New information suggests that Pokémon Legends: Arceus may not allow players to explore the entire map until they have progressed through the game.
New details have come out suggesting that Pokémon Legends: Arceus may not feature an open world as fans originally theorized, leading to backlash online against the game. Images and trailers of the upcoming release have brought on comparisons to The Legend of Zelda, leading to speculation that Pokémon Legends: Arceus would follow in the footsteps of Breath of the Wild and allow the player complete freedom in exploring the map. While this assumption may not prove to be true, it is confirmed that Arceus will shake up the Pokémon format in several other ways.
One of the biggest departures from previous Pokémon titles is the way the player will be able to interact with the creatures directly. Trainers will be able to catch some wild Pokémon without engaging in battle first, but will also be in danger of taking damage themselves if their own Pokémon aren’t present to protect them. New Noble Pokémon will also make an appearance, and trainers will be tasked with calming the creatures down as one of their primary goals. These Noble Pokémon appear to be boss fights and could possibly replace gym leader battles.