Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer reveals co-op play, Nov. 18 release date
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor Sada and Professor Turo have melted fans' hearts
Provided by Game Freak / Nintendo

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer reveals co-op play, Nov. 18 release date

Lechonk and the new professors have fans screaming

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet received a new trailer Tuesday revealing that the games are coming out worldwide on Nov. 18. The trailer also showcased the in-game models of the starter Pokémon, as well as the legendaries, a few new Pokémon, a co-op mode and a few other tidbits.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the third mainline Pokémon games to release on the Nintendo Switch after Sword and Shield and Generation 4 remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The game’s setting is inspired by Spain and lets players roam around the world as usual. This time, however, players can do so with friends in a co-op mode.

Fans also got a first look at the starters’ in-game models, as well as three other new monsters: Pawmi, Lechonk (who immediately won over the fans’ hearts) and Smoliv.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet new additions Pawmi, Lechonk and Smoliv
Pawmi, Lechonk and Smoliv | Provided by Game Freak / Nintendo

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet also feature two new professors, Professor Sada and Gigachad meme lookalike Professor Turo. The official website specifies that the professors are version exclusive, Sada for Scarlet and Turo for Violet. Like Lechonk, both of them were immediately popular among the fans, albeit for entirely different reasons. The two professors also wear clothing styles that are in theme with the new legendaries, Koraidon and Miraidon.

At the end of the trailer, a CGI segment showcased the new legendaries. The Pokémon Scarlet legendary looks more primal, while the Violet version has jet engines and LED eyes, perhaps signaling that it’ll be a primal vs. technological kind of story.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon
The new legendaries, Koraidon and Miraidon | Provided by Game Freak / Nintendo

Other than that, the trailer did not show show much more, but the official website provided a little more context. The co-op mode allows groups of four players to explore the Pokémon world together:

“Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet allow multiplayer gameplay with up to four players,” the website reads. “Along with series staples, such as trading and battling Pokémon, you will be able to explore the various locations of the region in these games with other players. You can discover new Pokémon and explore unfamiliar areas with your friends and family, opening the door to an adventure more precious and fun than ever!”

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet also have a non-linear world, allowing players to explore at their pleasure. They are set to release worldwide on Nov. 18, 2022 on Nintendo Switch.


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