Centro Pokémon, a Pokémon-focused website known for its leaks, has reported that Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes for the Nintendo Switch are currently in the works and will be officially announced this February.
Fans of the Pokémon series have wanted Sinnoh remakes for years, which is a common trend whenever a new Pokémon game is released. Before, fans kept voicing their desire for remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and once Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire released, they moved onto remakes of the 4th generation of Pokémon.
Adding credibility to this leak is the domain, diamondpearl.pokemon.com has been enabled.
The Diamond and Pearl remakes will be in line with the traditional Pokémon games, and not the Let’s Go style. Hopefully, this remake will include a National Dex, which was the main controversy surrounding Pokémon Sword and Shield, with #Dexit and #BBND (Bring back National Dex) being used by people who supported the movement.
Despite the backlash for lack of National Dex, Pokémon Sword and Shield still performed incredibly well in sales, and its follow-up DLCs brought back more Pokémon to the 8th Generation games, so even if National Dex wasn’t included in the Diamond and Pearl remakes, we can still expect it to sell well.
The Underground was an interesting feature in the original Diamond and Pearl games that has potential if it was expanded upon with online features. The Underground was an area found beneath Sinnoh and players can explore it to create Secret Bases, a feature introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, mine for treasures, place traps for other players, and spend Spheres for goods.
Remember that there still isn’t an official announcement regarding the remakes and that they are only leaks from reliable sources. We’ll have to wait and see if the official announcement comes in February.