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Pokemon Sword and Shield Officially Announced for Switch!

During the 2019 Pokemon Direct, President and CEO of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, revealed Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch. This eighth generation Pokemon games are coming sometime later in 2019.

It will be released worldwide simultaneously. Junichi Masuda will be the producer on Pokemon Sword and Shield, while Shigeru Ohmori will be the director.

The games feature a trio of new starters, the fire rabbit Scorbunny, grass chimp Grookey, or water lizard Sobble. After you choose one, you get to go on a quest around the new Galar region. Nintendo describes Galar as a land “filled with idyllic countryside” and “contemporary cities,” as well as “vast plains and snow-covered mountains.” There’s also clearly some European-inspired architecture.

The trio of new starters

From left to right

  • Grookey – (Grass-type) The Chimp Pokémon!  This mischievous Pokémon is full of boundless curiosity.
  • Scorbunny – (Fire-type) The Rabbit Pokémon!  Scorbunny is always running about, bursting with energy.
  • Sobble – (Water-type) The Water Lizard Pokémon! Sobble is a bit timid, shooting out attacks as it hides itself in the water.

the official blurb

During a Pokémon Direct presentation today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the newest additions to the main series of Pokémon role-playing video games. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shieldwill be launching late 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

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.

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.”

The adventure begins in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield when players choose one of three new Pokémon—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.



Pokemon Sword and Shield will be available for Nintendo Switch at late 2019.

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