No, Pokémon Arceus Legends is not an open world game. There are no more doubts about it, since it was The Pokémon Company to confirm it.
The dilemma on the open world nature of Pokémon Arceus Legends, taken for granted at the time of the announcement, emerged a few days ago with the publication of a new trailer dedicated to Pokémon Gifts. Bringing it to the fore was Pokémon expert Joe Merrick, who in the game map shown in the gameplay video noticed the presence of distinct and separate sections, which in an open world he would never have expected to see.
The discussion that followed came to the attention of The Pokémon Company, which released an official statement about it: “In Pokémon Arceus Legends, Jublife Village will serve as a base for inspection missions. After receiving a assignment and preparing for the excursion, players will be sent outside the village to explore one of the several open areas of the Hisui region. After completing their inspection tasks, players will need to return to the village to prepare for the next job. “.
The Pokémon Company has therefore clearly and definitively confirmed that the region of Hisui (which we remember being the Sinnoh of the past) will be divided into different macro-areas to be explored, as is also the case in games such as Monster Hunter and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. What do you think about it?