Warning! Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl leaks are starting to surface online, weeks before their official release date.
Ahead of the weekend, a Reddit user reported that retailers had started to receive their pre-launch stock, and, since then, users that have somehow managed to receive their copies early have been posting photos, screenshots and gameplay clips across every social media website imaginable.
The Pokémon Company is naturally protective about its major releases, often taking swift action to remove the leaked material. The most prominent example was when it had identified that a writer from the Portuguese website FNintendo was responsible for pre-launch leaks related to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
That writer had shared off-screen photos which had revealed unannounced Pokémon and Gigantamax forms. FNintendo admitted that their writer had been the culprit behind the leaks, with Nintendo stating that they would no longer provide them with products. The website has since been shut down.
There was also legal action taken in the United States, where the identities of Discord and 4Chan users behind further Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leaks were subpoenaed. Each went on to be fined $150,000 for their actions.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl have been developed by ILCA, with ILCA’s Yuichi Ueda and Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda directing the remakes, promising fans the chance “to experience the original story and game features from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl in a fresh way.”
Trainers will choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be their first partner Pokémon before setting off on their journey. Along the way, they will be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and the Legendary Pokémon Palkia in Pokémon Shining Pearl.
The original games have been faithfully reproduced and colourfully revitalised for Nintendo Switch. The sense of the scale of the towns and routes has been “carefully preserved,” and fans who played the original games will recognize many familiar places. These games are updated with the “easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences” introduced in recent Pokémon core series video games, in addition to up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 19th November 2021.