Developer Game Freak Publisher Nintendo, The Pokémon Company Format Switch Origin Japan Release January 28

The Pokémon Presents livestream in August provided a deeper look at the region of Hisui (a historical version of Diamond and Pearl’s Sinnoh), confirming what we all suspected from the February teaser: that this is an open-world game and, going by the moment the player swoops across the landscape on a Braviary-borne glider, one that takes a rather large leaf out of Breath Of The Wild’s book. Sword and Shield’s Wild Area was a step in that direction but, with catching and battling now integrated into the environmen­t, this seems to promise an evolution for a series that has been tapping ‘B’ for decades.

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