The E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation starts on June 11 and many fans are looking forward to some exciting Pokemon Sword and Shield information for the first time since its initial reveal.
Initial reveal on Pokemon Day
Pokemon Sword and Shield was announced on Pokemon Day in 2019, February 27. The reveal, firstly, included the new Pokemon game’s titles (Sword and Shield) and took many by surprise. Sword and Shield were two of the less speculated names, although a couple of sources did leak as such, but didn’t get as much traction as others.
The reveal was essentially a two minute trailer that showed several locations within the Galar region as well as glimpses and names of the new starter Pokemon.
This tease provided enough information to appease Pokemon fans but three months on, the need for more details has returned. This begs the question, what can we expect to be revealed at Nintendo’s E3 presentation?
Gen 8 Pokemon
What does a new generation of Pokemon bring? More new Pokemon, of course. Sword and Shield brings in Gen 8 of the Pokemon games and consequently fans are desperate for glimpses of the new monsters.
Around 100 new Pokemon are expected to be added, taking the total Pokemon count to around 910.
Within those new Pokemon, we will naturally see an array of types, but more notably the next reveal could include some of the much discussed legendary Pokemon.
Evolution of an existing Pokemon
Others we might see are new evolutions (or prevolutions) of existing Pokemon. While these are always exciting additions to the game, the prospect of getting another Eevee evolution trumps this.
The fan favorite Pokemon gets a new evolution on even number generations. With this being the introduction of generation eight, it seems almost likely (fingers crossed) that we will indeed get a new eeveelution.
There are still a lot of types a new Eevee evolution could be including ghost, steel, dragon and even a normal-type!
Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble evolutions
The new Sword and Shield starter Pokemon, Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, were received positively by Pokemon fans. Their varying personalities seem to have struck a chord.
Their evolutions still remain a mystery though. Plenty of concepts have been made to show what their evolutions could look like. Some of these have been incredibly realistic, so much so they look like they could have been a leak.
Whether or not Nintendo will reveal some of these at E3 2019, or make us wait closer to release, remains to be seen.
More than the Galar region?
The Galar region appears to exhibit more traits of the region it is based upon than any Pokemon game previous. It is widely accepted that the Galar region is based on Great Britain due to its biome and landmarks.
The question everyone wants to know though, is there more than just the Galar region. Even in the lead up to the reveal, the official Pokemon Twitter account teased previous regions.
This, and the geographical location of the Galar region, has led many to believe a return to the Kalos region will be part of the game. This would make sense given the Kalos region is based on France, just south of Great Britain.
Release date revealed?
One of the more likely reveals will be the release date of Pokemon Sword and Shield. It is currently listed as late 2019.
E3 2019 takes place five months before the traditional release of Pokemon games. The speculation is Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on November 15.