Pokémon returns to Diamond and Pearl’s Sinnoh region in new games

New Pokémon games set in Diamond & Pearl’s Sinnoh region are coming to Nintendo Switch later this year and in 2022.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will launch in late 2021, and see a retro-styled return to Sinnoh. Characters have a chibi-style on the overworld, not dissimilar to the Link’s Awakening remake, but will be full-size in battles.

An open-world Sinnoh game set in a more feudal version of the region will then follow next year, more similar in style to Pokémon Sword and Shield. It’s called Pokémon Legends Arceus, and it’s due in early 2022.

Old school Pokéballs and a mix of previous starter Pokémon feature in this game, though how it will connect with the Pokémon God is being kept under wraps. You’ll be creating the first ever Pokédex, apparently.

I Love Computer Arts (ILCA), a Japanese studio which worked on Pokémon Home and has provided support for titles such as Nier: Automata and Yakuza 0, is working on Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, while mainline Pokémon developer Game Freak leads development on the open-world prequel.

Today’s news comes as part of The Pokémon Company’s big livestream, held ahead of the franchise’s 25th anniversary tomorrow.

On Sunday 28th February, a live Pokémon concert starring Post Malone will also take place.

Watch today’s full Pokémon Presents livestream below – there’s some new gameplay footage of Pokémon Snap in there also: