Is Pokemon Scarlet and Violet an MMO?

Everything you need to know about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's multiplayer features.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, is it an MMO?

If you’re wondering is Pokemon Scarlet and Violet an MMO, then you’re in the right place. Yes, in this guide, we’ll answer that very specific question. So, without further ado, let’s dive in, shall we?

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Will Pokemon Scarlet and Violet be an MMO?

Interestingly, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will feature online multiplayer for the first time in the series’ history. This means that you’ll be able to party up with up to four of your friends or family and meet up, explore, collect, and battle together.

According to the game’s official site, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will:

[…] Allow multiplayer gameplay with up to four players.? Along with series staples, such as trading and battling Pokémon, you will be able to explore the various locations of the region in these games with other players. You can discover new Pokémon and explore unfamiliar areas with your friends and family, opening the door to an adventure more precious and fun than ever!

Because of the new multiplayer component of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, it’s understandable to think that it could be described as an MMO (massively multiplayer online game). However, traditionally, MMOs feature much larger servers, which accommodate up to 100+ players at a time.

For example, Elder Scrolls: Online would be considered an MMO as it can have up to 600 players on one server at any one time. On the other hand, it seems that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will only be able to accommodate up to four players at a time.

As a result, we’d say that The Pokemon Company’s upcoming collect-’em-up RPG, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, will not be an MMO, but instead, it will be an online multiplayer experience, which is similar but not quite the same.

How Will Multiplayer Work?

According to the Pokemon Presents on August 3, players will be able to visit a Union Circle (shown below) to invite up to three friends to join them in their version of the region of Paldea.

the union circle in pokemon scarlet and violet

You can explore the world, catch Pokemon together that you’ve not yet added to your collection, race across the region on the back of your legendary Pokemon, and of course, trade and battle with each other.

It appears as though anything you can do in single-player, you can also do with friends in multiplayer.

So, there you have it. We hope this helped answer the question: is Pokemon Scarlet and Violet an MMO? For more Pokemon-related content, check out the relevant links below. And as always, keep it locked at Twinfinite for all your gaming and entertainment needs.

Dylan Chaundy
Dylan is a Senior Writer at Twinfinite and has been with the site for over two years, and in the games media industry for over a decade. He typically covers horror, RPGs, shooters, Roblox, indie titles and movies, and loves reading, pizza and skateboarding; ideally, at the same time. He has a degree in English Literature from Aberystwyth University, Wales. He thinks FTL may be the most perfect game ever created.