The August Pokemon Presents livestream had plenty of updates for several mobile and Switch games in the franchise, and according to some fans with a Keen Eye attribute, a potential tease for the next remake of Pokemon Black and White.
During the final minutes of the presentation that saw new gameplay for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Indigo Disk expansion, Drayton of Blueberry Academy’s BB League brings out his Archaludon, the evolution of Duralodon. Pokemon fans on social media (via VGC) noted that Archaludon resembles the Skyarrow bridge, the main bridge found in the Unova region of Pokemon Black and White.
“The stuff in the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC and a character will hint the next Pokemon game”
>Drayden relative inspired character Drayton
>Signature Pokemon is a bridge inspired by the Driftveil Drawbridge
We definitely going to Unova next year baby pic.twitter.com/98GW05wasI
— Aero (@ActualAero) August 8, 2023
Another link here is that Drayton’s name translates to Iris in other languages, a reference to the Dragon-type trainer and Opelucid gym leader of Pokemon Black and White. It appears he just wants you to know who he is.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Pokemon games have hinted at new (or old) locations, as developer Game Freak left a subtle hint in Pokemon Sword and Shield that hinted at the existence of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Spanish-influenced region. Pokemon games have also been released on an almost annual basis over the last couple of years, with development alternating between Game Freak and other studios.
While Game Freak has been responsible for Pokemon Sword and Shield, Legends: Arceus, and Scarlet and Violet recently, remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were handled by ILCA and saw the release of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in late 2021. Even if Pokemon Black and White remakes aren’t coming this year, Scarlet and Violet players can start The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero with the first part, The Teal Mask, in September, and the second part of this DLC is still scheduled to arrive in Winter 2023.