Arceus gets a horror movie trailer for Halloween

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A screenshot from Pokemon Legends Arceus, given VHS-like artifacts.

Picture: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

It’s fair to say that the world of Pokemon rarely ventures into territories that could be considered “adult”. This family-friendly franchise works extremely hard to make sure, whatever the interest of adults, that it is always open and child friendly. And then today they released a horror VHS short film.

Obviously promotional material for next year Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the video features incredibly unclear, artifact-packed footage of a man exploring the snow-capped hills of the Hisui region. He looks happy at first. He thinks he sees a wild Pokémon. And then the screams begin.

Whatever it is that is very clearly murdering this man, he first thinks it’s a Growlithe, but then a Goupix. The conditions are bad, and although they may look like very different monsters, they to do have a similar silhouette. But he concludes that it is neither.

“The tip of his tail is red and swaying,” he remarks. Then, as he turns his way, he exclaims: “This is adorable!” He has white fur on the top of his head and around his neck, which is apparently very downy. “His eyes are round and yellow,” he adds, as if playing Pokemon Trivia, then at that point, whatever it is, attacks and kills him, presumably leaving his corpse preserved in the snow for generations to come.

And yes, you would be right to ask, “Uh, sorry, I thought Arceus took place in ancient times? Where did they get video camera footage from? But I answer with two answers.

1) Video cameras ARE from olden times, grandma.

2) They’re going to have Pokédex and stuff, right? Players will not take notes on the slate. So maybe they also had cameras?

Blurry VHS footage of some beige Pokémon in the snow, possibly Snorunts.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company

There is clearly more going on here than you might first notice, as associated social media accounts ask people to ‘report your findings’, adding,’ they may come in handy on your adventures. in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. “And, yes, obviously we’re supposed to guess.

It seemed immediately probable to me that it was some sort of Charmander, didn’t it? Red tip of the tail? But no, fluffy fur – surely a Hisui Charmander couldn’t look like this? Responses on Twitter seem to revolve around a Hisuan Arcanine, while others have suggested a Litleo (surely not?), And even a Flaafy variant. I mean, it’s crazy, but it might match the description!

Now we have to wait for the really great / ridiculous people to analyze the video for clues hidden in the artifacts, metadata only visible under an electron microscope, that sort of thing. And it will all probably end with …

However, the final credit must go to a Johnstone, for this extraordinary piece, presumably created using data analysis and facial recognition software:

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