The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have finally revealed that the next generation titles in the Pokémon series – titled Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield – will be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year! This announcement was made earlier this week in a Pokémon Direct.
The game will be taking place in the Galar region, a brand-new region which is seemingly inspired by the UK. This isn’t really too much of a stretch since it’s a tradition for Pokémon regions to be based on real-life locations.
Along with its giant size, this region also offers an “idyllic countryside and contemporary cities—vast plains and snow-covered mountains”.
In the trailer, we get to see the boy and girl playable trainer characters. Both have yet to be named, but it’s very possible that they could simply be called Sword and Shield.
As the gameplay portion of the trailer ends, we see what looks like to be a soccer field that one of the main characters walks towards. This may mean some kind of Pokémon soccer mini-game is in the works.
Along with the new visuals, gameplay footage and character tease, we get our first glimpse of the three starter Pokémon of this region as the trailer comes to an end.
We have yet to see any other Gen 8 Pokémon in action but with events like E3 in the future and with the possibility of another Direct, it shouldn’t be too long of a wait for more Pokémon news and Gen 8 Pokémon to be revealed.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are slated to release worldwide later this year and are now available to pre-order from major retailers.
And that’s everything! So, which version are you planning to buy, Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield? Which starter Pokémon has your pick? Let us know in the comments below! And as always, any feedback or suggestions you may have are appreciated.
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