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    Thread: [OT] Pokémon Sword & Shield | Forge a Path to Greatness

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      [OT] Pokémon Sword & Shield | Forge a Path to Greatness

      The first core Switch RPGs in the series



      Pokémon’s first mainline Nintendo Switch games are Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, The Pokémon Company has revealed. They’ll launch later this year.
      The games are the first totally new, traditional RPGs in the series since Pokémon Ultra Sunand Ultra Moon in 2017. A trailer showed the games’ fully 3D setting, with new areas and trainers. The region is called Galar, described as a more modern setting by director Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak. It looks to be a factory-heavy one, with cranes, trains, and steelworks. The Pokémon Company adds that it is “idyllic countryside and contemporary cities — vast plains and snow-covered mountains.”


      The Galar region. Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, NintendoWe also see trainers fighting in actual Pokémon stadiums — grassy arenas that resemble soccer fields. One trainer even walks out in a uniform, suggesting something more akin to the anime’s interpretation of the Pokémon world. Other areas include a mine, a library, a train station, and a much bigger, cuter hometown than ever before. (Ivy-covered door frames!) But as seen in the map above, the Galar region also certainly has plenty of snow to trek through; it also looks much more north- and south-oriented than previous worlds, which should make for an interesting journey.


      Sword and Shield will feature actual wild Pokémon battles, unlike the most recent Nintendo Switch games, and the usual trainer battles. There will be both new Pokémon and the reappearance of Pokémon from previous generations. (We saw monsters like Pikachu, Tyranitar, and Munchlax, for example.) There will also be the return of actual Pokémon gyms, according to the games’ website. The seventh-generation games, Sun and Moon,replaced these with island trials, a fun diversion from the usual Pokémon mold — but we missed proper battles against gym leaders and trainers. (Although none were seen in the trailer today, unfortunately.)
      Also shown were the newest trio of starters toward the end of the debut trailer: grass-type Grookey, fire-type Scorbunny, and water-type Sobble.


      The new starters: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, from left to right. Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, NintendoSadly, no other new Pokémon were shown, including the starters’ evolutions, but we have time to see more before launch.
      This morning’s Pokémon Nintendo Direct presentation was timed with the franchise’s birthday. Pokémon turns 23 today, with the original Game Boy games having launched in Japan on Feb. 27, 1996.
      The Pokémon Company first announced in 2017 that Pokémon games for Switch were in the works. In spring 2018, those games were revealed: Pokémon: Let’s Go!, a pair of newcomer-friendly Pokémon Yellow remakes. At E3 later that same year, the company made sure to tell fans that there were more hardcore, traditional, new Pokémon spirits also destined for the console.
      Earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed a late 2019 window for the next Pokémon games, in line with the traditional release schedule for the series. Let’s Go! launched on Switch in November, much like the previous mainline RPGs in previous years.
      For more from Sword and Shield, check out the gallery below.



































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      Pokémon Sword and Shield coming to Nintendo Switch Nov. 15




      Eighth-gen Pokémon arrive in time for the holidays




      Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the eighth-generation Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch, will be released worldwide on Nov. 15, 2019, The Pokémon Company announced on Wednesday during a Pokémon Direct livestream.
      Starting today, Pokémon fans can pre-order a double pack of the game, which includes bothPokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Here’s a look at that double pack and the box art forPokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, featuring new legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta.


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      Pokémon Sword and Shield are set in the new, U.K.-inspired Galar region and will introduce eighth-generation Pokémon to the series. Those new Pokémon include Sword and Shield’s starters, Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, who will be part of a brand-new story. Pokémon Sword and Shield will also introduce a new generation of Pokémon, including newcomers like Wooloo, Gossifleur, Drednaw, and Corvniknight. Sword and Shield will also have a new system called Dynamax, which will make Pokémon huge.

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      No, Pokémon Sword and Shield is not reusing models from recent Pokémon games




      All models were remade from scratch, says Game Freak





      Game Freak’s highly unpopular decision to limit Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Pokedex spawned a rumor that the studio was reusing models from recent 3DS games, making it too much trouble to include older models. But an interview in Famitsu, recently surfaced onsocial media and the Pokémon subreddit, specifically refutes this.
      Somehow, this wasn’t noticed (and Game Freak didn’t repeat these explanations in their response two weeks ago), but developers rebuilt from scratch all of the models for Pokémon Sword and Shield, meaning the reused-assets rumor is bunk.
      According to a translation (last month) of the interview (also last month) Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori said that it was difficult enough bringing in a full Pokédex (now numbering 809) into 2016’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. The Switch’s improved graphics and visual fidelity has since lengthened the development time necessary to render Pokémon, they explained, so the decision to limit a game’s Pokédex would have been made sooner or later. It was made with Sword and Shield, so everyone’s getting this out of their system now.
      A couple of finer points on this to remember: developments like Mega Evolution and Dynamax, which affect all Pokémon, have considerable effect on development, balancing and artwork, to give a sense of what Game Freak is staggering under after 20 years of games.
      And further, the Pokémon Home storage system will be able to highlight Pokémon in future games even if they’re left out of Sword and Shield. That said, it’s uncertain whether Pokémon will be added to the games in post-release updates.

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      no, pokémon sword and shield is not reusing models from recent pokémon games


      okay...................

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      Pokémon Sword and Shield adds new Galarian forms of old Pokémon



      Weezing, Zigzagoon, and Linoone have a new look



      Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed new details on Pokémon Sword andPokémon Shield today, including that some returning Pokémon will have new Galarian forms and evolutions, including a very good, very British Weezing, who now sports a polluted “mustache” and a top hat/smokestack extremity.
      Two other Pokémon are also confirmed to have Galarian forms: Zigzagoon and Linoone, both of which are now black and white, and looking a bit more like they’ve joined a furry KISS cover band. Linoone also has a new evolution, Obstagoon, which further proves the de Rochefort Pokémon evolution theory known as Four Legs Fluff, Two Legs Buff.
      Obstagoon is an evolution exclusive to the Galar region, according to the official Pokémon website. Known as the Blocking Pokémon, Obstagoon is a dark/normal-type that uses Obstruct to goad opponents into attacking.
      Elsewhere in today’s reveal trailer, we get a look at a brand-new, hamster-like Pokémon named Morpeko and new rivals Bede and Marnie — and Marnie’s most devoted fans, Team Yell.
      Pokémon Sword and Shield is slated for release on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch. The new game will introduce eighth-gen Pokémon and the new Galar region. Sword and Shield will also add new mechanics like Dynamaxing and Gigantimaxing. The game is also getting its own limited edition Switch Lite hardware on Nov. 8, featuring the new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

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      Pokémon Sword and Shield’s new villains are ... Team Yell?



      The pitfalls of being an influencer




      Every Pokémon game has a group that’s up to no good, but it seems that developer Game Freak is trying to make its villain topical this time around. Today’s new Pokémon trailerrevealed Marnie, a goth woman who will be your rival. She’s apparently big enough that she has a rabid fanbase who will fight for her, and they’re known as Team Yell.
      How devoted is Team Yell? Well, for one thing, the dudes literally carry around Marnie posters. It’s all a touch weird and uncomfortable, but it fits with today’s world of influencers and stans. Who hasn’t gotten attacked on Twitter for saying something untoward about a celebrity?
      Based on what little we know of the game thus far, it seems that Sword and Shield will take on what it’s like to be famous. You could think of big trainers as Pokémon influencers. To wit, Leon, the regional champion, is known as a famous figure whose design includes a cape full of brands.
      We also know that gym battles take place in stadiums, and previous trailers have taken care to highlight all the cheering fans. A leak from earlier this year, which is increasingly looking more and more real, also notes that the upcoming games will require you to get “endorsements,” a key part of being an influencer.


      NintendoPokémon Sword and Shield, which releases on November 15 for Nintendo Switch, takes place in the UK-inspired Galar region. The upcoming monster collecting games will include all-new creatures, though the title has come under fire for having a limited roster. New features include Dynamax and Gigantamax, both of which make Pokémon huge and powerful.
      Sword and Shield’s starters are Grokey the grass-type monkey, the fiery Scorbunny, andSobble, the sensitive water-type.

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      Pokémon Sword and Shield let Pokémon get jobs in Galar’s gig economy



      New Poké Jobs let your Pokémon earn valuable experience





      One new feature coming to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield that wasn’t touched on intoday’s video update is something called Poké Jobs, which lets Pokémon pick up freelance work across the Galar region.
      According to the official Pokémon website, Poké Jobs consist of part-time work at corporations and universities. Trainers can look for Poké Jobs at the Rotomi at Pokémon Centers. Examples include construction work (probably a good fit for a Machoke), cooking, and farming. One Poké Job listing advertised is titled “to protect our investments,” which either means some security-type gig or street-level enforcer work for the Galar mafia. The former is probably a safer bet.
      “The Pokémon you send will help out with the job, and the experience will even help them grow,” the official Pokémon website reads. “There are many different Poké Jobs available. You’ll find that certain Pokémon types are suited for specific jobs, too. Helping out for a long time or sending as many Pokémon as you can on a job can also net some good results. You might even receive some rare items!”
      We’ve known that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield would have some working Pokémon since eight-gen additions like Corviknight (a flying taxi/raven) were announced. It’s clear that some other Pokémon, like new grass starter Grookey (which can restore plant life) and Drednaw (which would make a great excavator) might also be tapped for labor. We should’ve seen this coming, given Detective Pikachu’s treatment of Pokémon as part of the workforce.
      Pokémon Sword and Shield is slated for release on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch. The new game will introduce eighth-gen Pokémon and the new Galar region. Sword and Shield will also add new mechanics like Dynamaxing and Gigantimaxing. The game is also getting its own limited edition Switch Lite hardware on Nov. 8, featuring the new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

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      Pokémon Sword and Shield will include autosave, a series first



      It should help out if you stumble on a difficult encounter and want to try again




      Pokémon Sword and Shield, arriving on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch, will include an autosave feature.
      According to an interview with GameInformer, Game Freak director Shigeru Ohmori said autosave will be running in the background all throughout the game. Fans who want a more traditional experience can turn it off, which will require them to pause the game and note their progress in the in-game journal in order to save. But autosave will be turned on by default.
      “It’s a new feature we’re implementing: full autosave functionality,” Ohmori said in the interview. “Traditionally in Pokémon games, it’s an important thing to write your report to record your save, and that’s always been a staple, like, ‘Remember to save your game!’ We do have an autosave feature this time, where you can just adventure and it’ll constantly save the game.”
      The team behind Pokemon Sword and Shield are clearly thinking outside the box this time around. The game will include eighth generation creatures, including one shaped like a teapot and another who’s a ghost. It will also allow Pokémon to get jobs, picking up some extra cash in the Galar Region’s gig economy. Sword and Shield will even add new mechanics like Dynamaxing and Gigantimaxing. The game launches around the same time as its ownlimited edition Switch Lite hardware, which arrives on Nov. 8. That device will include new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

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      Pokémon Sword and Shield needs 10.3 GB of storage to download




      It’s more than double the size of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and
      Let’s Go, Pikachu!





      Based on the download cards for Pokémon Sword and Shield that have started to appear in stores, the game will need 10.3 GB of free space to download onto your Nintendo Switch.
      For context, here’s a list of some of the file sizes of Nintendo Switch games:

      • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — 13.4 GB
      • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Let’s Go, Eevee! — 4.1 GB
      • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 8 GB
      • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (with DLC) — 16.9 GB
      • Splatoon 2 (with Octo Expansion) — 7.2 GB

      That said, this will be the biggest Pokémon game to date, and while it won’t be the biggest Nintendo Switch game (there are many bigger), the game will have tons more content than the two Let’s Go games.
      We already know the game features an open world section called the Wild Area, as well asnewPokémon and newGalarianforms of older Pokémon. Even without a national Pokédex, the regional ‘dex is looking like one of the biggest we’ve seen, which likely contributes to the games’ size.
      Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch.

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      How to preload Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch




      Download early so you won’t have to wait on release day




      For anyone who wants to play Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield the second the game unlocks, preloading is a must. Now players in North America, Europe, Japan, and other territories can preload the game on their Nintendo Switch consoles.
      To do so, just hit up the respective page forPokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield onNintendo’s website or the Nintendo Switch eShop and go from there, depending on which game you’re going to purchase. Keep in mind that this means that you’re pre-purchasing it, so if you still can’t decide which version you want to buy, you should probably wait.
      We know that Galarian Ponyta and Sirfetch’d are exclusives to Shield and Sword,respectively, but outside of a small handful of other Pokémon, we don’t have a concrete list yet. Waiting might be the best choice if you’re really set on a specific Pokémon.
      Keep in mind you’ll need about 10 GB of storage space to download Pokémon Sword orShield, if you need to clear some room on your Switch.
      Pokémon Sword and Shieldrelease for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15. The games are bringing a new set of Pokémon, the new Gigantamaxing and Dynamaxing systems, as well as the ability to make special curries for your Pokémon. New Galarian forms of existing Pokémon like Galarian Weezing and special evolved forms of pre-existing Pokémon like Obstagoon will also be featured in the game.

     

     

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