Pokemon Sword and Shield developer Game Freak has revealed lots of new info about the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive.
With the game’s November release date creeping up fast, Game Freak has given fans a further taste of what to expect.
Arguably best of all is that the Pokemon game series will finally step into the modern age with an autosave feature.
Unlike previous entries that forced players to quit and save manually, the new release will automatically save progress throughout the adventure.
While this may not seem like that much of a big deal, the autosave function should stop players from accidentally losing progress after forgetting to save.
While the feature is sure to prove popular with fans, traditionalists can opt to turn the autosave feature off.
The news was confirmed by Game Informer, alongside information about absent Pokemon potentially making a return and lots more.
Indeed, one of the more controversial Pokemon Sword and Shield stories revolved around the removal of hundreds of Pokemon from the game.
According to the article, while many of these Pokemon won’t appear in Sword and Shield, they could return in future Pokemon games.
Another gameplay tweaks involves the distribution of experience after battles.
Previously, the EXP. Share item could be used to evenly share experience between Pocket Monsters.
This is no longer the case, as Game Freak opts to automatically share EXP evenly among Pokemon.
It’s possible Game Freak will reveal more new features during this week’s epic 24 hour livestream.
Running for a whole 24 hours from 2pm BST on October 4, Nintendo will broadcast live footage from a camera set up in Glimwood Tangle – “a strange forest located deep within the Galar region”.
“My name’s Sonia, and I’m a Pokemon researcher,” reads a Nintendo post. “Here in Galar, I’m always helping out with research for my gran – Professor Magnolia, that is!
“I’m sending this message because I could really use your help with some research I’m doing.
“Next week, a camera will be set up in a strange forest here in Galar known as Glimwood Tangle, and the camera will begin broadcasting live footage.
“The broadcast will last for 24 hours! If you could take a gander when you have time, that’d be just great. Thanks in advance!”
Pokemon Sword and Shield has a November 15 release date, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
The game contains lots of new features and a new generation of Pokemon, not to mention a brand new location loosely based on the United Kingdom.
One of the headline new features is the aforementioned Dynamaxing, which transforms Pocket Monsters into huge beasts with more powerful special moves.
The Nintendo Switch game will also have more Trainer customisation options, including the ability to change hairstyles and wear makeup.
Players will also be able to set up camps when exploring the Galar region, and can even cook up a selection of curry dishes.