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Pokemon Diamond & Pearl rumor claims remakes will have post-game Arceus episode

Published: 19/Feb/2021 18:59

by Brent Koepp

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A new leak claims that the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes will also feature a post-game story starring mythical Legendary Arceus. 

After a year of rumors, Game Freak is reportedly gearing up to announce Diamond & Pearl remakes for the series’ 25th anniversary. Another report claimed that the titles would be revealed early in a special Direct days before Pokemon Day on February 27.

A new “leak” now also states that the supposed re-imaginings will come packed with a special story featuring series Mythical, Arceus. The extra plotline would be similar to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s post-game.

Screenshot of Pokemon Mythical Acreus in anime.
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Could the God Pokemon really be making its return in Diamond & Pearl remakes?

Will Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes feature an Arceus episode?

First off, it has not been confirmed that Game Freak are even actually working on a Diamond & Pearl remake. While many reports have begun to pop up saying the announcement will happen soon, we should take all of this with a major grain of salt.

Popular Pokemon leak account ‘CentroLeaks’ added fuel to the fire though when they teased that they had heard that the games would feature Arceus. Even more exciting is that the Legendary would be a part of the post-game.

“Take it with a grain of salt…but here it goes. Arceus episode. The information is not from our main source, however we have reasons to think its reliable,” the account explained in a series of tweets.

Interestingly Centro issued a warning that the new rumor was not from their usual source – making it dubious at best. However, when pressed further on details, the outlet clarified that it would be similar to Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire’s post-game with Deoxys.

For those not familiar, in 2014 Gen III got a remake in the form of Omega & Alpha. Players who beat the game got to experience a Delta Episode with Deoxys that served as a final plot line and mission. So allegedly, the new Diamond & Pearl reworks would also feature something similar.

Screenshot of Deoxys in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Sapphire.
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The rumored Arceus episode would be similar to the Deoxys post-game content in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

It’s hard to say whether it’s true as there has been no official word that Game Freak are even working on a Gen IV title. However, after a year of intense rumors and silence from TPC, fans have come to accept the titles as inevitable.

Only time will tell if any of this pans out. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer as the “leaks” allege that a special Direct will be announced before Pokemon Day on February 27. If it is true, players getting to face Arceus is a pretty big deal.

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How to watch PlayStation’s next State of Play event: PS5 games, start time, more

Published: 24/Feb/2021 2:50

by Brad Norton

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Sony’s next major State of Play event is on the horizon as the PlayStation nation is in store for “deep dives” on a wide array of upcoming titles. From when it all kicks off to what we can expect, here’s everything there is to know.

With a lack of physical events in 2021, gaming industry juggernauts have turned to online events to break the latest news. Hot off the heels of Nintendo’s latest Direct event, Sony is next in line for a huge showcase.

State of Play broadcasts have ranged from smaller indie events to blockbuster hardware reveals. This time around, Sony appears set to focus on upcoming PS4 and PS5 titles.

There were just four State of Play events through 2020 and each focused on major developments for the PlayStation brand. You won’t want to miss the next livestream; here’s how you can tune in.

Ratchet and Clank gameplay PS5
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Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart could be a big focus throughout this State of Play.

When is Sony’s next State of Play event?

Sony locked in dates for the next State of Play event in a February 23 announcement. It’s all set to go live on Thursday, February 25 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT.

While no exact duration was announced, Sony expects the upcoming broadcast to run for roughly “30 minutes or so.”

No different from previous events, this State of Play will be streamed live across the official PlayStation YouTube and Twitch channels. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

Sony confirms State of Play details

While no specific titles were mentioned, Sony confirmed that 10 games will be in focus throughout the upcoming stream. These games will range from indie titles, to third-party developments, and even brand new game announcements.

The event won’t fixate solely on PS5 releases either. A number of the titles on display are coming to both PS4 & PS5, they confirmed in a recent blog post.

There also won’t be an emphasis on “PlayStation hardware or business-focused updates” throughout the stream; this State of Play is about upcoming games.

Horizon Forbidden West gameplay
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It could be too early for new information on Horizon Forbidden West.

What to expect from the next State of Play event?

Almost a quarter of the way through the year already, Sony still has a long list of titles set for the coming nine months. It’s safe to assume this State of Play could provide new looks at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Deathloop, and even Returnal.

It’s likely too early for any considerable updates on the likes of Horizon Forbidden West or the God of War sequel, however. 

With new games set to be revealed though, anything is possible.

We’re yet to hear from Bend Studio, Santa Monica Studio is rumored to be working on a second project, and of course, Naughty Dog has been relatively quiet since the release of The Last of Us Part II. It’s possible we finally see the multiplayer update in action, along with a potential PS5 port.