Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s open world is already dividing players

In the eyes of a number of players, the open world of Pokémon Scarlet…

Trailer after trailer, The Pokemon Company has lifted the veil on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, spearheaded by its open world. However, in the eyes of some players, it seems to be far too “empty”.

With the end of linear storylines, an emphasis on open-world, multiplayer exploration, and the arrival of new mechanics such as Teracrystallization, the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is poised to shake up the franchise more than ever.

While most of these new features have been viewed favorably by the Pokémon community, the open world promised in these new installments is a matter of debate. Thrilled to finally have a true open world, players could already see themselves roaming the Paldéa region, encountering Pokémon around every corner and raving about the varied and dense flora, but the trailers have slowly dampened the enthusiasm of a number of them.

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As the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet nears, many concerned voices have been raised on the web, pointing out oh how “empty”the Paldea region has looked.

Aggressed by all the complaints, one player decided to set the record straight on Reddit. “I see so many people complaining about the same thing, about how “empty” it looks. Have you ever been outside? It’s not really filled to the brim with anything but trees, bushes and trees,” he said.

I see so many people complaining the same thing on how it looks “empty”. Like have you ever been outside? It’s not exactly filled to the brim with anything more than trees, bushes, and trees. from PokemonScarletViolet

A number of netizens agreed with him, saying it was far too early to judge the density of the game. Others said they didn’t see any problems with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s open world, and that disgruntled players were making up reasons to complain.

To back up their statements, players unconvinced by the Paldéa region argued that once the game was released it would be too late to complain, and that a world that was too empty could be enough to ruin a game’s release.

“I mean, to be fair, it would be a pretty big problem if the world was empty. Having an empty and/or boring open world is one of the biggest flaws an open world game can have, argued one user.

An argument echoed by other Internet users who recalled the failures of Sword and Shield and Arceus.

“I guess some people who thought the areas were a bit empty in Sword and Shield and Arceus are getting worried again. Myself included. Everything will be cleared up when the game comes out, said one user as a reminder shot.

The same debate had raged when the trailers for Legends: Arceus were shared. Nonetheless, while some found the result to be much better than what had been shown beforehand, others were not at all pleased. It remains to be seen which way the scales will tip when these new opuses are released.