Here is an overview of the game, via The Pokemon Company:
New Pokemon Snap is a previously announced video game in which players will take on the role of a budding Pokemon photographer in the Lental region. There they will work with Professor Mirror, the region’s expert, on an ecological survey to photograph Pokemon thriving in nature. The game will be available on April 30, 2021, on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.
Wild Pokemon thrive on the islands of the Lental region, where environments can differ greatly, making for a variety of habitats where different Pokemon expressions and behaviors can be observed. Players will be able to get their attention by playing a melody or throwing fluffruit. They’ll also be able to use an Illumina orb (an invention of Professor Mirror’s) on Pokemon to witness something out of the ordinary. They can even use their camera to run scans, which can help them find hidden Pokemon or inspect their surroundings. As players keep researching a course, their research level there will increase, and they may discover Pokemon acting in different ways. Trainers may even encounter Legendary Pokemon or Mythical Pokemon.
A photo’s score will be based on the subjects’ poses, how large they appear, how directly they’re facing the camera, and where they fall in frame. Each photo will get one to four stars, indicating how common or rare the behavior displayed is. Players will have to take many photos to fill out their Photodex, which is their collection of Pokemon photographs.
Photos taken while conducting research can also be saved to a personal album, which is separate from the Photodex. When a course is completed, players can use the re-snap function to adjust the brightness, blur, zoom, and other aspects of their recently snapped photos. After photos are saved to the personal album, a photo-editing mode will enable players to customize their photos with stickers, frames, and filters.
New Pokemon Snap also has several online features that enable players to share photos and compete with others around the world through ranking systems.
New Pokemon Snap is due out for Switch on April 30 worldwide.
Watch the videos below.
Lental Region Snap Guide Trailer
“Legendary Encounters” TV Commercial
“Every Snap” TV Commercial
Update 04/15/21 at 5:35 p.m.: Added English version of the trailer.