Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the next original chapter in the series, touting new Pokémon, exciting boss battles, and lots of customization for the player character. Based on the game’s trailers, fans have posited that the Hisui region is a sprawling open world filled with wintry forests, vast prairies, shimmering coasts, and more. However, screenshots of Legends: Arceus’ map have surfaced, potentially revealing that there might not be an open world to traverse in the first place.
It is coming increasingly clear that Pokémon Legends Arceus may not be full open world but rather segmented open areas like Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Monster Hunter etc. separated into different areas like the Wild Area/Crown Tundra did
I’m fine with this really. pic.twitter.com/llpCUUvQGx
— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) September 30, 2021
Pokémon expert Joe Merrick took to Twitter and posted two images of Legends Arceus’ in-game map. One location, Obsidian Flatlands, is segmented by a green outline that highlights the boundaries of the explorable zone. Once selected, it seems as if we zoom in on the points of interest within that chosen environment. Obsidian Flatlands seems like a relatively large play space – it contains five points of interest – but this could be a sign that each area in the game will serve as a semi-expansive hub (like in Dragon Age or Monster Hunter). Travel from place to place might not be as seamless as we initially thought.
Merrick was okay with this possibility, noting that the separated locations are akin to the Wild Area/Crown Tundra in the recent Sword and Shield entries. And, surprisingly, most commenters shared similar sentiments, hoping that this decision would lead to fewer performance issues and more backdrop detail. One person, however, opined that Braviary’s Fly ability might be rendered useless in these confined settings. We’ll have to wait and see what Game Freak is planning.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus, like the other titles that preceded it, places the player at the forefront of the story. As a new member of Hisui’s Survey Corps, an organization of Pokémon researchers and protectors, you’ll be tasked with exploring every nook and cranny of the region. When you’re not battling your rival or surviving “noble” encounters, you’ll be trekking across Hisui, stopping at the sight of wild pocket monsters to fill your Pokédex.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus launches for Nintendo Switch on January 28.
For more about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, be sure to check out the latest trailer, which includes a new Scyther evolution, and then check out Game Informer’s shot-for-shot breakdown of a trailer released back in August. Watch this trailer for a look at a new Growlithe form after that.
Would you prefer an open-world Pokémon game or a segmented one with large-scale hubs? Let us know in the comments below!