Pokemon Sword and Shield's First Trailer Shows Off Idyllic British Countrysides, and Three New Starters

Pokemon Sword and Shield's First Trailer Shows Off Idyllic British Countrysides, and Three New Starters

Welcome to the world of Galar and see your three new companions.

This morning, Nintendo unveiled the newest Pokemon mainline games for the Nintendo Switch: Pokemon Sword and Shield. The two new Pokemon games are set in what looks like an idyllic British countryside called the "Galar Region."

Pokemon Sword and Shield are the first mainline Pokemon games developed for the Nintendo Switch, and it certainly shows in how the world of Galar looks. It's very similar to how Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee modernized the world of Pokemon Red and Blue.

While the trailer served as an extended highlight reel, there were some details you could gleam from it. The setting is very much inspired by the English countryside, just as the previous Pokemon regions were inspired by real locations like Hawaii and New York City. The full map includes industrialized towns and craggy, snowcapped mountains.

We also got a first look at the three new starter Pokemon. There's Scorbunny, a fire-type bunny; Sobble, a water-type chameleon; and Grookey, a grass-type monkey. They seem okay from what you see in the trailer, but of course at this point you can only really base them on cuteness.

Other features include character customization, day and night cycles, random Pokemon encounters, and some kind of soccer-style mode, possibly. Pokemon Sword and Shield is directed by Sun and Moon director Shigeru Omori.

No release date yet for Pokemon Sword and Shield, but we know the two games will be coming out some time this year. Check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield guide for everything we know.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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