Pokemon Legends: Arceus Invokes Breath Of The Wild, And That’s Thrilling

It’s a big day for Sinnoh fans. The big news out of the Pokemon Presents event involved remakes of the original Sinnoh games, Diamond and Pearl, but more notably, a brand-new game set in the region called Pokemon Legends: Arceus. The Pokemon Company heralds it as a “bold new direction” for the series, and one specific moment from the Legends trailer sticks out that any Zelda: Breath of the Wild player will likely notice.

Virtually every shot in the trailer shows the player in vast, open areas. The rolling fields, sweeping vistas, and sprawling valleys all suggest a more open nature to the world in Legends. But if there was any doubt about what Game Freak is going for, the trailer practically hammered viewers over the head with a reference to Breath of the Wild.

Early in that seminal game, when you first exit the chamber you wake up in, you run out to the edge of a cliff. The camera leaves its position behind Link to zoom out and rise up, giving you your first look at this massive, open Hyrule that you’ll explore over the course of the game. It’s an overwhelming and tantalizing sequence as the reality sets in of what BOTW is going to offer.

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Author: Chris Pereira