Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake: let's find out who is ILCA, developer of the game

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake: let's find out who is ILCA, developer of the game

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake

During the recent Pokémon Presents, The Pokémon Company unveiled the much talked about and anticipated Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake, officially called Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. We also found that development is not Game Freak, but a Japanese studio known as ILCA. Who I am? What did they do? Here are the answers.

ILCA is a Japanese team based in Tokyo. The name means "I Love Computer Art". This is a team that has mostly worked in support of other projects, both regular games and titles for augmented reality, virtual reality and various other projects, such as a Domino's Pizza app linked to Hatsune Miku. ILCA has worked on titles such as Yakuza 0, Dragon Quest XI, NieR: Automata, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and recently also Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. Pokémon Pearl and Diamond Remake, therefore, will be the first major project managed entirely by the team.

ILCA is not new to the world of Pokémon, however. The studio has in fact dealt with the Pokémon HOME app. What can we expect from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake? According to official announcements, "Pokémon Shining Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will allow fans to experience the original story and gameplay mechanics of DS titles in a new way. The original games have been faithfully recreated and artistically revitalized for the Nintendo Switch."

There should also be a series of measures to make the games more accessible, similarly to what has been done with the most recent chapters. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake, we remind you, will arrive at the end of the year. Here are the details on images, starters and legendaries.

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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remakes Announced with a Late 2021 Release Date

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Remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were announced during the latest Pokémon Presents online stream.


The Pokémon Company revealed the new games Friday as Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Both titles are set to release for the Nintendo Switch in late 2021. Check out the trailer below.


As trainers can see from the trailer, the art style is vastly different from Sword and Shield. We liken it to the Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee games, but with some differences. The character models in the overworld definitely have a 'chibi' look to them. However, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will keep its top-down look that fans of the games may be used to from the original Nintendo DS versions.


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These games will be developed by ILCA Inc., the same developers who worked on the Pokémon Home apps for mobile devices and Nintendo Switch. Although the game will be directed by ILCA's Yuichi Ueda, Game Freak's Junichi Masuda will co-direct as well.


Masuda was the director for the original Diamond and Pearl games, so fans of those titles will likely see the same story as those.


Alongside the announcement, Pokemon Legends Arceus, another title set in the Sinnoh region with a release date of early 2022, was revealed. This game will take place long before the Diamond and Pearl games and will give a glimpse into the formation of the region as you are tasked with completing the first Pokedex for Sinnoh.


The original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl introduced the Sinnoh region to the franchise back in 2006 for the Nintendo DS. It introduced more than 100 new Pokémon including a slew of Legendary Pokémon like Dialga, Palkia, Giratina and Arceus.


A third 'enhanced' version of Diamond and Pearl was released two years later, titled Pokémon Platinum. This game shifted the story of the original Diamond and Pearl games slightly to put more of a focus on Giratina. It introduced the Distortion World and gave the franchise new forms for Giratina, Shaymin and Rotom.


Are you excited about the remakes of Diamond and Pearl? Let us know in the comments section.


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