Today, on Pokémon Day, during a special Pokémon Presents video presentation that was streamed online to fans around the world, The Pokémon Company announced The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, new downloadable content for the blockbuster Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games. Global sales of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet for the Nintendo Switch family of systems surpassed 10 million combined units in the first three days after their worldwide launch on November 18, 2022—the highest global sales for any software on any Nintendo platform within that timeframe. The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero will take fans deeper into the world of Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet and consists of two different adventures—Part 1: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero: The Teal Mask, launching in fall 2023, and Part 2: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero: The Indigo Disk, releasing at a later date. Fans can purchase The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero now on Nintendo eShop.
“We are so grateful that millions of Trainers around the world have chosen to explore the expansive Paldea region,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. “In The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, fans will take a trip to the land of Kitakami, where they will meet new Pokémon and interesting characters. I sincerely hope that Trainers who embark on this new journey find the same excitement and joy they experienced when they encountered their first Pokémon.”
Players can use their current save data from Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet to continue their adventure in The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero In this new downloadable content, players will be leaving the Paldea region, the setting of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. In Part 1: The Teal Mask, a school trip will take players to the land of Kitakami, where they will be joining an outdoors study program held jointly between their academy and another school. In Part 2: The Indigo Disk, players will be traveling to Blueberry Academy, a sister school of their own academy, as exchange students. While this tale is split into two parts, they link together to tell a connected story.
In Part 1: The Teal Mask, players will be chosen to take part in a school trip that is held each year in collaboration with another school. They’ll be taken to the land of Kitakami, where a great mountain towers over the land and the people live at its base. It is a place of tranquil natural expanses, featuring rice paddies and apple orchards. The trip seems to coincide with a festival regularly held in the village in Kitakami during this season, so the village is bustling with various street vendors and stalls. Players will meet new friends and Pokémon as they unravel the mysteries behind the folktales that have been passed down in this land.
In Part 1: The Teal Mask and Part 2: The Indigo Disk, players will be able to encounter over 230 familiar Pokémon that have been found living in other regions but had not appeared in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. This includes Pokémon that players will be able to bring to their games via Pokémon HOME or those received in trades. Players will also encounter new Legendary Pokémon—Ogerpon in Part 1: The Teal Mask and Terapagos in Part 2: The Indigo Disk. In Part 1: The Teal Mask, three Pokémon named Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti also appear. They are beloved by the people of the village as heroes that protected the land of Kitakami in the past, and stone statues were made in their likeness to express the people’s gratitude.
Players who purchase The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero by Tuesday, October 31, 2023, will be given a serial code for a special gift: a Hisuian Zoroark with three special features. This Hisuian Zoroark knows the move Happy Hour, which it cannot learn through normal gameplay, along with Tera Blast, Bitter Malice, and Nasty Plot. It has the Charismatic Mark, and it has Dark as its Tera Type. The serial code will be valid until Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Source: The Pokemon Company
These Pokemon presents are starting to be pretty predictable, I figure the new game would be getting dlc and while it’s nice to get new announcements, I really think they should reconsider this style and change the format a bit when it comes to reveals, the first half really do be mobile games.
Yeah I have to agree with you. They should reconsider on doing that honestly. it would be nicer if they gave us cooler outfits from previous games instead of giving us recolor school uniforms. I really don’t like the school uniforms in the game.
Wow, that was… awful. It was pretty much just mobile game updates, a few media/merch announcements, and just showing a bit of art for the SV DLC that everyone already knew was coming.
Putting Gen 1 on NSO would’ve been an easy win for them. A spin-off game, like what 2020 did when the main Pokemon release for that year was just DLC, would’ve been cool too. I would probably be more excited for the SV DLC, but I haven’t even gotten the game yet because of how rushed and broken it looks.
All in all, The Pokemon Company needs to learn how to manage expectations better for these presentations
I was hoping for an apology. Instead, they decided to work on DLC instead of fixing the game. Paid DLC, to be specific.
Oh well. I never bought Scarlet/Violet anyhow. It doesn’t look like I will either if they are already focusing on DLC instead of fixing the game.
I’ll probably purchase the dlc, but only after random fanboys review it and complain about new bugs and glitches that get added on top of the already existing bugs and glitches. That won’t stop me from purchasing the dlc and neither will strongly worded comments posted on a public fourm.
So does the game play better than a launch? Still waiting to purchase tbh
That was a truly rotten experience, so basically we wait a year before things get interesting again. But the big question is, can the Pokemon company ever be interesting again? A new legends game is always welcome, if done right. But I’m loosing faith in this once great company. Do they hate themselves and the fans that much, they really must. Scarlet and Violet are the worst games I’ve ever played, even more so then brilliant Diamond and shining Pearl. These games don’t need fixing, they need binning, and they should start working on something that makes themselves and the fans proud to be Pokemon fans. They shouldn’t have even bothered with the dlc, it doesn’t look great, the uniforms are still rubbish. They still believe that people want some kind of 3rd version, it’s getting seriously old now. The game should be launched with full content, meaning no dlc, and they can work on something new afterwards. I don’t know if I will buy the dlc, I already feel robbed buying Scarlet. I am not buying anything Pokemon related until they make games that are amazing, and not the unfinished junk they’ve been putting out. It seems legends Arceus was kicked in the pants when it finished development, and they went backwards. The boot is now on the fans foot, we will get out honour back one way or another, we don’t stand to be made fools of by a money grabbing uncaring and un-loyal company, that cling to whatever concepts they think we will eat up, we are not that gullible, and we don’t waste money on bad products whether it’s from Pokemon or from anyone else, we say no.
Oh yeah. I remembered that people were expecting VC titles to be announced for NSO Game Boy and GBA.
C’mon. You know that’s not going to happen. They took forever to be put on 3DS and they charged more than double the price of the regular Game Boy games. And you had to pay separate for different languages. It was motivated by profits.
There’s not much benefit to the Pokemon Company for adding titles to NSO. It just benefits Nintendo. And it could possibly hurt Pokemon when people start comparing the older games to the newer ones. I’m not saying the older games are necessarily better, mind you… but it’s definitely nothing like playing… let’s say A Link to the Past and then playing BOTW and witnessing how much the series as grown and evolved. Pokemon does NOT have that. The closest they have to that is Legends.