Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Release Times: Preload Unlock Explained

    Release Information for the upcoming Pokémon games!

    Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are on the horizon. When exactly do they come out though?! We’ve got your back trainer! Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release information incoming!

    When do Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Release?

    Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are releasing Worldwide on Friday, November 18, 2022. The exact release date varies due to different regions and time zones. Fret not, you’ll be enjoying the game with everyone around the world at roughly the same time.

    When Does The Physical Copy Release?

    The physical copies of the game will be in stock in retailers on Friday, November 18, 2022.
    If you ordered the game(s) online you may get it on launch day or later depending on factors such as your location or shipper. Some retailers such as GameStop will be having a late-night launch at midnight Friday, November 18, 2022. Check with your retailer of choice to make sure.

    When Does The Preload Unlock?

    The preloads will unlock at midnight EST November 18, 2022. Different regions will have a similar unlock time, around midnight on launch day. Some Time Zones will have different unlock times. For example, CST in the US will unlock at 11 pm on Thursday, November 17, 2022 instead of the EST midnight unlock.


    We are all eagerly awaiting our next Pokémon adventure. Whether you’re waiting on a package, going to pick up your copy, or preloaded the game, hopefully knowing the times you will get your copy will keep you sane. If you are having trouble picking which version check this article out. Well, you could also buy the Double Pack for both games. Depending on how indecisive or lonely you are. We won’t judge either way!

    Payne aka PayneFusion is a huge fan of JRPGs. SQUARE ENIX owns his heart, especially their 'FINAL FANTASY' series. He is currently an aspiring artist and a studier of Japanese.

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