Nintendo’s Pokémon Direct took place on February 27th, 2019 at 9am EST / 6am PST as part of Pokémon Day. During today’s Pokémon Direct, new games Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were announced!
Highly Anticipated Pokémon Games Unveiled via Pokémon Direct
London, United Kingdom—February 27, 2019—During a Pokémon Direct presentation today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the newest additions to the main series of Pokémon role-playing video games. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be launching late 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.
The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games take place in the Galar Region. Galar is an expansive region with diverse environments— an idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forest, and craggy, snow-covered mountains.
The people and the Pokémon who live there work together closely to develop the industries in the region. Fans will have the opportunity to visit various Gyms in the Galar region in their quest to become Champion. They will not be alone, since the newly discovered Pokémon they choose to be their first partner will be by their side.
The Three Pokémon You’ll Meet First!
Your new adventure in the Galar region will begin by choosing one of these three Pokémon.
Category: Chimp Pokémon
Category: Rabbit Pokémon
Category: Water Lizard Pokémon
The adventure begins in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield when players choose one of three new Pokémon—Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. Grookey, a Grass-type Chimp Pokémon, is mischievous and full of boundless curiosity. Bursting with energy, Scorbunny, a Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon, is always running about. The stealthy Sobble, a Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon, shoots out attacks as it hides itself in water.
“Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest exciting adventures in the Pokémon video game journey that began twenty-three years ago on this day,” said Mr. Ishihara. “Since then, Trainers around the world have discovered new Pokémon, engaged in epic battles, and made countless memories along the way. We look forward to continuing this journey by exploring a stunning new region in the Pokémon universe when the games launch later this year on Nintendo Switch.”
The Pokémon Direct, noted above, can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOPVBm0sA7Q