New Pokémon RPG for Switch Announced! Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Coming Late 2019 (official PR)

Bellevue, WA—February 27, 2019—During a Pokémon Direct presentation today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the newest additions to the main series of Pokémon role-playing video games. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be launching late 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games take place in the Galar region. Galar is an expansive region with diverse environments— an idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forest, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. The people and the Pokémon who live there work together closely to develop the industries in the region. Fans will have the opportunity to visit various Gyms in the Galar region in their quest to become Champion. They will not be alone, since the newly discovered Pokémon they choose to be their first partner will be by their side.

“Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest exciting adventures in the Pokémon video game journey that began twenty-three years ago on this day,” said Mr. Ishihara. “Since then, Trainers around the world have discovered new Pokémon, engaged in epic battles, and made countless memories along the way. We look forward to continuing this journey by exploring a stunning new region in the Pokémon universe when the games launch later this year on Nintendo Switch.”

The adventure begins in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield when players choose one of three new Pokémon—Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. Grookey, a Grass-type Chimp Pokémon, is mischievous and full of boundless curiosity. Bursting with energy, Scorbunny, a Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon, is always running about. The stealthy Sobble, a Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon, shoots out attacks as it hides itself in water.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit: https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/.


Wed Feb 27 19 09:22am
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Well fine it happened. It's gorgeous, and I'll get some Humble Pie while checking out the local Soccer match. And the Starters are cute the Internet be dumbs.

Gyms be back which is annoying but so are Wild Battle Encounters which made the Trailer for me! Princess_Eevee9 • an hour ago
I was wrong, I'll say it again, but judging from reactions people are so warm unlike when Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon got announced. And yowza, I loved each and every Starter from the moment I saw them which never happened. Usually took me couple months, but not this time, Galar sounds like Galeem so now I shall be making Smash references for no reason but cause I'm weird. Also that Soccer/Fütbal match was intriguing yet still doubt is Wales/UK based region. Aegislash confirmed ya'll, and what will be the gimmick for this Region or will there be none? And potential Cross-generarion Evolutions will make a comeback too?

Wed Feb 27 19 10:28am
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Team Sword for sure!!

Disappointed that it seems it’s gone back to blind wild battles. I loved seeing the Pokemon in the wild in Let’s Go. Ah well. Not a big deal

Yay Gen 8 is here

Oh man I'm already having a hard time picking which starter is my favorite because I am loving all three of them.

Dont look like they went full 3d like most want. seems some fix camera areas and some isometric few cameras, similar to the other pokemon games.

diddy kong
Wed Feb 27 19 12:48pm
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Ultra disappointing graphics, almost like a 3DS title to me. Especially textures are of very low quality (see clothes etc) and the art direction is extremely simple. Game Freak is a multi-million company, they can surely do better than this.

To be fair the game is still in development and won't come out until the end of the year

Wed Feb 27 19 02:28pm
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They’ve never really come across as a developer who wants to push the tech. Pokémon will never get a huge visual upgrade until the games fail to sell or someone else is given the gauntlet. So never, basically. For better or worse, it is what it is.

Anybody else see the Stark Direwolves?

The game is pretty but still very traditional to a fault. Like the others have stated Gamefreak won't ever push the boundaries with graphics/artstyle. We'll see how it goes though.

A few things I would like to see but probably won't:

Character customization with hair style, different skin tones other than white/tanned, and clothing options.

A break from the traditional single mother raising a child who decides to leave home scenario. It would be nice not to be 10.

A more mature story/story telling. No more friendship, sunshine and rainbows.

Character and Pokemon development. How do these Pokemon animals interact with their environment and other Pokemon. Show it in the games instead of the Pokedex entries. For example Pidgey eats a caterpie.

Mechanic wise do away with the HM slaves. Make HMs abilities that doesn't use a move slot

Wed Feb 27 19 03:48pm
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Most of those things were in SuMo. You could choose skin color, no HMs, nontraditional structure, and the story was probably as dark as Pokemon will get. Pokedex entries were by far the darkest and most overtly "this Pokemon kills this Pokemon" or even saying how Pokemon kill people in various ways.

Pokemon protags will always be children, sorry to say, but these games are for children first and foremost. The story will never be grimdark for the same reason.

I stopped playing after XY so that's good to hear that hm slaves are no more.

I disagree about Pokemon being for kids though. That's just an excuse for Gamefreak. I'm okay with kids being in the game but I don't need for a character that is supposed to be me to be a child.

As for the dark storyline that's not what I am advocating for. The story in Pokemon games are presented very elementary. Disney can even approach mature things and still be for kids for instance the Lion King.

And while I would love to see Pidgey eat a Caterpie, I understand why it won't happen but it can be implied. One method is through the Pokedex entries like you mentioned.

The other way would be to show just enough details for older players to make an inference. For example the player character walks through viridian Forest one morning and a flock of Pidgey are picking on a Caterpie. The player can try to save the Caterpie or watch Caterpie faint.

It's still early though maybe Game freak will surprise us

Can't say I'm terribly impressed. It has the same problem as Link's Awakening, in that it looks like an upscaled 3DS title. The starters look like they were designed from a template. Horrifically boring subject matter for a region, should have picked something like South America with tons of biodiversity and interesting biomes rather than foggy London town.

That said I hardly buy these games for anything besides catching and raising Pokemon, so it will be the Pokedex that sells me. I was hoping to go into this with no spoilers, but I'll need to be impressed this time.

This game is going to sell a bajillion copies. There are some nice graphics here, and some not so nice. I hope it gets spruced up even more before release.

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