Ever since Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were leaked, fans have been worried about the two games being rather short. However, unlike 2019’s Sword and Shield, the new Nintendo Switch Pokémon games will have a rather lengthy playtime.
If you’re one of the players worried about a short playthrough, don’t fret. The Pokémon Company claims it’ll take you at least 30 to 40 hours to beat Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Pokémon Sword and Shield were notorious for having short campaigns. Although, two expansions and raid content did eventually make them feel longer. Thankfully, it seems that Game Freak listened to criticism when it came to that regard, so fans can expect a longer journey with Fuecoco, Quaxly, and Sprigatito.
During an interview with Oricon (translated by Reddit), The Pokémon Company claims that players will have 30-40 hours to spend on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet if they are “used to the game.” Even more interesting is that the interview claims first-time players might be playing the game for 60 hours, which is pretty significant.
"For those who are used to it, it will take about 30 to 40 hours,” claims a representative from The Pokémon Company. “For first-timers and those who have been for a long time, it will be about 60 hours.”
Add the time players will be spending on multiplayer activities and that should lead to a solid 100-plus hours, depending on the player. Pokémon has always made trading and multiplayer battles a major selling point, not to mention the giveaways that are done with the Mystery Gift function.
Overall, fans who were burned by Sword and Shield will likely be happy with the longer Pokémon Scarlet and Violet campaign. It will be interesting to see if these games get the same amount of post-launch support that Sword and Shield did.
Unfortunately, its not yet known if the new Pokémon games will have DLC like Sword and Shield. Since DLC is easy money, especially for a franchise like Pokémon, don’t be surprised if they ended up announcing that in a few months.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 18.