Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Adds Franchise First Open World Co-op

Nintendo has moved to introduce an open-world style multiplayer option to the Pokemon franchise with the development of Scarlet and Violet.
Nintendo has moved to introduce an open-world style multiplayer option to the Pokemon franchise with the development of Scarlet and Violet. / The Pokemon Company

Nintendo has moved to introduce an open-world style multiplayer option to the Pokemon franchise with the development of Scarlet and Violet.

Have you ever wished you could explore the world of Pokemon with your closest friends? Now, that dream has become a reality thanks to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Trainers need not embark on their Pokemon adventure with a single partner by their side. With the release of Scarlet and Violet, they can bring their closest human friends along for the ride, as well.

Here's what we know about the confirmed multiplayer aspect of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Adds Open World Co-op

For the first time ever, up to four trainers can simultaneously explore the region while undergoing their Pokemon adventure — together.

"Along with series staples, such as trading and battling Pokémon, you will be able to explore the various locations of the region in these games with other players." The website reads, "You can discover new Pokémon and explore unfamiliar areas with your friends and family, opening the door to an adventure more precious and fun than ever!"

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, this is all the information we have. There is no mention of how this mechanic functions, whether or not it is truly cross-version, or if trainers will need a Nintendo Online account rather than simply connect with their friends on a LAN scale. However, with such a large development in the series, there's no doubt that more will be revealed as the title draws closer to release.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will hit shelves on Nov. 18, 2022. More information can be found on the official website.