Pokemon Legend: Arceus is a great event for Pokemon series. Not only does it break with many series traditions to unambiguously represent the open world inspired by the Breath of the Wild in the Pokemon franchise, but it also follows a relatively underused concept for the Pokemon franchise: a historical narrative.
We’ve seen this before, briefly, in the DS sequel Pokemon Conquest, which tells the story of feudal Japan in the Pokemon universe. But this month’s headline is the first time the concept has been explored in a full-fat, mainline Pokemon title.
Legends: Arceus is set in the Sinnoh region, the same region of the Pokemon world based on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Sinnoh appeared in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, but what makes this game different is that it takes place in the past – somewhere around the 19th century, apparently. It’s the same region, but even so The name was also different: during this time it was called Hisui. In Legends: Arceus, players will work to create the region’s first Pokedex in a historical setting.
It’s an interesting twist for the Pokemon series. It means we will get to see long-extinct forms of beloved Pokemon.
However, all of this got us thinking. Yes of course. What other installations around the world would we like to see historical Poke versions? Name of the game – Pokemon Legends Colon Arceus – hinted that this could be a series of games after all, and not just a one-and-done spin.
So, what other Pokemon Legends settings would be interesting? Here are some of our ideas…
Victoria Era Galar / England
We’ve seen this kind of setup done in games like Professor Layton and more recently Ace Attorney Chronicles. And as Britons, we really love the idyllic, distilled version of England that always comes out when it’s the image of the country made in Japan. One of the coolest things about Pokemon Sword & Shield is its dedication to leaning against a UK setting, even injecting a lot of questionable slang into its dialogue. But what about turning back the clock on the UK version of the Galar Region?
There are several options here. Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is the Victorian era. Japanese games in these sorts of British settings love to have (legally separate) versions of Sherlock running around. What will Holmes’ partner Pokemon be? Could we get an older version of Looker, full of Doctor Who, back to investigate an Oliver Twist-inspired criminal gang, one named Team Rocket?
The history of England is rich enough that you can go through different historical periods. Looking back at Pokemon Conquest, the medieval England setting can also be interesting for knights battling Pokemon alone. Galarian Farfetch’d even points to this era in Sword & Shield. That would be the other top pick; but an industrial revolution, Victorian Pokemon will remain our favorites.
30 or 40 years old Unova / New York
Introduced in Pokemon Black & White, Unova made Pokemon history by setting the series on a location other than Japan. Depicting the Pokeverse’s version of New York City and surrounding areas, it’s easy to think of New York and set foot in a particular iconic period – the Depression and the one that immediately followed. .
Maybe that’s too depressing for Pokemon. But I don’t know… The series has a knack for sugary things, like enslaving cute creatures and making them fight. And that period of New York is an icon – construction, disgraced people, gangsters, social upheaval in practically every way you can imagine.
Fashion and design of the time are also iconic, the way Pokemon’s designers can really be fun. And while Galar still plays with the classic, more traditional British style, the modern Unova as depicted in the games is practically unrecognizable seventy years ago, so this will be An interesting change for any potential Victoria game we do.
Holy Roman Empire
I keep coming back to Pokemon Conquest, in part because it’s my favorite Pokemon side game. So I keep thinking about cultures with stories like Nobunaga’s Ambition and his conquest across Japan. And so, naturally, I think of Ancient Rome, which spans so many contexts and left a huge cultural impact on the world. That’s what really matters – seeing the Pokemon versions of these influential figures and the impact they’ve had on the world’s version of Pokemon. I think Caesar will have an Arcanine, perhaps. Possibly a Falinks.
Of course, the other interesting thing about Rome is the melting furnace. It has spread to many countries and cultures; there’s the Persians, the ruins of Ancient Greece, and of course the Empire even touched on another of our proposed settings in another era – Galar. Plus, we’ve never seen Italy in Pokemon before – so the centerpiece of this culture will be a whole new setting, potentially filled with all-new Pokemon.
Kalos / French Revolution
You may have watched Les Mis (or played Assassin’s Creed Unity – if that’s the case, we apologize), and so you might already have a basic idea of what happened in Paris in 1789, or another uprising a little later. If you want a SparkNotes summary of the whole issue, we’ve got you: thousands of Parisians fed up with Louis XVI’s consistent and blatant abuse of power have erupted in violent protests force in the streets, eventually overthrowing the monarchy and demonstrating the power of protest – and the strength of popular will.
Imagine it; imagine going out into the streets with all your red Pokemon – red was a symbol of revolt for the French at the time – and fighting in urban skirmishes as chiefs and trainers The old Gym’s work together to destroy that big, majestic Poke-Bastille. end of the city. Imagine using Cut to dismantle furniture and make improvised obstacles on the street. Imagine letting a Bisharp use the guillotine on King Louis XVI’s version of the Pokemon-universe… hm, maybe a bit too much. But still! There’s a lot of history in this era, and also a lot of potential Pokemon coming together where you can set up ‘mon’ (Poochyena, Pidgey, Rattata, Grimer, Trubbish et al) streets against back to the snob, the pampered upper class (Snubbull, Boufallant, Togekiss, Roserade, Pyroar, Gallade). Pokemon studying class divisions; I will receive it on the first day.
Alex mentioned this above with his Divine Poke Empire suggestion, but I think we could also step back a bit further and head to Ancient Greece. The landscape of the islands in Greece really plays to Pokemon’s strengths (unless there’s ‘too much water’, heh) and the mainland itself has enough scope for different biomes to cram in. pretty much all of those 898 Pokemon entered without too much trouble.
However, when most people think of ancient Greece, they think of mythology. So how about this? Instead of predictable taglines where you fight your way through different Gyms and battle the Elite Four at the end, why not take a tour of the temples of ancient Greece and battle with super priests and their god Pokemon? Trainers with Legendaries? Guaranteed! Coach with Shinies? Why not?
Replace the standard eight gym format with a game dedicated to you usurping the disciple of the 12 Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes and Hestia / Dionysus) sounds like a dream game. Imagine the designs! Imagine about the categories that they specialize in. Basically, imagine Pokemon x Hades. It sounds unbelievable, man.
China – Three Kingdoms
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but wouldn’t a game set in China’s ‘Three Kingdoms’ period be great? What? What do you mean it’s been done in countless Dynasty Warriors games? And the game Total War? And dozens of other people in addition? OH. Well, none of them do a good job as a mythical Pokemon, do they?
Think about it; you have rival factions (all of which are assigned the primary colors of red, blue, and green beautifully thanks to the guys at Tecmo Koei), all of which can specialize in different types. You have the territorial aspects of the story, and we know Pokemon cope well with that because of the Pokemon Conquest game Alex talked about above. Translating some of the ideas we’ve seen in Conquest into a larger game – brimming with incredible characters, incredible locations, and some weird lore – is unquestionable, at the time. this point.
Due to a large number of Pokemon inspired by Chinese mythology (Drampa, Absol, Suicune, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem and more), we also get to see some interesting interactions with the guardians. the mysticism of certain places – or watch the likes of Guan Yu, Cao Cao or Lu Bu thoughtfully match the ‘mon’ associated with their heritage.
https://www.vg247.com/6-other-historical-settings-we-want-pokemon-to-visit-after-legends-arceus-1 6 more history settings we want Pokemon to visit after Legends: Arceus