How does open-world work in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the newest generation of Pokémon and introduce many new Pokémon to encounter and befriend. With each new generation, mechanics and features are added or changed, and this may leave you wondering if Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are open-world.

The answer is yes—Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are open-world. The Pokémon series has seen its share of open-world features, both in Pokémon Sword and Shield's Wild Area and in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. But is this new region similar to the Wild Area in Sword and Shield?

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Is the open world in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet like the Wild Area?

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet take on a true open-world experience for the first time in Pokémon. This means that the open-world aspects are not limited to a Wild Area but rather the entire game, potentially opening this generation of games to a non-linear playstyle.

Are Pokémon Scarlet and Violet linear?

The open-world aspect of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet means that they are not linear. Rather, they are more like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and allow the player to freely roam the world, going where they please when they want, and even catching Pokémon that are their actual size. How this will affect the Pokémon formula still remains to be seen.

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