Nepgear is cute.
- Jun 9, 2014
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There's also no specific pattern to how those code names are named either:For comparison, some past codenames:
BW2 - Swan (I forget if this was in Japanese or not)
XY - Kujira (whale)
ORAS- Sango (coral)
SuMo- Niji (rainbow)
USUM- momiji (autumn leaves)
LGPE - Beluga
(I can try to get direct citations if you need, but I remember SuMo and SwSh were found in the filenames for the title assets, and XY and ORAS are actually still the process names, so 3DS hackers use them when editing the games)
For seven games in a row, they've never made codenames so on-the-nose as naming it for a specific game mechanic. Why would they suddenly change their minds now?
- SuMo's codename refers to how Hawaii is the Rainbow state
- SwSh's codename refers to the heroes of the Darkest Day
- LGPE's codename is just a reference to software they used to develop those games
This isn't to say that I 100% buy into this rumor, just that dismissing it on the assumption that "Project Kingin is just an incorrect prediction of new Johto games" doesn't really hold when code names have no pattern to them in the first place. In that regard, "Kingin" isn't really on-the-nose in terms of what this game is about anyways.
Besides, doing something just because it's never been done before is actually a reason why Game Freak would give Legends: Arceus such a codename. They always want to do something different, which is why they keep changing everything up even when they finally get something right that people think should be a series mainstay.
This is a very valid way to interpret this, especially since Sinnoh and Johto do have an established connection. However, I think the choice behind the codename is more likely that they wanted to throw people off to prevent leaks and/or wanted to focus on being named after currency. You're assuming Game Freak even remembers the lore connection behind the Sinjoh Ruins in the first place.There also could literally be a heavy relationship with Johto in LA. We know that people traversed from Sinnoh to Johto back in the old days because of the Sinjoh Ruins, and a Johto starter is featured in LA. I think different groups of people from various regions will play a role in LA. I can think of direct links to Sinnoh with each region that is represented by a starter. Johto has the Sinjoh Ruins link, Unova has the Cave of Being that looks like a Lake Trio cave, that's said to lead to the Sinnoh region, Alola has Silvally and RKS links, I think you'll see a group from Johto that worships the creation trio, a group from Alola who worships the Lake trio, and a group from Alola that worships Arceus itself. This would cover the mascot legendary and the two main legendary trios that Arceus presides over, but anyways, back to the whole name thing, I think it was named that in part to PREVENT this game from being leaked. People would read that and assume it's the Johto remakes that people expected would shortly follow a Sinnoh remake.
We know that Legends: Arceus is one of the best-kept secrets ever, literally nobody had a shred of an idea of a game like this existing even when the footage leaked (people assumed that footage was the Sinnoh remakes), so I could see Game Freak throwing a curve ball with that intentional code name. Of course there could be the currency tie-in too, there could be lots of reasons, but I think this was the only leak that actually had information on LA, even if it was pretty vague, nobody could've predicted we'd get a past Sinnoh game lol