At lengthy final, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company gave followers their first take a look at Pokemon Sword and Shield, the upcoming “core” Pokemon RPGs for Nintendo Switch. The pair are slated to reach later this 12 months and happen in an entirely new region called Galar, which appears to be impressed by Britain.
Like different areas within the Pokemon sequence, Galar is an unlimited and various backdrop, spanning stunning countryside and frigid mountains. It’s additionally residence to an array of new and familiar Pokemon, together with a new starter trio: the Grass-type chimp Grookey, the Fire-type rabbit Scorbunny, and the Water-type lizard Sobble.
Beyond that preliminary glimpse, The Pokemon Company hasn’t divulged many particulars about Pokemon Sword and Shield simply but, however the video games’ announcement trailer did reveal a couple of different noteworthy tidbits (and tease some mysteries). Here are the largest takeaways from the trailer.
Random Encounters And Wild Pokemon Battles Appear To Be Back
The newest Pokemon video games, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, triggered some ripples amongst followers for eschewing wild Pokemon battles in favor of Pokemon Go-like seize mechanics. As we see early on within the new trailer, nevertheless, it appears wild Pokemon battles are as soon as once more a central part of Sword and Shield. In the video, the participant coach encounters a Pikachu whereas exploring a patch of grass, and she or he sends out a Minccino to battle it.
Moreover, it seems the upcoming video games will revert again to random encounters, very like older titles. In Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, gamers have been capable of spot wild Pokemon on the overworld earlier than participating them, however the trailer for Sword and Shield means that Pokemon will as soon as once more randomly beset you if you stroll via tall grass, caves, and different environments.
Gyms Are Returning
One of the methods Pokemon Sun and Moon shook up the sequence’ method was by changing Gyms, a staple of the franchise because the days of Pokemon Red and Blue, with a brand new kind of problem referred to as trials. As we see within the trailer, Game Freak is bringing Gyms again for Sword and Shield. In protecting with custom, every is themed round a particular Pokemon kind, and gamers might want to conquer all of them as they journey throughout the Galar area so as to grow to be a Pokemon Champion.
Sword And Shield Are Still Very Traditional Pokemon Games
Prior to Sword and Shield’s reveal, there was a lot hypothesis over whether or not the upcoming Switch video games could be a dramatic departure for the sequence. Every new Pokemon technology carries with it sure expectations, and that was very true of Sword and Shield, that are the primary new technology to debut on a house console. As such, many followers anticipated it to be a Breath of the Wild-type leap ahead for the franchise.
As was evident within the trailer, nevertheless, Sword and Shield are at their coronary heart nonetheless very a lot conventional Pokemon video games. While the titles are indisputably vaster and extra stunning than any earlier entries, they stick carefully to established Pokemon conventions. That actually is not to say they will not introduce new parts to the sequence. The Pokemon Company has solely given us a cursory glimpse on the video games, so it is a lot too early to inform whether or not or not there can be different notable variations. Based on what we have seen, nevertheless, longtime followers ought to know what to anticipate from the journey.
You Can Wear Different Outfits
Since Pokemon X and Y, every successive Pokemon RPG has positioned a larger emphasis on character customization, and it seems that pattern will proceed in Sword and Shield. While we do not but know if you’ll once more be capable of customise your coach’s bodily look, it not less than seems you’ll don completely different outfits. Throughout the announcement trailer, you may see the male participant character sporting a pink shirt and beanie, however towards the tip of the video, he will be seen sporting a soccer-like outfit.
Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch in late 2019. We do not but know what number of new monsters the pair will introduce, however the announcement video did showcase numerous returning Pokemon; you may see every Pokemon from the trailer here. For extra information concerning the titles, make sure you try our Pokemon Direct recap.