The Pokémon franchise started way back in the 1990s and over the course of two decades it has become responsible for creating the childhood memories for quite a large number of gamers and Japanese anime fans alike, as the Pokémon brand has found its way in many mediums: video games, trading cards, anime, and live-action cinema.  

Nonetheless, the journey first started with Pokémon Red and Blue, first released for Game Boy back in 1996. With Pokémon 2019 release the infamous Pocket Monsters are coming back once again with two versions of the same game, much like every time – Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Pokémon games.

What is Pokémon Sword & Shield?

The latest installment in the Pokémon franchise is developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo as well as The Pokémon Company managing the brand. It’s considered to be the 8th generation Pokémon game and just like the previous ones, it’s a 3D semi-open world adventure RPG that centers around the collection of Pokémon monsters and their use in competitive battle sport.

Pokémon 2019 release will see lots of new Pokémon introduced to the franchise as well as the return of the most famous ones seen in previous generations. The game will be released on November 15th and will be available on the Nintendo Switch console.

Where does Pokémon Sword & Shield take place?

Pokémon Sword & Shield will bring the players to the previously unexplored Galar region of the Pokémon world. The course of the game will include various thematic semi-open world locations, such as the city of Motostoke, also known as the Steam City. This particular location draws a lot after the mood of the Industrial Revolution London from back in the 1800s.

The Galar region in the newest Pokémon 2019 release will also include a PvE zone called the Wild Area. This will be an open-world sandbox zone of the game free to exploration and full of wild Pokémon to catch. The area will have a dynamic weather system that will determine what kinds of Pokémon can the player meet in wild encounters. On top of that, players will also be able to set up a camping tent in this zone.

What about the character customization options?

Even though the Pokémon game series always concentrated on the infamous Pocket Monsters themselves, the Pokémon 2019 release of Sword and Shield games will see the most detailed human character customization yet. The Pokémon trainer that will serve as your avatar in the Pokémon world will, of course, be an anime-style character and you will be able to customize everything from his or her clothing to their very eyebrow thickness.

Will Pokémon Sword and Shield have all Pokémon?

There will be at least 400 Pokémon available in Sword and Shield. It will be a large abundance of the collectable monsters free for the player to acquire, however, it will not encompass absolutely all of the Pokémon that appeared in the games of previous Pokémon generations. We do know that in Pokémon 2019 release, aside from the new collections of Pokémon, we will also see the return of many popular Kanto region creatures from the first generation of Pokémon Red and Blue games, such as Pikachu, Charizard or Eevee as well as Furret from the 2nd generation.

Will Pokémon Sword and Shield have gyms?

Yes, gyms and gym leaders will make a return to the Pokémon game series with Pokémon Sword & Shield. Strangely enough, the gym system characteristic Pokémon franchise was absent in generation 7 which caused an understandable dissatisfaction of the fans.  This will not be the case with Pokémon 2019 release as gyms are going to return once again.

What is the difference between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield?

Just like always, different versions of the same Pokémon game will offer players exclusive Pokémon, this in return should encourage trading between owners of different Pokémon Sword & Shield versions respectively. Both releases will also be differentiated by exclusive legendary Pokémon and also exclusive gyms as well as gym leaders.  

Will Mega Evolution be in Sword and Shield?

The Mega Evolution feature first presented in generation 6 of the Pokémon games (X & Y to be precise) will unfortunately not be present in Pokémon 2019 release of Sword and Shield. Those who played the previous installments in the Pokémon series know that Mega Evolution is a temporary transformation of a particular Pokémon that surpasses even its natural, final Evolution stage. However, there is good news – instead of Mega Evolution, Pokémon Sword & Shield will present a Dynamax mechanic which works in a similar way – temporarily transforming your Pokémon to giant size.

Does Pokémon Sword and Shield have co-op?

The two upcoming versions of the latest Pokémon 2019 release will feature both co-op and multiplayer modes. Players will be able to participate in a new PvE co-op mode that will involve up to 4 people at once. This mode will be called “max raid battles” and have the players join forces in the Wild Area to battle a single Dynamaxed Pokémon that will make up something of a boss fight.

Multiplayer will work either through Nintendo Switch local network or by joining with players online. Additional multiplayer modes include Pokémon Camp which will mostly serve a purpose of social hub interaction and the competitive Battle Stadium in which players will test their dueling skills against each other. 

Will the game have autosave? 

Pokémon 2019 release will finally introduce the autosave feature, which was strangely absent in the previous installments, despite the fact that it would be very useful in games of this type. Pokémon Sword & Shield won’t have this issue as the game will have autosave! Of course, there will be nothing to stop the players from saving the game manually whenever they choose to. No more regrets after choosing the wrong starting Pokémon!

What starter Pokémon will be available at the beginning of the game?

Like in the previous Pokémon installments, Pokémon 2019 release will offer player three starting Pokémon options: grass-type chimp-like Pokémon Grookey; energetic fire-type Scorbunny and Sobble – a little water-type lizard. Their Evolutions are yet to be seen but we can expect that each of them possesses three of them, just like the starters of the previous Pokémon games.

Prepare for the next chapter of your Pokémon journey early on!

Excited about Pokémon Sword & Shield? There are good reasons to be! A 3D semi-open world Pokémon with lots of Pokémon from different generations, new features and an abundance of character customization options. It really seems like a dream come true both for gamers and for the fans of the Pokémon anime TV series! Prepare for Pokémon 2019 release by preordering the game a lot cheaper at the Eneba store! Get the game for November 15th and catch them all!