Pokemon Sword and Shield finally has a release date. It was revealed during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, and it’s sooner than we expected. The game is going to be released on November 15th, but that’s not the only thing they revealed. If you scroll down, you’ll find a trailer which shows off a bunch of new pokemon (including legendaries), locations and some of the big new features.
It’s good to see a game trailer that’s longer than 20 seconds. It starts off pretty tame – the three starter pokemon, the meadows and industrial areas we’ve already seen in the previous videos, some NPCs. Soon enough, new stuff starts appearing. There are three new pokemon – a bunch of chili peppers, a sheep with braids and a mechanical turtle. There’s some new environments there as well – mines, deserts, icy caves, forests and such.
And then there’s suddenly a giant Gyarados fighting against five trainers. Their regular pokemon don’t seem to be doing much against it, so one of them uses a giant pokeball to embiggen their Raichu. The feature is called Dynamax, and it’ll allow you to push certain pokemon over the limit and make them insanely large. We don’t know much more about it, but it’s also be available all three of the starters.
The last portion of the video is dedicated to a short meeting of the two new legendary pokemon – Zacian and Zamazenta. They’re wolves, both of them – the former wields a sword using his maw, while the latter has a shield around its head. Sword wolf and shield wolf, hence the name of the game. They start off as bitter enemies, but are quickly united against something off-screen. It’s got to be something pretty nasty when it has these two on edge.