Pokémon Sword and Shield are two new games introduced by Nintendo to immerse us in the adventures of the eighth generation of Pokémon. A seven-minute video introduced us to the Galar region and the three starters: Ouistempo, Flambino and Larméléon. Disappointment, this is not the long-awaited franchise revolution.
At a Pokémon Direct, Nintendo has released two new games for the franchise: the eighth generation will be represented by Pokémon Sword and Shield. Both titles are expected to be released by the end of 2019, probably in November, on Switch.
The plot takes place on the‘Galar Island. From the images seen in the announcement video, it seems that Game Freaks was inspired by the England of the industrial revolution to create many of the environments. We even recognize the city of London. It is a habit among developers to take existing countries or cities as a model for creating new regions. Japan, the United States or France have already been used as a basis in previous opus.
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You’d expect big changes to the Pokémon license after a move to the Switch and a game that was meant to be more ambitious than Let’s Go Pikachu and Evoli, but no big changes on Sword and Shield. The gameplay remains the same, the game looks very directive and linear, and we go back to random Pokémon encounters, when you could see them wandering around in the wild on Let’s Go.
As usual, we have the choice between three starters at the beginning of the adventure:Ouistempo (Plant type), Flambino (Fire type) and Larméléon (Water type), which you can see in the visual above or discover in the video below. These are the only three new Pokémon being introduced at the moment, so the information should come in dribs and drabs throughout the year.