With one week left before the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Game Freak has released a sneak peek at one of the music tracks featured in both versions of the game. It's a song penned by Undertale creator Toby Fox, and thanks to a letter from Fox accompanying the preview, we now know a bit more about when we'll find the track in Sword and Shield, as well as how the indie developer came to write a Pokemon song in the first place.
Last week when Fox announced that he'd have a song in Sword and Shield, he clarified it isn't "like a main track or anything." Beyond that, there was no telling what to expect. As a composer, Fox has terrific range, so he could conceivably write music to accompany any kind of scenario or level of intensity you might encounter in a Pokemon game.
Listening to the new preview, the high BPM and blazing synth horns make it seem like we probably won't hear Fox's song in a Pokemon Center or on a chill stroll. This banger sounds more like battling music than anything else.
In his letter about the song, Fox says that he simply asked some developer friends at Game Freak if he could contribute a song to Pokemon someday and was given a "yes" on the spot. "They immediately told me a concept for a song I could make, and, as I walked home, my heart was burning with inspiration," writes Fox. "A melody entered my head, and as I stumbled past salarymen in the dark, I sang it to myself over and over so I wouldn't forget it!"
Fox's letter warns that you won't be able to hear this "fierce track full of explosive power" in-game until you after you reach the ending of Sword and Shield:
It's the only song I made, and you can't hear it until you beat the game, so... make sure you enjoy GAME FREAK's music properly first, OK!? Adachi-san and Ichinose-san worked hard.... Don't rush through the whole game just to hear my song.... (No one would actually ever do that.)
This is Fox's second musical contribution to a Game Freak title—he wrote most of the soundtrack for Little Town Hero earlier this year. On his own time, Fox is still hard at work on Deltarune, the follow-up to Undertale.
Pokemon Sword and Shield will come out for the Nintendo Switch on November 15. For more, check out USG's guide to the differences between Pokemon Sword and Shield.