Of all the main points revealed in yesterday’s Pokémon Scarlet and Violet information, one of many extra delicate highlights was revealed in fleeting glances. For the primary time within the franchise, it seems like character customization may need begun to acknowledge a uncared for part of its fanbase.
Pokémon video games’ vary of character pores and skin colours and types of hair haven’t precisely been probably the most various. Even the newest entry, Pokémon Arceus, solely supplied three shades of individual, translucent white (howdy), barely tanned, and a lighter brown.
The very same slender vary appeared in New Pokémon Snap, additionally out final yr. As YouTuber Soul’s Story Mode put it a few months in the past, “They’ve given us an honest number of choices, and I’m not going to knock that, however I’m a black man and I can say with certainty that I’m undoubtedly darker than the darkest choice that they’ve. At this level, we’re just about simply settling for the closest we are able to get.”
Even much less spectacular is the vary of hairstyles any of the video games have let gamers choose. At every current recreation’s launch, there’s one type for boys, one type for ladies, and that’s it. Get to a city with a hairdresser, and you may choose from a small vary of types that unquestionably lean towards non-black hair. You realize, there’s facet parting, the “medium and wavy,” a bowl minimize, lengthy hair… And someplace within the center, “Braids.”
Yesterday’s trailer revealed some huge variations.
Factor begin off fairly predictably. You’ve got the Victorian college uniforms on the usual Pokémon white children, then the whiter-than-white faces of the newly revealed Professors, after which, amusingly sufficient, the very pale-faced set of starter Pokémon. After that there’s yet another white coach, pleasingly extolling the virtues of science, earlier than…what’s this? Within the distance? It’s…individuals of coloration!
It’s at this level that the sport introduces one other of its very cool new options, four-player co-op. And as an instance this, we get to see two black characters, Harry Potter, and a Japanese woman.
Subsequent, discover the hair. All 4 have totally different hairstyles, which possibly means that if we’re not getting a full character customizer earlier than we begin taking part in (which absolutely, absolutely shouldn’t been too far-fetched a want in 2022), on the very least there’s greater than one coiffure to select from the beginning. Admittedly, this implies the bar is within the floor. Nonetheless, whereas some could have their reservations about how lengthy this took or what number of choices may nonetheless be in retailer, simply this small look speaks to many who haven’t seen themselves mirrored within the standard franchise. There’s a very good cause the tweet under has hit over 108,000 likes since yesterday.
Now if solely all of them didn’t should put on that creepy-ass Catholic college uniform.