We can just never get enough of Pokemon, right?
Earlier this week, The Pokemon Company announced in a dedicated Pokemon Direct that new adventures are coming exclusively to Switch. They've hit the absolute sweet-spot in lead time too, set to launch in the latter part of this year, the release is simultaneously tantalisingly close and frustratingly far enough to create enormous hype, something Nintendo rarely seem to get wrong.
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.
The environments look diverse and, quite frankly, bloody beautiful. Inspiration from contemporary success' such as Breath of the Wild seemed to have leaked in, whilst gameplay seems to have stayed pretty true to the original format, from what we can tell. Though, never scared of new technologies, we're sure Nintendo have got some new feature up their sleeves.
“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.”
As Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company explains, the Pokemon games have existed for as long as I remember- myself only predating them by a year- which might explain the certain sense of Stockholm syndrome obsessiveness that us 20-somethings seem to have for them.
Fans have, predictably, been theorising about what newness will be included in the games, with a popular guess being a new Eevee-lution offering. Keen eyes have placed their bets on a Steel-Type Eevee, taking cues from environments and even the 'sword' and 'shield' namesakes of the new games.
Confirmed additions to the Pokemon roster include the three new starter Pokemon that the player chooses from at the games outset. 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.
Watch the preview here: