It’s for sure! Pokemon Legends: Arceus will not be an open world, but rather a separate world in areas to discover. Should the company have been more explicit in its presentations?
(Image credit: The Pokémon Company)
In a press release sent to Kotaku, The Pokémon Company confirmed the rumor that had been circulating for several days, even weeks. The company’s new game, due out on January 28, will feature an exploration system similar to Monster Hunter, not an open world one might imagine.
Fans started wondering after seeing the in-game map images. This map is very similar to Monster Hunter or Xenoblade Chronicles 2, divided into free regions to explore, but not lumped together as an open world. So moving from one region to another may be more complex than previously thought.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Pokémon Legends Arceus may not be a fully open world but segmented open areas such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Monster Hunter, etc. divided into different regions such as Wild Area/Crown Tundra
I’m really fine with this. pic.twitter.com/llpCUUvQGx
– Joe Merrick September 30, 2021
The Pokémon Company’s response
In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Jubilife Village will be the base for survey missions. After receiving a mission or request and preparing for their next journey, players will leave the village to study one of the various open areas in the Hisui region. After the investigative work is completed, players will need to come back again to get ready for their next mission. We look forward to sharing more information about exploring the Hisui region soon. – The Pokémon Company
As evidenced by this release, players will visit one of the various open areas in the Hisui region as they complete specific missions and capture Pokémon. Then they will have to return to the central village to receive further instructions or to change the area. This mission-based exploration style is very similar to Capcom’s Monster Hunter series, which often requires players to complete missions collected in the central village by exploring fragmented wilderness areas.
If you have not played Monster Hunter, but Pokémon Sword and Shield, consider the wild areas of the latter. You have to enter the wild area and load it and then you can explore it at your free time. However, these sections are separate from the rest of the map and you have to exit them to continue.
While some are disappointed, others are happy to hear that the game will not be in the open world. Most of these happy fans believe this move could bring fewer bugs to the game and possibly more detail to the universes. Others, though not opposed to it, wonder what Braviary’s skill in theft would be good if the world wasn’t open.