The Impact of Pokémon
There should be no surprise that Pokémon has left an impact on the videogaming community. Whether you’re a dedicated fan or a person who’s only played the series through the application Pokémon GO, Pokémon has made an impact on the general public. For many players, this franchise is the first RPG (Role Playing Game) that they ever play. Every few years, Gamefreak releases the newest installment of Pokémon. Each region has its own individualism making themselves different from the previous installments. On February 26, 2019, Gamefreak as well as Nintendo dropped a sudden announcement of a Pokémon Direct.
The Reveal Everyone Has Been Waiting For
For those who are unaware, Nintendo creates press conferences called Nintendo Directs. Nintendo produces these conferences to announce games and reveal news about upcoming video games. These directs range in time depending on how much information is to be announced. Fans of Pokémon went insane because the franchise was getting its own direct. This only happens when companies need to focus on one specific franchise. On February 27, 2019, Gamefreak announced the newest installment of the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The trailer shows what fans expect within a Pokémon game. The audience sees parts of the region, the main protagonist, and the region’s starter Pokémon. In this review, we’re going to examine the information provided in this Pokémon Direct as well as exploring what this game could add to the franchise.
Exploring the Galar Region
Pokémon Sword and Shield takes place in a brand-new region called the Galar Region. From the screenshots and videos that we see, this region is an inspiration of the United Kingdom. The direct introduces several parts of the Galar region including a plain and one of the cities. One of the first routes that the direct presents is a plain. The layout of this route has some inspiration from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These patches of grass are a way for the player to find Pokémon to capture or fight for experience. One of the exciting effects in this route is the fact that you can see the background of the town. This new ability may have something to do with the rendering power of the Nintendo Switch. With Gamefreak having more rendering power, there is much more that can be seen to make the region seem grander.
Real World Inspiration
The other part of the region that the audience sees is a large city. The name of that city is currently unknown. There are several scenes that suggest a representation of London. One of the major similarities is the reveal of the signature, large clock tower. This clock tower is more than likely a representation of the UK’s symbolic landmark, Big Ben. It’s common for larger towns to have a clock tower. However, the overview that we see about this city has an extremely large inspiration of London. The city has an industrial feel to it with machines working and steam rising from some of the buildings. Seeing this for the first time as well as seeing the clock tower would make the environment feel like a representation of London. This isn’t the first time that Gamefreak has created cities in Pokémon games that are based on real places.