Two-Part Expansion for Pokémon Violet and Scarlet Revealed

During this morning’s Pokémon Presents, the company revealed details on the major story DLC coming to Violet and Scarlet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero.

Later this year, the newest Pokémon games are getting a pretty massive expansion in the form of DLC called The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. The story will be told in two parts which will take gamers to all new areas outside the Paldea region, featuring new characters, and more Pokémon/legendaries to catch.

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 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.​

If it’s anything like the Sword/Shield DLC, fans are in for some serious adventuring and plenty of additional hours to sink into. I’m loving how these new games have been given extra story to help fill the gaps while we wait on the next games to play.

“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.”

On top of the upcoming DLC, Scarlet/Violet players will soon be getting HOME support for the titles, as well as a new in-game event:

Starting at 7:00 a.m. PST on Monday, February 27, 2023, Trainers will be able to connect Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to Pokémon GO. New gameplay experiences will be available in each game after they’ve been connected, including new ways to interact with Vivillon and Roaming Form Gimmighoul.

The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Part 1 is set to arrive this Fall, with Part 2 coming at a later date.

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