Just a couple of days ahead of E3 2019, Nintendo will be broadcasting a new Nintendo Direct livestream on June 5 – one that promises to showcase new details on the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The Nintendo Direct, which will be 15 minutes long, will air at 9 a.m ET / 6 a.m PT on Nintendo’s YouTube and Twitch channels. That’s about 9 p.m SGT – local Pokéfans, remember to set your alarms!
What We Know So Far
This is the first wave of new information we’ll be getting about Pokémon Sword and Shield, ever since the games were first revealed in February. These titles are the next generation of Pokémon games, coming to the Switch by the end of this year.
During Nintendo’s last announcement, fans were introduced to the new region of Galar – said to be inspired by the UK. Fans were also introduced to the Galar region’s adorable starter Pokémon: grass-type Grookey, fire-type Scorbunny, and water-type Sobble. In case you missed it, here’s the trailer from the previous announcement:
Unlike Let’s Go Pikachu/ Eeevee, Pokémon Sword and Shield follows the standard RPG-style of past Pokémon titles. The game will be featuring actual wild Pokémon and trainer battles, along with actual Pokémon gyms.
What to Expect
With an all-new Pokémon Direct coming up, regarding the first new region since Pokémon Sun and Moon a couple of years back, fans are buzzing with excitement as to what will be revealed!
Based on past announcements, we can definitely expect to see more of the Galar region – perhaps additional footage of the trainer going around the region, or taking on a gym challenge.
We can definitely also expect to see Sword and Shield’s new features highlighted! The game’s first trailer showed hints of players being able to mine (a feature last seen in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum) or take part in what looks like a sports festival (another old feature, last seen in HeartGold and SoulSilver). Uniqlo has also already revealed that players will be able to customise their outfits once more.
We’ll probably also get a glimpse at new Mega Evolutions (possibly Flygon, based on the first trailer), as well as this region’s new Legendary Pokémon. Regardless of what will actually be in the trailer, we’re sure it won’t disappoint.