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Pokémon’s next games are Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, new starters revealed

Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet coming in late 2022

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.

The Pokémon Company announced its next generation of Pokémon games during the Pokémon Presents presentation on Sunday. They’re Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, coming in late 2022.

At the end of The Pokémon Company’s 14-minute broadcast, the company showcased a quick preview of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. They look lovely, with a mix of lively city areas and idyllic pastures with tons of Pokémon. Of course, we also got a look at the three new Pokémon starters, a grass-type kitten, a fire-type smol alligator, and the water-type duck with a fun hat.

The YouTube description of the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet announcement trailer calls the games “open-world,” suggesting a change from typical core Pokémon games.

pokemon scarlet and violet logos Image: Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo

It’s been a busy time for The Pokémon Company, which released Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl — remakes of the beloved Nintendo DS games — in November, followed by Pokémon Legends: Arceus, its new open-world game set in the ancient Sinnoh region (then called Hisui), in January.

In 2019, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were announced to celebrate Pokémon Day. Those are The Pokémon Company’s most recent main-line games in the series, comprising the eighth generation and the first on the Switch platform. They brought players to the Galar region, and introduced new concepts like Gigantamax Pokémon.

Pokémon Day celebrates the anniversary of the franchise’s launch in 1996, with Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green released in Japan.