Yesterday was naturally Pokemon direct, a commemorative event to celebrate 23 years since the launch of the original Pokemon games on the Gameboy. Originators of the now monolithic series that I’m both proud and a little depressed to admit I purchased all those years ago. The event was also an opportunity to flaunt upcoming projects that will continue the series extensive success. And with the announcement of a new mainline Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch, Gamefreak really couldn’t make any more money if they were printing it themselves!
Announced by Nintendo Companies president and CEO Tsnuekazu Ishihara, with a canny out of sync American accent, Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield”, because colours, letters, minerals, the phonetic alphabet, constellations and types of soil have been totally exhausted by this point, will be the first primary titles released for the hybrid console, and as such the first in the mainline series that can be played on home console as well as on the move. There’s no confirmation as to how many features used in last year’s experimental Switch entry “Pokemon Let’s Go” will be consolidated into Sword and Shield, if any, but expect to see some overlapping properties. Which will no doubt infuriate some hardcore purists who want the series to change but at the same time remain exactly the same.
What we can ascertain from the brief Gameplay shown and from the “not actual game footage” footage is that there will be a new, surprisingly quaint Victorian setting to explore, evil cultists hell-bent on passively taking over the world and new exotic creatures to imprison, train a force into combat against other equally submissive convicts. Huh, when you put it like that, it makes you want it even more! Check out the reveal trailer below. Cheers.