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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon’s story trailer is dramatic as hell

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These games are the Pokémon soap opera we never knew we needed

We already know that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, the series’ upcoming pair of Nintendo 3DS games, plunges the series into darkness. A very, very intense story trailer released this week puts a much finer point on just how dark things will get, however.

The tagline is “This isn’t the Alola you thought you knew,” and that may be an understatement. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon return players to the tropical region, which has since been robbed of all of its light. The mysterious legendary monster Necrozma has something to do with it, as do the even stranger Ultra Beasts. It’s up to Pokémon trainers — and some familiar faces from last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon, like Lillie and Island Master Hala — to help restore the region to its former state.

It’s clear that darkness is central to the new games, especially after watching this extremely dramatic trailer. Pokémon has rarely been known for its stories, but Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon appear to follow in the tradition set by their predecessors by going heavy on the narrative. And this narrative, clearly, gets intense. An interview in this week’s Famitsu even suggests that the script for these games is twice as long as that of Sun and Moon, which were already far more dialogue-filled than previous Pokémon games.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon launch Nov. 17.