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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Coming in 2021

by Lucas White

During today’s Pokemon Presents presentation, two new games in the Pokemon series were announced. The first game, coming to the Nintendo Switch in late 2021, is a remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.

As per usual, the game will be split into two different versions, with the updated titles Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Coming in 2021

During the stream, this title was described as a “faithful” remake, and video footage for the game showed exactly that. The 2006 DS version’s sprites have been changed to high resolution 3D models, but they still retain the scale of that original style.

Meaning everyone looks like a little squishy goblin instead of the more proportional models of the Let’s Go! Series.

While the visuals are similar, a press release from The Pokemon Company noted, “These games are updated with the easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences introduced in recent Pokémon core series video games.”

Development on Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl isn’t going to be in-house at GameFreak, which is likely focused on Pokemon Legends for 2022. Instead, Pokemon Home developer ILCA will be putting the pieces together. Yuichi Ueda of ILCA will be co-directing the remakes with GameFreak’s Junichi Masuda. 

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are set to release worldwide later this year, further emphasizing The Pokemon Company’s more recent efforts to get Pokemon games to all regions at once.

What say you, readers? Does the scope of the project match what you were expecting? Or did you want something a little different? Let us know over at the Prima Games Twitter and Facebook channels!


Lucas White

Lucas plays a lot of videogames. Sometimes he enjoys one. His favs include Dragon Quest, SaGa and Mystery Dungeon. You can find him on Twitter @HokutoNoLucas. Wanna send an email? Shoot it to [email protected]