The Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes have an official release date.
Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl arrive in late 2021. These remakes feature the same core gameplay as before but are not developed by Game Freak. Ilca, Inc, Pokémon Home’s developers, will develop these remakes, and Junichi Masuda is helping direct these remakes. Masuda serves on the Game Freak board of directors and helped direct the original Diamond and Pearl games. Fans eagerly waited for Diamond and Pearl remakes for quite some time now. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the first full Pokémon games since Sword and Shield.
Two other main Pokémon games featured today. One was New Pokémon Snap, which got a brand new gameplay reveal, and a full reveal for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is developed by Game Freak, and releases early next year.
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are Not the First Remakes
The Pokémon Company started remaking main games back in the mid-2000s. These remakes started in 2004 with FireRed and LeafGreen, which remade the original Red and Green. Next, HeartGold and SoulSilver released in 2009 as Gold and Silver remakes. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire were the first remakes to miss their tenth anniversary due to Pokémon X & Y’s 2013 release. 2018 saw Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee! as a remake offshoot. Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee took elements from Pokémon Go, the popular mobile game, and put them in first-generation games. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl now own the longest wait in between initial release and first remake.
Diamond and Pearl originally released on September 28th, 2006 in Japan, and April 22nd, 2007 in North America. Diamond and Pearl are the fourth generation of Pokémon games. They follow a new trainer exploring the Sinnoh region, facing gym leaders and the evil Pokémon organization, Team Galactic. Dialga and Palkia, the cover Pokémon for Diamond and Pearl respectively, were the Pokémon of space and time. Pokémon Platinum released in 2008 as the enhanced version of Diamond and Pearl.
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release in late 2021 for Nintendo Switch.
Writer’s note: All dates are from Japanese releases, not worldwide.