Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: the reveal was not advertised "due to the world situation"

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: the reveal was not advertised due to the world situation

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The Pokémon Company said it deliberately limited the publicity of yesterday's Pokémon Presents, the event in which Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were announced, out of respect for "global hearing" and later "events that are happening around the world. and those involved ". In practice, although it is not mentioned, the reference to the war between Russia and Ukraine is clear.

As some of you may have noticed, the Pokémon Presents of February 2022 was not massively advertised by the social channels of Nintendo and The Pokémon Company in recent days, especially in Europe and North America. As we learn from the statements of a spokesperson for The Pokémon Company released to Nintendo Everything, in reality it is not a case, but rather a very specific choice due to the current world situation.

"We wish to be sensitive to the world events that are happening right now and to those involved," says The Pokémon Company PR.

"The Pokémon could not be postponed Presents we had planned. Out of respect for our global audience, we have decided to significantly reduce the promotion of the event by giving fans the opportunity to tune in if they so wish. "

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, a Pikachu The Pokémon Company could not postpone the event until a later date, as many of the announcements made were related to the anniversary of the series. In any case, having at least limited the promotion demonstrates the sensitivity of the company towards this delicate situation, which has not left even the videogame industry indifferent.

In our small way, we at geekinco have also decided to support the Ukrainian people by donating all subscriptions to the Twitch channel to the Red Cross.

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet trailer analysis

Hot off the heels of Pok√©mon Legends: Arceus, Game Freak has already announced the next two mainline games in the Pok√©mon series: Pok√©mon Scarlet & Violet. 

While the trailer was packed full of details about the region and new starters, a lot of what we can expect from Gen 9 was left up to the imagination. Fortunately, we’re complete and utter weirdos who watched the entire trailer four times at 0.25x speed. That was on our day off, by the way — we watched it another couple of times when we started work this morning.

With all of that said, let’s talk about the trailer in laborious detail. No, no — it will be fun. We promise.

When yesterday’s trailer kicked off, we were convinced we were seeing the first official confirmation of Detective Pikachu 2. Even though Ryan Reynolds isn’t supposed to be a tiny electric squirrel anymore, it felt as if Pok√©mon’s mascot was about to pop out of hiding to uncharacteristically complain about a demonic hangover any second. The dark building; the lone police officer; the bone-chilling tension of the slow inching through lurching shadows. 

Nope — as it turns out, this is where Game Freak’s office is. And plot twist: Game Freak’s office is haunted.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Not really, but it is deserted for some reason. Among the various paraphernalia scattered throughout the room are ceramic pots, gold bars, and dusty old tomes that could very well have belonged to one Professor Laventon at some time or another. The point is that the isolation of this place is directly contrasted with the hyper-stylish cadence and lighting of the video itself, which is why the Gen 9 reveal — even after seeing “Game Freak” plastered across the wall — hit pretty damn hard for a show-stopper that should have been predictable. 

So, let’s get the tinfoil hats out. There’s a map on the wall of the Game Freak office that looks suspiciously like the Iberian Peninsula, meaning the southwestern European region comprising Spain and Portugal. Further evidence that this is the new basis for Pok√©mon’s next setting can be seen in the Gothic architecture of the unnamed region’s cities, resembling Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. 

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet map

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet map

There is, at one point in the trailer, a section where a clock starts to go a bit berserk. We’re convinced it stops at the numbers nine, two, two, and two, making for a 9/2/22 pattern that could narrow down its ‘late 2022’ release window. That being said, we’re also aware there’s a chance that having watched this video at least six times has made us see things that aren’t there. We may behave bizarrely, but at least we can recognize that fact.

Anyway! After we get a look at some of the opening areas — which include roving plains, tranquil lakes, and sprawling deserts — we get to see some of the Pok√©mon themselves. It’s worth noting that a significant number of the Pok√©mon shown here are also catchable in Legends: Arceus. Given how aesthetically similar the two games are, this makes sense — Game Freak has already done a lot of the work for how these ‘mons behave in the overworld and in battle, so it only seems natural to include at least some of them again here. The Pok√©mon guaranteed to be returning so far are Pikachu, Starly, Petilil, Psyduck, Combee, Drifloon, Blissey, Magnemite, Lucario, and Hisuian Zoroark, the last of whom apparently isn’t extinct anymore. Cool cool.  

Meanwhile, other ‘mons including Hoppip, Bounsweet, Meowth, Stonjourner, Clauncher, Pelipper, Swablu, Seviper, and Larvitar also appear in the trailer, while the existence of a Dratini fountain implies that the Dragonite family are knocking about, too. Accounting for evolutions, this puts the total number of Pok√©mon in Gen 9 so far as 55 — that is, if we include the inevitable three forms of each of our new starters. 

Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly

Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly

Shortly after yesterday’s trailer debuted, we were introduced to Pok√©mon Scarlet & Violet’s three starter Pok√©mon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. The Internet has already collectively decided that all of these babies must be protected at all costs — especially Sprigatito, who is unequivocally the best one.

Let’s look at these three little guys in more detail. Sprigatito, known as the “Grass Cat Pok√©mon,” is apparently an attention-seeker; Fuecoco, the “Fire Croc Pok√©mon,” is supposed to be much more laid back; and Quaxly, the “Duckling Pok√©mon,” is an “earnest and tidy” bird who looks like Donald Duck crossed with Waluigi. Look, its hat has a ‘W’ on it that is probably supposed to represent a wave. Let us have this one thing, yeah?

So far we know very little about these ‘mons, but we did learn about their abilities: Overgrow, Blaze, and Torrent. While that is a bit annoying — how boring! — there’s a chance they might get more interesting abilities after they evolve. After all, if they grow up to be a Big Cat, a fire-breathing alligator, and some kind of monster duck, chances are they’ll pack pretty formidable punches.

That’s pretty much it for now. There are other things in the trailer that people could definitely read into, although a lot of the speculation beyond what’s written here plays fast and loose with evidence or a lack thereof. We know we’ve got at least 55 Pok√©mon confirmed for a region based on Spain with starters that are objectively better than the Galarian trio. That’s enough for now, right? 

Oh, and the clock thing. If this comes out on Sep. 2, 2022, everyone who said we were wrong has to eat Quaxly’s hat. Unless it’s actually part of its head, in which case… ok, you can just tell us we’re geniuses and move on. See you in six months!

Written by Cian Maher on behalf of GLHF.