The Next Generation Of Pokémon Revealed: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed the next generation (8) of the Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch system: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The game looks like a return to the more traditional Pokémon formula, after a slight departure with the Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee games on the Switch last year.

Nintendo revealed the new game via a short video. This time around the game will be set in the Galar region, which looks to be loosely based on the United Kingdom. Here’s how Nintendo describes it:

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be set in Galar, an expansive region with many environments—idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon live together in this region, and they’ve worked together to develop the industries here.

You’ll visit the various Gyms in the Galar region, aiming for the enviable and admirable title of Champion!

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The Galar Region

Besides the new region, the starter Pokémon were also revealed. Once again, you will be able to choose from a grass, fire, and water type.

The grass type is a chimpanzee named Grookey (Sarunori in Japanese):

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Grookey

The fire type is a rabbit named Scorbunny (Hibunny in Japanese):

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Scorbunny

Finally, the water type is a lizard named Sobble (Messon in Japanese):

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Sobble

The game is due out “late 2019”. Here’s the presentation:

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