Pokemon Sword and Shield Announced for Nintendo Switch
Ron Perillo / 1 year ago
Set in UK-Inspired ‘Galar’ Region
Nintendo is announcing the next generation of Pokemon games they are calling Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Along with new cute characters, the 8th gen region setting called ‘Galar’ takes cues from none other than the UK for inspiration.
Although this is not explicitly stated, it is quite obvious from the trailer footage. The Pokemon company describes it as “filled with idyllic countryside and contemporary cities—vast plains and snow-covered mountains,” which you can see for yourself in the video below:
Previously in the series, other lands include the Pokemon version of Hawaii in Sun and Moon’s Alola, Paris with X and Y’s Kalos, as well as New York with Black and White’s Unova.
The Pokemon company also provides the following map, giving an overview of Galar:
If you look closely at the top-most city, you can even see their version of the London Eye and Big Ben. Although the actual distribution of the towns and layout are altered. It even has a version of the Cerne Abbas hillside giant.
Note the similarities between this hillside image in Sword and Shield and the famous Cerne Abbas giant. pic.twitter.com/iD9AOnOA9n
— David Levesley (@DJFLevesley) February 27, 2019
Beyond the geography, fans of the game are also quick to point out similarities to clothing styles with UK’s own.
So one thing I really love about the Sword and Shield trailer is that the new Lass equivalent has a short tie, like basically every british teenager in a school uniform circa the mid 2000's
That's how you *really* know this one's inspired by the UK pic.twitter.com/kbKvJ8mhCl
— James Whitbrook (@Jwhitbrook) February 27, 2019
When Will Pokemon Sword/Shield Arrive?
Nintendo did not reveal any specific launch dates yet, except for a late 2019 arrival on the Switch.