With Pokémon Day in full swing, players and fans around the world tuned into the latest Pokémon Presents to find out what was in store for the franchise in the year to come.
After a slew of new updates and announcements, the presentation ended with an exclusive first-look at the latest mainline instalment of the Pokémon series: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Alongside this all-new footage, we also got our first glimpse at the brand new starter Pokémon.
Here we'll break down the trailer, the starters, and what we've seen so far.
What we know so far
As the trailer opened with a security guard seemingly poking around the Game Freak offices, he stumbled across a studio and indeed, a work in progress. With a blinding light emerging from a painting in the background, viewers were transported into a whole new Pokémon region, our first glimpse at Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.
With Pokémon roaming around freely, it looks as if this latest generation could be taking a leaf out of Pokémon Legends: Arceus' book and may see layers being able to catch the creatures freely, without having to traipse through the tall grass.
Generation 9 looks set to boast vibrant new locations, filled with deserts, cities, beaches, and grasslands for players to explore. Early indications suggest that this region could be based on Italy, with previous generations taking influence from the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.
Aside from the starters, there were no new Pokémon were there to be seen. Confirmed returning Pokémon however are: Starley, Pidgey, Bounsweet, Petilil, Psyduck, Drifllon, Combee, Meowth, Stonjourner, Pelipper, Clauncher, Swablu, Blissey, Seviper, Larvitar, Magnemite, Lucario and, of course, Pikachu
All New Starter Pokémon
Alongside this brand new trailer, we also got a look at the brand new starter Pokémon. Keeping with the traditional theme of fire, water, and grass types, the new designs look like nothing we've seen from a Pokémon starter before.
According to Serebii, the grass-green cat Pokémon is called Sprigatito, the water-type duck with the incredible hairdo is called Quaxly, and the small fire-type dragon, in keeping with fire types resembling the zodiac symbols, is called Fuecoco.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are set to be released in late 2022.