Pokémon Violet and Scarlet Have Been Announced and They’re Arriving This Year

Pokemon Violet and Scarlet

Pokémon Violet and Scarlet, the latest entries in the long-running monster-battling RPG, are set to arrive later this year.

The two titles were unveiled through a surprisingly sinister video which sees a security guard hearing a noise coming from the offices of Game Freak, the team responsible for developing the series. It changes gear halfway through, becoming a great deal more charming, but’s it’s left us wanting an official Pokémon survival horror game.

Brown trousers moments, aside, Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet look set to take inspiration from the recent Pokémon Legends: Arceus and will offer an open world that you can traverse seamlessly. You’ll collect Pokémon and pit them against each other though, if previous paired Pokémon titles are anything to go by, Violet and Scarlet will each sport a different roster of available beasties.

Nintendo and Game Freak have set up a website which, while a little sparse right now, does offer the odd insight or three. Specifically, they’ve revealed the names and abilities of the first three new helper PokémonThere’s Sprigato, a “capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon”, Fuecoco, a “laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace”, and Quaxly, an “earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon.”

We’re a little put out by the fact that Quaxly, as several people have remarked, appears to have Donald Trump’s “hair”. Sprigato, on the other hand, we find absolutely adorable and not just because of this cartoon which has dubbed them “Weed Cat”.

Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet will be released later this year, landing on Nintendo Switch. You can expect the identities of the other new Pokémon to be revealed between now and then.