WHEN Pokémon Let’s Go was revealed last year, GameFreak promised ANOTHER new game for 2019.
That game has been revealed as Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, new ‘core’ role-playing games coming out for Nintendo Switch.
The three new starter Pokémon for Generation 8 have been revealed
The games’ logos have also been shown for the first time
Players will venture to the Galar region, where they will meet new starter Pokémon grass monkey Grookey, fire bunny Scorbunny and water lizard Sobble.
A whole new generation of Pokémon are coming too, along with a region full of adventures.
Both Nintendo and Pokémon teased the reveal with three Pokéballs — the spheres players use to capture and store the game’s titular monsters — but offered no new information.
Fans correctly guessed that the three balls represented three new ‘starter’ Pokémon that players are introduced to at the start of a new game.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo trailer 2019
Nintendo / GameFreakScorbunny is a fire rabbit Pokémon that will feature in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
Is it set in the UK?
Some pre-announcement rumours suggested that the new region would be based on the UK – but were they correct?
The trailer showed off the new region with a distinctly European-looking industrial city, as well as bucolic pastures and a district of lakes.
It also features a cold and treacherous area to the north, featuring snow-covered mountains.
We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
Nintendo A city shown in the trailer does look much more European than Japanese
The region has a large city in the centre, surrounded by bucolic countryside – and a cold, hilly region to the north
Will the new Pokemon RPG on Nintendo Switch be in the core series?
Back in 2017, Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara promised a “core RPG Pokemon title on the Nintendo Switch”, the Verge reported.
Very few details have been released but we do know it is different to its Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! titles.
This game is aimed at both new players who first played Pokémon Go and the Let’s Go games, but is also meant for fans of the original titles looking for a fresh challenge.
Does the Pokemon RPG follow Sun and Moon?
It is technically a follow-up since the last games in the core series were Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Those were in turn enhanced versions of Pokemon Sun and Moon on the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo The names and release dates were revealed, alongside some preview gameplay
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Is this just a follow-up to the Let’s Go games?
It is possible this will incorporate some of the elements of the Let’s Go games, as that is currently the only example of a Pokémon game on a traditional console.
All previous versions of the main series have only come out on handhelds such as the Gameboy or Nintendo DS.
The launch trailer didn’t offer many hints to gameplay, but did seem to confirm the return of random battles, with a player encountering a Pikachu while walking through some long grass.
As with Let’s Go, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be coming out on Nintendo Switch, in “late 2019”.
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