Happy Pokémon Day! In honor of the brand’s anniversary, Nintendo revealed during a Pokémon Direct livestream presentation earlier this morning that two new Pokémon RPG games will debut later this year on the Nintendo Switch.
“Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest exciting adventures in the Pokémon video game journey that began twenty-three years ago on this day,” Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, says in a statement. “Since then, Trainers around the world have discovered new Pokémon, engaged in epic battles, and made countless memories along the way. We look forward to continuing this journey by exploring a stunning new region in the Pokémon universe when the games launch later this year on Nintendo Switch.”
These new games will introduce players to the new world of Galar, an expansive region with different environments — including the country, city, forest, and mountain terrain — for trainers to explore, develop the region’s industries, and train their Pokémon pals at local Gyms. Each player will be able to choose one of three new Pokémon characters to partner with and train — a grass-type chimp called Grookey, a rabbit-like Scorbunny, and a water lizard named Sobble. As the game continues, fans will have the opportunity to discover other brand-new Pokémon in their bid to train and battle Pokémon characters for victory.
During the livestream, the game developers from Nintendo and Game Freak Inc. gave fans a first look at the new world and journeys where players can explore the new Pokémon locales and train, discover, and battle the wild Pokémon characters roaming around.
Both Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword will be released simultaneously worldwide later this year.