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Pokemon Legends: Arceus' Creepy New Trailer Is Turning Heads

Since its announcement, it has been clear that "Pokemon Legends: Arceus" will change the series, but the latest trailer has an unexpected inspiration. Previous gameplay trailers for "Pokemon Legends: Arceus" seemed to have taken inspiration from games like "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Monster Hunter," but the new trailer's tone felt like something straight out of a horror movie. Titled "Rare footage of the Hisui region discovered!" the video is roughly two minutes of handheld VHS footage of someone exploring the Hisui region, where "Pokemon Legends: Arceus" takes place.

The footage is all incredibly low quality, to the point where nothing is really visible and the accompanying audio sounds garbled. The person holding the camera first discovers some Snorunts before venturing further into the forest. There, they discover what might be the Hisui version of a known Pokemon. It's hard to see what the Pokemon is, but the person in the video thinks it might be a Growlithe or a Vulpix, but dismisses the idea.

"The tip of its tail is red and swaying," the person said. "It's adorable! The White fur on the top of its head and around its neck is so fluffy. Its eyes are round and yellow." Then, the horror elements kicked into high gear with a surprising twist.

Who's that Hisui Pokemon?

The person in the video was attacked by something shortly after declaring the Pokemon's cuteness, and the rest of the video was just a black screen. The Pokemon Twitter account shared the video, asking people to analyze it and report back their findings. The part about the tip of its tail being red and swaying made the Pokemon seem familiar to some gamers. One Twitter user guessed that the unidentified Pokemon could be Flareon, a fire evolution of Eevee.

The trailer is getting plenty of attention, especially since it mentions rare Pokemon that haven't been highlighted in previous games. While there have been creepy elements in past "Pokemon" games, typically centered around ghost-type Pokemon, the new trailer gives off strong "Blair Witch" vibes. Some people are just confused by it, while others are into the strange tone. It's hard to say if this will be reflected in the game, especially since the gameplay trailers didn't show anything similar. On the other hand, "Pokemon Legends: Arceus" is taking the future of the franchise in a new direction, so anything could happen. "Pokemon Legends: Arceus" releases on January 22, 2022.