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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already being streamed by players before its official release

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already being streamed by players a week before its official release
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Many players have reportedly got a copy of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, before its official release date, and they are streaming the game.

Although The Pokémon Company's habitual mystery surrounding forthcoming releases and the lack of English press reviews or final thoughts, Arceus is very much in the public domain this week.

Interestingly, spoilers for the highly anticipated Switch game have begun to surface online, and it's also easy to see people stream big chunks of the game, particularly on TikTok and Instagram.

Gamers have also begun copying the game's contents to the PC, according to social media users, in order to unearth all of the game's secrets before hardly any other players get their hands on it.

Once the streams are detected, Nintendo or TPC will most certainly shut them down, although at the time of publication, at least 10 Twitch users were streaming the game. It's unclear whether or not these copies were obtained legally.

The pre-release leaks are yet another blow for the Pokémon Company, which has been hit by a slew of high-profile data breaches in recent years, some of which have resulted in legal action.

Twitch users began live-streaming early versions of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl as early as ten days before the game's official release in November.

Last year, Nintendo publicly severed connections with a Portuguese website when it was discovered to be behind certain pre-release Pokémon Sword and Shield leaks.

Many Japanese video game blogs have started giving their initial impressions of Pokémon Legends: Arceus following a recent hands-on event in Japan, ahead of the game's release next week.

"It's reasonable to say that this game is radically different from prior games," Famitsu said, praising the game for taking the Pokémon series in a new direction.

"The thrilling feeling of roaming around freely in the huge field was the first thing that struck me when I first started playing."

Its article also highlighted the way Pokémon could be discovered freely roaming about each region, as well as the thrill of not knowing which species they would encounter each time they arrived at a new one.

The ability to ride Pokémon was also praised, with a reporter for Famitsu claiming that it made traveling the wide world more interesting, especially when used a flying-type Pokémon.

"It's exciting just to be able to fly freely in the sky," it continued, "but it's even more fun to seek for Pokémon that appear small below you."

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