Pokemon fans are starting to think that Pokemon Legends: Arceus isn’t going to be a completely open game.
on Twitter, Serebiis Joe Merrick posted two photos of the map from Pokemon Legends: Arceus and compared them to titles like Monster Hunter and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, where the map is split into separate areas rather than bundled into one large map.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Pokémon Legends Arceus may not be a full open world, but rather segmented open areas like Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Monster Hunter, etc., divided into different areas, as was the case in the Wild Area / Crown Tundra
I get along really well with that. pic.twitter.com/llpCUUvQGx
– Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) September 30, 2021
On the map posted above, you can see areas like Aspiration Hill, Deertrack Path, The Heartwood, and more. These areas appear to contain smaller maps, similar to the Wild Area in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Additionally, the gameplay description on the Pokemon Legends official website says that completing tasks and increasing your rank will give you access to “new territories”. This suggests that players may not have the full map available to begin with compared to games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
As Merrick pointed out, this system could be similar to Monster Hunter games, where players start with access to one area and then unlock more as they progress through the main missions.
Even if it’s not a completely open world, Pokemon Legends mixes up the franchise in many ways. Set hundreds of years before the mainline Pokémon games, the spin-off features what looks like real-time combat. We recently got our first look at Noble Pokemon, a new class of monsters seen in the game. We also took a look at the new combat system in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
For fans of traditional Pokemon games, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be coming to Nintendo Switch next month.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.