Just a few weeks after Nintendo's big February 2019 Direct, the company has announced another presentation, this one focusing entirely on Pokemon. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield
The presentation was roughly seven minutes long and revealed the Gen 8 starters, Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny. It also showcases the Galar Region, where the two games are set. Interestingly, the location seems to be inspired by Britain, and at one point the main character is shown wearing a soccer uniform and walking in a stadium. The shape of the region is very reminiscent of Britain, as is the location of the biomes. There are also some smaller touches like cottages and other buildings that look distinctly British.
The Pokemon Company has said the game will be released in the latter half of 2019 and will receive simultaneously worldwide launches.
Developer Game Freak has previously said it is looking into allowing players to use their older Pokemon in the new title, although nothing concrete has been announced.
The latest Pokemon games, Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee, released on Switch last November. The pair is a remake of the Pokemon, featuring the same setting and original 151 Pokemon. However, they also diverge from the series in some dramatic ways; Unlike most mainline games, they do not feature abilities or held items, and they eschew wild Pokemon battles for Pokemon Go's catching mechanics.