Also say hello to newcomers – Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble!
By Adam Bankhurst
Update 2/28, 11:00 am: Since the announcement of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, we have learned a bit more about what Pokemon fans can expect in the Pokémon Generation 8 adventure that comes on Nintendo Switch.
We already have almost two dozen Pokemon confirmed to appear in the Galar area in Sword and Shield. You can check them in the gallery below.
And although we do not have many details about the region itself, such as the name of the specific version of Pokemon, we know that the trainers will explore the Galar region, which IGN has a full map to consult . .
If you'd like to see our best guess as to what will come from Sword and Shield, check out a series of IGN employee drawings showing what the starter Pokémon's evolutions probably will not look like.
Original story follows:
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have announced Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The announcement was accompanied by the first images of the new Pokémon title and the revelation that it would take place in the Galar region.
We also got a glimpse of the new sources of grass, fire and water – the Grookey Pokemon Chimp, the Pokemon Scorbunny Rabbit and the Pokemon Sobble Water Lizard.
The trailer featured Pokémon battles, beautiful backgrounds, weather effects and more.
As for the Galar region, it would contain many environments, including "an idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests and rugged mountains covered with snow".
Coaches will continue to train their Pokémon and compete in the gyms, while seeking to win the championship and becoming the best, as no one has ever been.
Pokémon Sword and Shield will be available worldwide on Nintendo Switch by the end of 2019. Preorders for Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword are available on Amazon. For a complete overview, check out our guide to Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword orders.
Adam Bankhurst is an IGN journalist who is eager to take the sword and shield later this year! You can follow him on Twitter @ AdamBankhurst.