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The Pokémon Company and Game Freak have revealed that you will reach the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield “after about two hours of gameplay.”

Introduced in the Pokémon Direct before E3 2019, the Wild Area is a vast expanse of land in the Galar region, that, crammed with nature as far as the eye can see, connects several different towns and cities.

With the freedom to control the in-game camera, you can search for Pokémon and discover items in your surroundings. The Pokémon that appear will also change depending on the in-game weather, or the location that you are in.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you will choose between three starter Pokémon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – before having the chance to explore the Galar region – with its idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. Challenging the Gyms in the region, you will once again look to become Champion.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 15th.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.