The latest generation of Pokémon has been unveiled and looks even more beautiful than the last. Pokémon Sword and Shield are set to be released at the end of this year, with the region of Galar looking suspiciously similar to England.
Nintendo first announced a Pokémon title for the Switch was in development back at E3 2017. Rumors had circulated since that there would be a core Pokémon game in 2019, and after the release of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee last year, there was a hint that some of the mechanics might be changing. After the Pokémon Direct announcement of Sword and Shield, it doesn’t appear there will be too much of a deviation from the mechanics of Sun and Moon, but not enough has been revealed to confirm.
Notably, the trailer shows the player walking around the grass and entering a random encounter with a Pikachu, suggesting that the popular mechanic in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee of pokémon roaming in real time has been scrapped. The free roaming pokémon was perhaps the most popular mechanic in Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee so it will be met with some disappointment.
The three starters were also unveiled. Scorbunny is a fire rabbit, Sobble is a water tadpole, and Grookey is a grass monkey. All three are strong designs and it’ll be interesting to see how each evolves in the later months as more is revealed.
The region of Galar appears to be an expansive region with diverse environments. Plenty of rolling countrysides to mimic rural England, with a large mountainous area in the north, as well as thick forests dotted around the map. There’s a slight industrial theme running through the region which seems to mimic the Victorian period. Previous entries had taken Pokémon to Paris (Kalos), New York (Unova), and Hawaii (Alola), with each generation based on a real word location.
The presentation was all too brief for many Pokémon fans but it certainly inspires the imagination as to the direction of generation eight. Let’s see what the CoroCoro magazines unveil as the release date draws closer…