Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are your brand new Switch RPG titles

The Pokemon Company has announced a brand new pair of core Pokemon games:  Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab). The games are set in a brand new location called the Galar Region, which looks to be based on London, or at least the United Kingdom.

Instead of the Trials format that Pokemon Sun and Moon introduced on Nintendo 3DS, you’ll be going back to the Gym battling system of old, with your end goal being to become Champion. 

Three more of the Generation 8 Pokemon were also shown off, the three starter Pokemon. You’ve got the Grass Type chimp Pokemon known as Grookey, the Fir Type rabbit Scorbunny and the Water Type lizard Sobble.  They’ll no doubt join Meltan, the very first Gen 8 Pokemon, which was introduced through Pokemon Go. 

Let’s go down the list:New Game ✅New Region ✅New Pokémon ❓Ready to meet the first three Pokémon that will accompany you on your #PokemonSwordShield journey? 🍃 🔥 💧 pic.twitter.com/e7EhGEihbJFebruary 27, 2019

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It’ll be coming to Switch in late 2019, we’ll no doubt learn more at E3 2019, but for now it’s awesome to see the various new locations – and WEATHER TYPES – you’ll be able to explore, from caves to little villages. It all looks utterly adorable. 

Along the way, there will be many more never-before-seen Pokémon waiting to be discovered! They’re waiting for you, Trainers. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be released simultaneously worldwide in late 2019.#PokemonSwordShield ⚔ 🛡 pic.twitter.com/1AiXNWhGZMFebruary 27, 2019

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