Pokémon Sword and Shield Readies Month of New Info
Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have begun a month’s worth of information in the lead up to Pokémon Sword and Shield. The early news for the month consists of more information regarding the game’s raids, autosaves, the reasoning behind cut Pokémon, and more.
The previously announced Max Raid Battles, named for the raids in Pokémon Go, are attempting to strike a balance between difficulty and accessibility. The raids will not be exclusive to hardcore players, but some planning and preparation will be necessary to complete many of them. Raids will be rated on a one-to-five-star scale, meaning there will also be easier raids available for players who want to ease their way into them.
For the first time in the series, Pokémon will be implementing autosaves. This is in part due to the Wild Area, where the game will switch to state of constant synchronization, allowing the game to save in the background. This feature will extend to the rest of the game as well, though the option will be present to turn it off for those who wish to manually save like in previous games.
In more minor details, HMs will not be in Pokémon Sword and Shield as they did not align with the greater sense of freedom Game Freak wanted to impart. Additionally, the item Exp. Share has been made permanent, so every Pokémon in the party will earn experience equally throughout the game. In regards to the exclusion of certain Pokémon from the game, Game Freak wanted to remain adamant that excluded Pokémon will appear in future iterations of the game and that the decision to take Pokémon out of the game was to include features that would otherwise have not been able to.
Pokémon Sword and Shield is the eighth-generation Pokémon game set in the Galar region. The game will be available on the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.
Source: Game Informer