Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be Game Freak’s approach to an open world RPG game set in the Pokémon universe. You’ll be able to wander the massive landscape, attempting to capture, train, and battle other Pokémon you encounter on your travels.
With it being an open world environment, fans are curious if it’ll be more closely associated with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or if it will have multiplayer features. Right now, with Pokémon Legends: Arceus releasing in early 2022, that question is up in the air, and there’s a lot to consider.
Our best guess is to say that no, Arceus will not have a featured multiplayer feature. If Game Freak wants to give fans a similar experience to Breath of the Wild, they will remove any potential multiplayer experience and keep it entirely a single-player campaign. This way, players will focus entirely on their journey, capturing Pokémon that they want to capture and experience everything they can in Arceus.
Because the game won’t be out until early 2022, we won’t receive any further details about it until the official release date draws closer. Because Pokémon is such a shared experience with trading and battling other trainers being an integral section of the series, battling other trainers and trading with them could remain possible. We don’t know if you and a friend can explore a world together, sneaking up behind Pokémon and catch them.
We don’t imagine this happening, given the Breath of the Wild vibes we have the game. But we’ll have to see what details we learn about Pokémon Legends: Arceus.