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Pokemon Sword and Shield gameplay reveals new improvements, open world

by Paul Cotton

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A lot of Pokemon trainers questioned the graphics of Pokemon Sword and Shield in the original trailer - however, the latest gameplay footage shows huge visual improvements and even elements of an open world.


New gameplay footage revealed

The June 5 Pokemon Direct started with the CEO of the Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, sharing a video which shows brand new Pokemon Sword and Shield gameplay footage.

The video stated that the game footage was not final, suggesting that the clips showcased were indeed actual gameplay. While the graphics maintained their cartoon like style, they certainly looked more polished than before.


Finally! An open world Pokemon game

Encouragingly for fans the gameplay showed a remarkable improvement from the initial reveal in February. The first Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer made it appear like the journey path was fixed, with fences and mountains making the path linear.

However, this has now either changed or the fixed path only applies to particular routes. Judging by all the footage currently available it appears that Pokemon Sword and Shield will adopt a semi-open world format, with some routes being fixed and others – such as the wild area – being open.

What is the wild area?

The wild area will host the widest variety of Pokemon available in the Galar region. It stretches between cities, suggesting there are several of them. They are filled with nature as far as the eye can see.

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The latest footage has a more open world feel to it...

Different Pokemon can appear depending on your location and what the weather is like. This means there will be new discoveries available each day. How many different weather conditions there are, and whether some Pokemon can be found exclusively in that weather remains to be seen.

The wild area also allows you to explore like no other part of the Galar region. Unlike cities, you have control of the camera while travelling - this gives you the best opportunity to find rare Pokemon and items you may not have seen.


Hopefully this latest video will dispel the fears of some critics that Pokemon Sword and Shield will look like an upscaled Nintendo 3DS game and instead, more like the Zelda: Breathe of the Wild graphics that fans know the Nintendo Switch is capable of.