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DokeV is an open-world adventure that feels like Pokémon meets Splatoon

A new creature-collecting game announced from Pearl Abyss

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

There are plenty of video games where you collect creatures, but there’s not much that looks quite like DokeV, a new open-world adventure game from developer Pearl Abyss. Instead, the game looks like a mashup of a bunch of other game elements, like Monster Hunter, Pokémon, and even Splatoon.

A four-minute trailer at Gamescom 2021 showcased the DokeV’s crowded city world and a few other settings. Throughout it, cartoon children zoom around on skateboards, rollerblades, and gliders; fight in chaotic battles with absolutely bizarre, colorful weapons; and ride creatures that look like llamas. Plus, it’s backed by a very catchy sound.

In a YouTube description, Pearl Abyss gave a few more details on DokeV:

DokeV is an upcoming creature-collecting open world action-adventure from Pearl Abyss filled with intriguing stories and set in a unique, vibrant world. Meet Dokebi, whimsical creatures that live side-by-side with humans and encourage people’s dreams from which they gain strength. The gorgeous and colorful world of DokeV is brimming with activities, stories, and experiences, so get ready to befriend tons of Dokebi, embark on an adventure, and rock the world! Who knows, they may be dancing around you, even now!

Pearl Abyss mentioned throughout that DokeV is a work in progress and content is “subject to change,” but there’s certainly a lot more to discover about these creatures called Dokebi. I’d certainly like to get my hands on one of those cool skateboards.

Neither platforms nor a release window were given.

Correction: A previous version of the article described DokeV as an open-world MMO, per previous marketing text. Following the trailer’s reveal, developer Pearl Abyss clarified with IGN that the game is better described as “an action open-world adventure,” and not an MMO. The story has been edited to reflect that information.

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