During a special Nintendo Direct for Pokemon Day, Nintendo finally revealed its upcoming Pokemon games for Nintendo Switch, which appear to represent Generation 8. Named Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, the games will be released “late 2019”. You can see the game in action in the trailer below.

The games take place in a new region called Galar, which in appearance resembles Great Britain. The three starter creatures were featured in Nintendo’s Pokemon Direct presentation; they are a grass monkey named Grookey, a fire bunny named Scorbunny, and a sad water lizard, Sobble. Gameplay was shown in the Direct but wasn’t detailed extensively, although it looks like it will bring back random encounters, among other things. We’ve rounded up the main takeaways from what we’ve seen so far to help you know what to expect.

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sword and shield are directed by Shigeru Ohmori, who previously directed Sun and Moon and has been working on the series since Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire in 2002. Following the Sword and Shield trailer, which you can watch below, The Pokemon Company has announced that she was working more in the Pokemon franchise in addition to these new titles. No other details have been confirmed.

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The Pokemon Company first announced it was working on new Pokemon games at E3 2017. Since then, the publisher hasn’t said much else about upcoming titles – only that they are “basic Pokemon RPG titles” and they would. launch in the second half of 2019.

The “core RPG” description contrasts with the most recent Pokemon games, Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, which released for Nintendo Switch in November 2018 as remakes of sorts of Pokemon Yellow. They incorporated some elements of the Pokemon Go mobile phenomenon in an effort to bring new players into the main series.

February 27 is Pokemon Day, The Pokemon Company‘s annual celebration of its massive pocket monster franchise. Pokemon Go is holding a special event, with Generation 1 creatures appearing more frequently along with shiny versions of Pidgey and Rattata.

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