The Pokémon Company and Game Freak have announced that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will release on Nintendo Switch, revealed in today’s Pokémon Direct presentation.
This is the core Pokémon RPG that The Pokémon Company president and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara had teased were in development at E3 2017, and, as expected, will mark the start of Generation 8.
The games will take place in the Galar region, which appears to have taken inspiration from the United Kingdom.
“Galar is an expansive region with many environments, containing idyllic countryside and contemporary cities, vast plains, and craggy snow-covered mountains,” explains Game Freak director Shigeru Ohmori.
“The people and Pokémon live here, and they work together to develop the industries in the region. Here in this region, you’ll visit Gyms with the newly-discovered Pokémon you choose to be your first partner, aiming for the enviable and admirable title of Champion.”
Once again, you can choose from three starter Pokémon: the Rabbit Pokémon, Scorbunny; the Water Lizard Pokémon, Sobble; and the Chimp Pokémon, Grookey.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide in late 2019.