Nintendo debuted with the upcoming Pokemon RPGs for Nintendo Switch this year on its special Pokemon Nintendo Direct on Wednesday morning. In addition to his new Gen 8 entries and the confirmation of several Pokemon back, he revealed a lot about his new setting. Pokemon Sword and Shield takes place in the Galar region and the game video gives an idea of the real context that inspired it.
From what we have seen so far, Galar seems very strongly inspired by the UK. It's full of cottages and Victorian architecture, and a glimpse even showed a tall clock tower that resembles the famous Big Ben tower in London, England. The setting also seems to offer a variety of weather types, including winter weather requiring a change of clothes. You may also notice some scattered mysterious symbols; we do not know if they mean anything yet, but they could be important.
The names "sword" and "shield" also evoke the imagery of medieval knights, often associated with English history. In one tweet As of 2018, Game Freak has specifically labeled Nintendo of Europe. At one point in the trailer, the character takes on a football uniform and enters a huge stadium, which contributes to the European feel.
This is not the first time that Pokemon is installed in a region inspired by Europe. While many of the previous Pokemon RPGs were installed in areas based on Japanese settings, the Kalos region, consisting of Pokémon X and Y, was based in Paris and the surrounding French countryside. Other notable non-Japanese regions include Unova from Black and White (based in New York) and Alola from Sun and Moon (based in Hawaii).
The debut also featured the three new Gen 8 entries, and they are just adorable. We have also gathered all the Pokémon in Sword and Shield that we have seen so far.