Pokemon Sword and Shield was expected to be the number topic during Nintendo’s E3 2019 event in June.
This could have meant a lot less time for other Nintendo Switch games, with big updates hoped for on projects like Animal Crossing.
But this week’s big announcement that a Nintendo Direct for Pokemon Sword and Shield will be held on June 5 changes everything.
The new Pokemon Direct is scheduled for next week and will be dedicated entirely to Pokemon Sword and Shield news.
The event will include new information on the upcoming Switch game, with fans hoping for story details and a features list.
But what it also means is that Nintendo will not have to dedicate so much time to the new Pokemon game during their E3 2019 Livestream.
Casting your minds back to 2018 will remind you how much Super Smash Bros Ultimate dominated Nintendo’s E3 last year.
And while it was great to get all that information, it also became an instant turn off for those gamers who weren’t interested in that one title.
Being able to drop 15 minutes from their E3 2019 schedule for Pokemon Sword and Shield means they can offer more news on other projects.
Animal Crossing for Switch, as well as Link’s Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion 3, are all expected to be featured.
But that doesn’t mean that the new Pokemon game won’t be the centrepiece of Nintendo’s E3, with plenty more expected on the subject.
The Wednesday, June 5, Pokemon Direct will begin at 2pm in the UK and will only run for 15 minutes.
But all that time will be dedicated to one title, meaning that the full release date could be announced on the same day.
And if it isn’t, Pokemon fans won’t have to wait long to find out the final news surrounding Sword and Shield.
We already know that Sword and Shield will feature new Gen 8 Pokemon, including the three starter Pokemon – Sobble, Gookey and Scorbunny.
We also know the new Galar Region featured in Sword and Shield has been inspired by the British countryside, giving it a quaint, homely feel to it.
Recent rumours suggest that Armoured Pokemon could be a big part of Sword and Shield, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Nintendo.
The Nintendo Direct E3 2019 live stream will begin at 18.00 CEST on June 11 and will focus entirely on software.
This means games, with the company confirming that no new consoles will be unveiled.
Nintendo has also confirmed that they will only be showcasing games scheduled to launch in 2019.
After the Direct event, Nintendo Treehouse: Live coverage will begin, giving viewers a more in-depth look into select games.
There are also rumours that Nintendo will reveal new Wii U ports, which will be launched exclusively on the eShop.