Pokémon Scarlet and Purple promise to be some of the most ambitious games in the franchise in a long time. Every new thing we learn is an indicator that The Pokemon Company understands that it can’t lower the bar on this game, when fans have been asking for something more than the traditional game from the franchise for years.
One of the most important changes that Pokémon Scarlet and Purple promises is in the campaign, which this time will have three ‘stories’ that players can complete.
The challenge of the gyms: freedom, but not what is expected
For now, of the three stories that the game promises, we are only aware of one of them and it is the challenge of the eight gyms. This is the most traditional Pokemon quest and we guess we shouldn’t expect too many changes in this: go through the region, defeat the leaders and finally get all the medals to challenge the Elite 4 and become the champion of the region.
There is a small change: you will not have to challenge the leaders in any specific order. Pokémon Scarlet and Purple wants to commit to being an open world RPG and part of that is that it can challenge gym leaders in any order.
The bad news… is that at the end of the day the order does end up mattering, as the leaders will not adjust the level of their team to that of the game.
By this we mean that you can decide to challenge the leader of a city last and find his mons still level 10 or 20. On the other hand, you can go straight to the last city and accept the challenge from its leader… but in the same way. form you will meet a team of a much higher level.
The other two missions will take Sun and Moon lessons
For now, The Pokemon Company has kept secret what the objectives of the game’s other two missions will be. We know that, like the gym mission, the player will have the freedom to complete it at their own pace and not in any particular order.
If we can try to guess what to expect, we would think that the best precedent is the Sun and Moon missions. This was the first game to move away from the gym model and instead focused on offering challenges to the player, which usually ended in defeating an Alpha pokemon.
Something similar happened with Pokemon Arceus, in which the progress included battles against the guardian pokemons of different zones.
A third option is for Pokémon Scarlet and Purple to bring back alternate battle systems, such as Pokémon Contests. They were originally very popular in the third generation, only to be integrated with less success in the fourth. We can’t rule out that a similar mechanic is now one of the two new missions available.
Pokémon Scarlet and Purple will be available on November 18, 2022 on the Nintendo Switch.