 2021
Listen I know everyone is excited about Legends Arceus but I just want to say I'm pretty sure there's no dynamax in BD/SP which means dynamax will never be on stage at the Pokémon World Championships and we should all celebrate that
— sasha (@YureeVGC) February 26, 2021
The BIGGEST thing to me is that they're finally using multiple studios for Pokémon main series games!
More studios mean they can release more often, but with more Dev time per game.
Absolutely crazy announcements
— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) February 26, 2021
Thank you GameFreak for ruining the chance to make really amazing DP/P remakes 🙂
Remember, every game that comes out now is dogshit 🙂
Remember, we will never have a good looking gen 4 remake in our lives 🙂
Remember, Pokemon will never be good again 🙂
— Moist | Aaron (@AaronFGC) February 26, 2021
As of yet, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl do not have a confirmed release date. They will launch on Nintendo Switch later this year.