Today during the Pokémon Presents stream showcase The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl versions will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in late 2021. These games are faithful remakes of the 2007 Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version.
The titles are being developed by ILCA, Inc. the developers of Pokémon Home. Junichi Masuda of GAME FREAK, the director for the original Diamond and Pearl games, direct this game alongside Yuichi Ueda of ILCA.
This remake will feature a faithful remake of diamond and Pearl. Where players choose their starter Pokémon from Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup and travel through the beautiful Sinnoh region on a grand adventure to become the champion. Encounter the villainous Team Galactic, battle the Gym Leaders and eventually face the Pokémon league champion, Cynthia. The over world designs will feature a new chibi art style. The layouts will also be designed to preserve the scale of the locations and environments from the original games.
The in-battle designs for the trainers will be full-sized more similar to the style from Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Sword and Shield versions. The press release states that the games will be “updated with the easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences introduced in recent Pokémon core series video games” this likely means that the game will have the experience all feature turned on. It may also have the convivences for competitive breeding such as the Ability Capsule and Hyper Training.
Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version were the first games to introduce the ability to trade and battle Pokémon with trainers from around the world over the internet. This includes the Global Trade Station (GTS), a feature where players can offer up Pokémon for asynchronous trade with other players around the world. Pokémon Sword and Shield versions were the first titles since the introduction not to include the feature, which was moved to the Pokémon Home storage app. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl could mark the return of the feature to the main series Pokémon games.
The games are scheduled to release in late 2021 on the Nintendo Switch, if the trend of previous releases is followed the games will launch in the October-November window. The official website for the games is live now.