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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Release Date, New Gameplay Trailer Revealed

by Justin Herrick | June 6, 2019June 6, 2019 10:30 am EDT

Later this year, you’ll be able to play the eighth-generation Pokémon game on the Nintendo Switch.

The global release date for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield is set for November 15. Both versions are identical in terms of gameplay, but each offers special cover art for their respective legendaries. Still, Nintendo intends on selling a double-pack which includes the two versions. Yet there won’t be a discount or even an in-game bonus for purchasing this double-pack.

In the latest Pokémon Direct presentation, a gameplay trailer arrived as well:

The Gala region might look familiar, and that’s intentional as it was designed with the United Kingdom in mind. But that’s not all too important in the trailer. As for gameplay, you probably noticed the very large Pokémon near the end. Pokémon Sword and Shield introduce Dynamax, a system that transforms Pokémon into a gigantic stature for enhanced battle.

By the way, the legendaries for this generation are Zacian (Sword) and Zamazenta (Shield). The game also features a handful of new Pokémon to catch in addition to longtime favorites.

Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s starters include Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

When released this fall, Pokémon Sword and Shield will cost $60 each. Nintendo will sell physical and digital copies; however, the double-pack gets limited to the former. If you’re interested in either version, Nintendo and its retailers are already accepting pre-orders.


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Justin Herrick

Justin's interest in the world of gaming started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two decades later he can't take his