Nintendo has confirmed that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have been taken offline for “emergency server maintenance.”
It’s unclear what this particular “emergency” is at this point in time, or even when to expect the servers will be reactivated.
“Service is currently suspended due to emergency server maintenance,” Nintendo explains. “We apologise for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.”
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 are now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide.