We now know when Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will come out

By Steven Rondina


Jun 1, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet had its second trailer debut and fans now know when the games will be released.

The Pokemon community has finally learned when the ninth Pokemon generation will begin. The games will have a number of interesting new features to go along with a batch of new Pokemon.

With Pokemon Legends: Arceus seemingly having no DLC coming, the path is clear for the next mainline games in the franchise. Fans can now circle a date on their calendar for the game.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be released on November 18, 2022

Pokemon fans will be able to get their hands on the games well in time for Christmas. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have a release date of November 18, 2022. The games are currently available for pre-order on the Nintendo eShop. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are also already available with most retailers.

The November release date is in line with almost every major Pokemon video game release in recent years. Ever since Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, every mainline game has arrived in November. This also includes Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu. The last mainline Pokemon game to come out outside November was X and Y in October 2013.

The sole exception to this is Pokemon Legends: Arceus, which was released on January 28, 2022. That game is technically a spin-off rather than a mainline part of the series.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet double pack coming

Alongside the regular individual releases, double packs will be returning for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Pokemon Sword and Shield received this treatment. Depending on region and retailer, two versions of the double pack came out.

Some regions got a simple cardboard box that contained both copies of the game. In some cases, players were able to get a striking steelbook cover alongside the box as a pre-order bonus, with one side showing Zacian and the other showing Zamazenta.

It’s unclear if this will also be the case for these games but something in this vein is very likely. Expect various retailers to reveal their own pre-order bonuses as well as some manner of early-adopter mystery gift.