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Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Diamond/Pearl remakes get release dates

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Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are coming later this year with Legends: Arceus on the way in 2022

A trainer throws a Pokeball in a screenshot from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Image: ILCA, Inc./The Pokémon Company

Pokémon’s trio of upcoming Sinnoh region games now have official release dates. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will come out on Nov. 19, while Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released on Jan. 28, 2022, The Pokémon Company announced on Wednesday.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are remakes of the Diamond and Pearl games that came out in 2006 for Nintendo DS. The remakes will return players to the Sinnoh region and let them explore it and its cast of native Pokémon. Players will be able to play through the story exactly as it was in the original release, but The Pokémon Company says that it has “colorfully revitalized” some of the game’s other functions.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will also send players to the Sinnoh region, but in a very different time period. The game will take place in the fairly distant past, long before the events of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is also a new twist on the Pokémon game genre that The Pokemon Company describes as fusing action and role-playing game elements.

All three games will be available only on Nintendo Switch.