Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl and Legends Arceus will both lose a feature that has been included in every game since 1996. Game Freak seems to be phasing out the classic element after 25 years.
After months of silence, Studio ILCA finally revealed everything about the Sinnoh remakes at an August Presents talk. While loyal ports, Nintendo Switch reimaginations will also come with a flurry of new features and surprises.
Eagle-eyed fans have discovered that Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will actually drop a classic design choice included in all previous Pokemon titles. With Legends Arceus following suit, it looks like the franchise is finally losing the beloved mechanic.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl to drop classic feature
As Studio ILCA takes the helm of Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, the Gen IV remakes seem to give us a glimpse into the future of the overall franchise after one of its design choices was also discovered in Game Freaks’s. Legends Arceus.
Popular Pokemon researcher Matt ‘mattyoukhana_’ spotted the change and pointed out that the two upcoming titles drop sprites for Pokemon and items. Pixel-based models have been used in games for decades, including Gen 8’s Sword & Shield, released in 2019.
“It looks like BDSP and Legends are removing sprites altogether, as Pokémon displays stills of their 3D models (BDSP), mugshots (Legends), and official PGL artwork for items (both games). It makes me a little sad because I love their sprite work, but I’m not surprised, ”the Pokémon expert tweeted.
It looks like BDSP and Legends are removing sprites altogether, as Pokémon displays stills of their 3D models (BDSP), mugshots (Legends), and official PGL artwork for items (both games).
It makes me a little sad because I love their sprite work, but I’m not surprised. pic.twitter.com/1CZHGk4oO0
– Matt (@mattyoukhana_) August 18, 2021
The researcher provided screenshots of the Sinnoh and Pokemon Legends Arceus remakes that feature 3D models used in the menus. While that’s not the biggest change, longtime Pokemon fans will surely miss the retro sprites that even connected modern titles to past generations.
Pokémon fans are reacting to the change
Following the discovery of the change, Pokemon fans reacted to the removal of the old pixel-style models. Many have been disappointed with ILCA and Game Freak for abandoning the retro design that has accompanied the series since the ’90s.
“NoooOOOOO WHY,” exclaimed a player after reading the news. Another fan simply tweeted, “It’s just sad.”
Although disappointed, some fans have seen a positive change. “I will definitely miss them for things like the menus, but honestly the other executions are really cool and fit really well.”
The Pokemon franchise dropping pixel sprites isn’t the most groundbreaking loss of all time. But retro models have been a staple in every game since the franchise debuted in 1996, Red & Blue.
At the very least, the redesign is just another example of how the Game Freak series has evolved. Only time will tell if fans embrace the new UI look, but we will definitely miss it.