Pokemon Sword and Shield have been officially announced, Nintendo's first Pokemon main franchise entries come to the Nintendo Switch. And with the new platform comes a new region for players to explore. Introduction to the Galar region, Pokemon Sword and Shield s UK-inspired land of rolling hills and industrial cityscapes.
The new card for Pokemon Sword and Shield was unveiled fully in today's Nintendo Direct, where the map itself is subsequently shared by Nintendo. It seems to be either an island or a peninsula, arranged in a way that is perfect for a more traditional RPG. It is also an appropriate form of game called Sword and Shield. Players start in the lower area of the card, consisting of small towns and fields. They move further and further north, with cities growing larger and local areas growing more mysteriously along the way.
Compared to the Alkyl Islands Pokemon Sun and Moon who at the same time beautifully restricted something, Galar will offer a wide open region for players to explore on their own. The open landscape must be a revitalizing return to early generations Pokemon filled with forests and fields.
While Nintendo has not officially described the Galar region as based in the United Kingdom, the references that can be downloaded from Pokemon Sword and Shield 's card, make it easy to assume. The northernmost town fits like a London parallel with its own Big Ben clocktower and the Eye of London Ferris wheel. The red and white coloration of the lighthouse along the eastern coast is a common sight in England. The southern town contains what could be Manchester Town Hall clock. There is a lake area, a spin on the Uffington White Horse, and even some standing stones adjacent to Stonehenge and other such monuments.
Some have said that Galar is better described as a European region, rather than a British region, but it does not quite fit. In particular, the region is full of direct references to the United Kingdom, but does not necessarily have any direct references to other European landmarks. And although the continent's form is definitely not akin to Britain's country, a change from former Pokemon games that historically have maintained the shape of the areas they are borne of, perhaps merely indicative of a change in access from Game Freak. It would not be the only change made in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield .
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will release late 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.