New Pokémon Sword and Shield Details Revealed
A recent issue of Game Informer has revealed some interesting details about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, including a restructuring of the series tried-and-true gym format, the lack of move-teaching Hidden Machines (HMs), a new experience (EXP) system and new autosave features.
Shigeru Ohmori, the game’s director, described the gyms as being structured in a manner similar to minor and major sports leagues this time around. “There are 18 different types of gyms in the story, and depending on the version, which gyms are in the minor league and which gyms are in the major league are different,” he says. “For example, in Sword, the fighting-type gym will be in the major league, but in Shield, the ghost-type. The idea is that every year, the Galar region is playing and which gyms make it into the minor league versus the major league changes.”
The game will also forgo the inclusion of HMs and will not see the return of the Exp. Share item, which in previous installments allow the player to split the experience earned in battle between all Pokémon in the party. Instead, all Pokémon will now automatically receive equal experience from battle. Auto-saving has also been added in as a new feature, but it can be turned off if the player wishes.
Pokémon Sword and Shield is set for a global release on November 15th, 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!
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