The Nintendo Switch is getting the next-gen of critter capture games with the release of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games that will put players in an open world filled with cute creatures, adventure, and the possibility of fame and fortune.
The games, developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, take place in the Galar region. This is a large, narrow strip of land that is one of many on the Pokémon world. It is host to a sprawling countryside – with numerous biomes including rolling grasslands, rocky badlands, and snowcapped mountains – as well as country villages and an industrialized urban city.
Many of the cities have built giant Pokémon Gyms stylized like football stadiums for battles. They will also be filled with non-player characters who will provide quests and assistance. Some merchants will run shops that will sell consumable items and allow for cosmetic changes. There are also ways for players to use their Pokémon to aid cities through municipal work.
Gotta catch’em all as a Pokémon trainer in these beautiful games
Just like every other Pokémon game in the series, players will be tasked with setting off on a journey to become the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world. Battling Gym owners is a major component of progression through the world and the game.
Players will begin the game alongside their rival, Hop, and begin their trek with one of three starter pokémon: Grooky, a monkey-like grass pokémon; Scorbunny, an energetic rabbit fire pokémon; or Sobble, a timid chameleon water-type pokémon.
The pokémon-filled, countryside called the Wild is a heavy focus of the game along with a free camera that provides a freedom of action and decision that will give players a great deal to do. The untouched natural regions of Galar also feature dynamic weather – which will affect what types of pokémon appear at any given time.
Sometimes they get big! Discover “Dynamax” and “Gigantamax” pokémon
It’s also possible to discover cooperative raids against gigantified “Dynamax” and “Gigantamax” pokemon. These colossal pokémon are a temporary mutation that causes them to grow huge in size. Multiple characters will be required to take down these massive pokémon – fortunately, it’s also possible to Gigantamax player’s own pokémon in order to battle them.
Players will also be able to make camp in the Wild and unleash their pokémon from their pokéballs. This allows a chance to play and interact with their pokémon in social ways as well as cook different types of curry that will provide bonuses to pokémon that eat it.
The game also introduces a new minigame system, mentioned above, akin to a jobs system. With this, pokemon will be sent to do work around cities and towns to gain experience and earn rewards. Jobs pokemon could do include cooking and fixing city infrastructure (imagine a Pikachu repairing the electrical grid).
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield emerge from their pokéballs on Nov. 15 with a worldwide launch as an exclusive for the Nintendo Switch.