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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is just around the corner, and that means Nintendo will be working overtime to keep a lid on leaked footage from the game as the occasional retail copy goes on sale ahead of the official launch date on January 28th.
It also means the internet will become a minefield of spoilers threatening to undermine the surprise and joy of a new, open-world Pokémon adventure. People are already posting ominous photos of boxed copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus – the question is when, not if, they will pull the trigger.
- Latest trailer offers a generous portion of gameplay footage
- Pokémon strategy guide leakers were sued for $150,000 last year
- Nintendo cut ties with a Portuguese site over leaks in 2020
Big spoilers: Images and gameplay footage detailing the story, setting, missions, and – of course – the Pokédex are already circulating. Retail copies of the game also appeared on eBay at surprisingly sensible prices.
PokéLeaks: One of the drawbacks of physical releases is that they necessitate a chain of trust and tolerance of a certain loss of control. Nintendo is not particularly trusting and really rather controlling, and thus the hunt for the wicked leakers begins.