Pokemon Sun and Moon Animations Ported to Unreal Engine 4
Gotta get some of that Salazzle-dazzle.
Talented modder and YouTuber CryZENx has ported animations for Incineroar and Salazzle from Pokemon Sun and Moon to Unreal Engine 4. This is a simple animation test, so while it looks like the two Pokemon are squaring off for a fight, you won’t see an actual battle in the video below.
This isn’t CryZENx’s first attempt at taking fan-favourite properties and making them look shiny modern. The modder has a YouTube channel full of videos, including such gems as a recreation of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Gerudo Valley, and an uncomfortably fast Sonic the Hedgehog.
According to a post on CryZENx’s Facebook page, the Nintendo Switch’s ability to run Unreal Engine 4 means it’s possible that a future Pokemon game could look as pretty or better that what you can see in the video above. But, given that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a modernized, but heavily stylized look, it seems unlikely Nintendo would opt to go for something quite as modern as all that.
It would be interesting to see these models—apparently lifted and modified from actual game files—paired with the unused walking animations found in Nintendo’s record-breaking Pokemon Sun and Moon last week.
Now, for an extra dose of nostalgia and longing, check out Hyrule Field from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in Unreal Engine 4: