Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct reveals open-world area, online raid battles and more

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Jun 5, 2019 4:59 PM

Nintendo hosted a Pokemon Direct this afternoon, delving into all things Pokemon Sword & Shield during a 15-minute broadcast. The pair of Switch exclusives will be launching on November 15th, 2019, available individually or as part of a double-pack bundle if you’re feeling particularly flush.

The good news is that Pokemon Sword & Shield come packing a raft of changes to the long-running formula which help freshen things up somewhat. Online raids? Why not. Open-world areas with freely roaming Pokemon and dynamic weather systems? Sure. A Raichu 100x its normal size? Yes, please.

Pokemon S&S’s Wild Area is probably going to garner the most attention. It appears to be a massive area which connects all of the game’s cities. In here, the Pokemon roam about in the wild and different Pokemon appear at different times of day, or during different weather. It’s here where some extra online elements can be found as well, such as the ability to partner up with three other players for giant-sized raid bosses.

And, of course, there’s going to be a whole new generation Pokemon to capture. The names of most of them absolutely flew right over my head, although I have to say I’m partial to a bit of Wooloo. It’s a ‘Sheep Pokemon’, which makes sense because, well, it’s just a sheep. Or is that a ship?

A new pair of Legendary Pokemon will also try to tempt fans into buying one game over the other (or both), and this time we get Zacian (Sword) and Zamazenta (Shield).

Pokemon is already the highest grossing media franchise on the planet. Pair this up with the skyrocketing sales of the Switch consoles and I can already picture the mountainous piles of cash about to come Nintendo’s way. The week of November 15th is shaping up to be heaving now though, with Pokemon joining the ranks of Death Stranding, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Shenmue III. My wallet shall be feeling woeful.

You can see the full Pokemon Direct for yourself below.

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02:50 Jun-06-2019

Still waiting for Pokemon Gun...

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20:29 Jun-05-2019

Those flagships look dumb af.

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18:03 Jun-05-2019

...I can't help but think that Zamzenta looks really dopey, definitely prefer fabulous Sif, aka. Zacian, there.
And I totally want a Wooloo shaped pillow.
Aside from that, those changes sound interesting . . . another reason to finally get a Switch.

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17:46 Jun-05-2019

yep, I'm gonna get sword, I like both legendaries, but sword's seems sleeker. I love the open world idea, but raid bosses are peculiar, could be really interesting though.

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17:17 Jun-05-2019

I'm actually excited for this! It's amazing that I still enjoy these games as a grown adult. I started playing Pokemon in Gen 1 in the 90s and I just can't let my childhood go lol. I hope that I can move my super team to this game from Sun and Moon via Pokebox.

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09:34 Jun-06-2019

yeah a lot of it's nostalgia I think, but they're a fun time and they never take themselves too seriously, which is a nice change from a lot of RPGs.

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