Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has finally been released and fans all over the world are starting their journey through the new Paldea region. Devoted followers of the Pokemon franchise are now able to explore the latest entries in Nintendo’s widely popular franchise.
Scarlet and Violet will be the first Pokémon game to support open play between the two versions via cooperative gameplay – hence why millions of players had been itching to dive into the stunning world of Paldea. Reviews for the most recent installments have also been made public – with many praising its ambition, but citing some performance issues.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet now released
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is finally here after Nintendo released it on Friday 18th November 2022 for a majority of regions. However, due to time differences, the West Coast technically saw the game go live earlier on November 17.
As for the exact release time, both Pokémon Scarlet and Violet followed the same procedure as previous Nintendo Switch games, which have both digital and physical releases. The digital version was made playable first at 9pm PST on Thursday 17th November, which is Friday November 18th 12am GMT (UK) and 12am CEST for Europe.
Here’s our breakdown of official release times for each region:
Official Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release Time US (East and West Coast)
- West Coast (US): 9pm PST on Thursday 17th November
- East Coast (US): 12am ET on Friday 18th November
Official Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release Time UK
- 12am GMT on Friday 18th November
Official Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release Time Europe
- 12am CEST on Friday 18th November
Official Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release Time Asia
- Japan – 9am JST on Friday 18th November
- Singapore – 8am SGT on Friday 18th November
- South Korea – 9am KST on Friday 18th November
Official Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release Time AUS/NZ
- 11am AEDT on Friday 18th November
Remember, Pokémon Scarlet or Pokemon Violet will roughly need 10GB each, so 20GB if you have both versions of the game. Therefore make sure you have enough storage and know how to download the game from the eShop.
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Next take some time to read some quick guides, so you are familiar with the different story modes, the map of Paldean and upcoming events, such as the Tera Raids.
If you haven’t decided which version to get, then have a look at the differences, as both versions will have its own exclusive Pokemons. You can find all about the different Pokémon Starters right here.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – Expected Release Time
What time does scarlet violet release?
Nintendo made the digital version of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet playable at 9pm PST / 12am EST on Thursday 17th / Friday 18th November.
Is scarlet violet out yet?
Yes, both versions of the latest entries are out. Nintendo made the game available for their platform on November 17, 2022 in some regions, while most were able to play the game on November 18.