Pokemon has long been incorporating multiplayer elements in its games, starting with the feature to trade and battle in the original Red, Blue, and Green. Earlier Game Freak confirmed that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet would be the first true attempt at an open-world game where the players can explore an open world where different towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness.
The developers even noted that the players will have the option to tackle the game’s locations in any order without having to rely on the story or items to unlock certain paths. With the open-world element fully incorporated and developers looking to take the game in a new direction in many waves, a new form of multiplayer gaming is the focus for SV.
What kind of multiplayer features does Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have?
The game isn’t quite at the MMORPG level but it does offer one of the most impressive multiplayer experiences of any core Pokémon game. For the first time, the players will have the option to play a Pokémon game with up to 3 friends on the same server. No further details about offline multiplayer gameplay have been shared but it’s unlikely that it’ll be used in a significant way if it appears at all.
The four-player multiplayer mode seems to be a lot more intrinsic to the gameplay, with the players being able to emote to each other, interact in different ways, and play the game beside each other in real-time.
How does Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s multiplayer mode work?
By using the Union Circle, the players will be able to invite up to 3 friends into their world. Based on the Pokémon Presents from August 3rd, it seems that all four players will be able to traverse the map together. It means that your family and friends will be able to join up and battle wild Pokémon together, explore the map, and go on adventures together.
Trading and battling with other trainers will be done through the Poké Portal. The players will be able to trade Pokémon via the Link Trade option, which allows the trainers to trade with each other once they both enter the same code. Link battles will be available in the Poké Portal so that the players can battle other trainers from all over the world.
You’ll likely still have to open a menu to turn on the communication feature once it becomes available. Early on, it seems like the game is specifically designed to keep the players online and play with others through the seamless, open-world model.