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Pokemon Sword and Shield gameplay reveals new improvements, open world

Published: 5/Jun/2019 14:12 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 14:58

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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.

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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.

PokemonThe 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.

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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. 

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.