Pokémon Legends: Arceus May Not Be Open World

Pokemon Legends Arceus May Deliver More Linear Experience with Regions

One of the most hyped upcoming Pokemon games in recent years, Pokemon Legends: Arceus promises to deliver a Pokemon experience unlike any other.  So far, most of the trailers have promised a game similar to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with 3D exploration and Pokeball throwing. However, it looks like it may not contain one crucial aspect: an open world to explore.

In a statement sent by the Pokemon Company to Kotaku, it was announced that “In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Jubilife Village will serve as the base for surveying missions. After receiving an assignment or a request and preparing for their next excursion, players will set out from the village to study one of the various open areas of the Hisui region. After they finish the survey work, players will need to return once more to prepare for their next task. We look forward to sharing more information about exploring the Hisui region soon.”

This means that it will probably be an experience more akin to a Monster Hunter Story-esque experience.  However, depending on how big the regions are that you can travel to, this may not be too bad as there will be plenty of the Pokemon world to explore.  In addition, this brings up the idea that you may have to unlock the regions in a particular order to fit a linear story experience, unlike Breath of the Wild, where freedom ofmap  traversal is a key characteristic.

What do you think of the fact that Pokemon Legends Arceus may not be open world? Are you disappointed by the news, or are you ok with the region progression and exploration as is? Let us know down in the comments, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

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