Nintendo is scheduled to showcase a variety of Switch games at E3 2019 in the coming days. Before that, however, the company dedicated a special, pre-E3 presentation for the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield. During the stream, Nintendo gave us a look at how the Switch games’ world works, as well as new gameplay mechanics (such as Dynamax transformations) and a handful of brand-new Gen 8 Pokemon.
Among many other gameplay details, the Pokemon Direct confirmed Sword and Shield’s release date, and gave us a look at some new Pokemon–including Legendaries–as well as new multiplayer features and open-world elements. There are still some questions we have, such as whether random encounters are completely gone, as it appears, but we now have a much better understanding of Sword and Shield. That’s good news, considering their release is now just five months away.
If you missed the stream, don’t despair; you can catch a video recap above or rewatch the entire event below. It’s roughly 15 minutes long and packed with new Pokemon details, so get yourself some snacks and settle in. We’ve also rounded up all of the biggest news that came out of the stream for you to read below. Once you’ve made your way to the end of this article, you’ll be an expert on everything that has happened with Pokemon Sword and Shield so far.
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