Potential leaks aside, Pokemon Sword and Shield news has been non-existent since the Nintendo Switch game was revealed on February 27.
Previous Pokemon games
The question at the forefront of Pokemon trainers’ minds is when can we expect the next set of Pokemon Sword and Shield news. One way that we can attempt to predict the next reveal is by looking at the news schedule of previous Pokemon games.
The Pokemon series, and games in general, tend to follow the pattern of an initial reveal, followed by a lull and then any number of subsequent reveals. These can range from new details, interviews with developers, trailers, and gameplay itself.
Here’s how previous Pokemon games compare. We could go beyond Pokemon X and Y but given the time between those games and now, it perhaps isn’t the most relevant.
Let’s Go Pikachu Eevee
The reveal for Pokemon Let’s Go came later than most Pokemon games. Its initial announcement took place on May 29, 2018, which also included a trailer and its release date.
The quasi-yellow version remake marked the series first return to the Kanto region since Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green. It was made to be basic in an attempt to encourage new Pokemon players to try it for the first time.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were also revealed relatively late. It was done in a Pokemon Direct on June 6, 2017.
Some fans initially believed this would be the debut Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch but this proved to be nothing more than an error on the website.
Sun and Moon
Conversely, Pokemon Sun and Moon was revealed early in the year, February 26, 2016 to be precise.
Pokemon trainers had to wait a while for further information. A gameplay trailer along with box art was revealed on May 10 that year.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
The enhanced remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were revealed, along with an announcement trailer, on May 7, 2014.
If it had released this year, we still wouldn’t have even had a title announcement!
X and Y
Pokemon X and Y followed a similar pattern to Sun and Moon whereby the game was revealed in February with further details surfacing in May of the same year.
It appears Pokemon Sword and Shield will be following this same pattern. X and Y marked the first time a Pokemon game had used true 3D graphics. Pokemon trainers will be hoping for other firsts with the introduction of the 2019 Pokemon game.
Sword and Shield news schedule leak
Elsewhere, an apparent Pokemon Sword and Shield news schedule has leaked. Much like a couple of the older games, the leak suggests we should expect more news imminently, more specifically May 10.
While not confirmed, this is expected to be another form of trailer. Interestingly, this coincides with the release of the new Pokemon Movie: Detective Pikachu.
Pokemon fans are also awaiting news on whether Sword and Shield will add any new Eevee evolutions and whether there is more than the just the Galar region.
Additionally, how the game will run on the Nintendo Switch in comparison to Let’s Go is still relatively unknown. Some fans are still hoping Sword and Shield will adopt a somewhat open world approach.
Time will tell but it could be just around the corner.