Fans are eagerly anticipating Pokemon Sword and Shield news, and it appears that a schedule for the release of new information has been leaked.
Sword and Shield news due
Trainers are becoming increasingly impatient for news about the upcoming 2019 Pokemon game. Since Pokemon Day on February 27, the initial Sword and Shield reveal, trainers have been starved of any further information.
This means two months has passed with nothing officially announced. Consequently, Pokemon fans have had to turn to rumors and leaks to get their Sword and Shield news.
However, rumors and leaks always have be taken with a few grains of salt at least. In a day and age where leaks are plentiful, some are outright faked.
The information in the above leak claims there will be 90 new Pokemon, a post-game region outside of Galar and more. While this could easily be fake, this is one of the plethora that seems most realistic and has gained the most traction.
Promotional schedule revealed
Without actual news, the next best thing is when that news will come. An apparent schedule of all the Pokemon Sword and Shield promotional (news) dates, between now and release has been revealed.
Appearing on Reddit, the document is written in Japanese but does show the dates.
According to one translation, the schedule is as follows:
- May 15 - Boxart reveal in Corocoro
- June 11 - Aforementioned
- June 27 - A panel at Salt Lake City Comic Con
- July 10 - Something about Funko Pops
- July 20 - A panel at San Diego Comic Con that's around the same time as a Pokemon Direct with Masuda
- August 29 - Panel at a PAX?
- September 12 to 14 - Tokyo Game Show if I'm reading that correctly
- September 15 - Some more Corocoro
- October 4 - New York Comic Con and some promotional tour
- October 11 - More promotional tours, one in Europe and the other in one of the Americas, probably South America given the week prior
- October 12 - Something at PAX Australia and an Australian promotional tour
- November 2 - An event for Nintendo and Game Freak at EGX Berlin
- November 15 to 20 - The event window for Sword and Shield's release
Somebody else claimed that the May 10 date is another Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer. Naturally, this will be big news, and if correct, is less than two weeks away.
Is this schedule real?
We won't know until the dates mentioned. The schedule certainly makes sense though. Furthermore, it is written in a way that would come across as real.
However, one response does doubt its validity. They question the numerous different ways the title is mentioned throughout the document. They go on to say: "the writer probably tried their best, the style of writing is off and sounds very English, for example starting a sentence with これは and using too much のs."
This is just one opinion however, and there are others who believe it's real.
The excitement of leaks and rumors is that we don't if they're real until the day comes. In the meantime, we may as well continue to speculate until official news does surface.