'Pokémon Sword' And 'Shield' Announced For Nintendo Switch, Releasing Late 2019

As revealed in a Pokémon-exclusive Nintendo Direct this afternoon, the next instalments in the Pokémon franchise with be Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

These new, fully 3D RPGs will take players to the Galar region, a new setting that channels England with its quaint cottages and towns of industry. Gyms: confirmed.

For this new area you'll get a choice of three new Pokémon: a fire type called Scorbunny, a water type called Sobble, and the grass type nobody will pick called Grookey.

Check out the games' trailer, below.

Producer Junichi Masuda has said that Sword and Shield are "built with all audiences in mind". The games follow the 2018 release of the Yellow remake, Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee and Pikachu.

The games will be released later this year, for Nintendo Switch. One to book a few extra days off for, over Christmas? We're marking our diaries already - see you in Galar.

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