Pokemon Sword & Shield introduces Professor Magnolia, town features

Pokemon fans received some new information about Pokemon Sword & Shield via a video message.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Director Shigeru Ohmori presented a message during Gamescom 2019 where he first apologized for not being able to attend the event.

After his apologize, he showed footage from Sword & Shield that showcased a new town and introduced the Pokemon Research Lab and Professor Magnolia, who researches Dynamax. Like every professor in the Pokemon franchise, Magnolia is named after a tree.

In the footage, trainers can also spot the Galar champion Leon in the background.

The video also showed the Flying Taxi Service, a new feature to the game that carries trainers to new towns.

Another transportation method is the rail car system, which are all over the Galar region – residents use this system to get to work or travel for pleasure.

Ohmori also showed the outside of the Pokemon Center, shops and boutiques as well as the beautiful landscape.

He noted that in Galar, folks and Pokemon work together and you see Pokemon on the outside with humans. It’s cool to see Pokemon and humans interacting in the open beyond battles and game situations.

The icing on the cake would be if only Sword & Shield would allow Pokemon trainers to have one or more of their party members out in the open. It could be feasible as Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee had our Pokemon walk alongside their trainer.

In the background, you can barely hear the background music, which sounds Scottish or Celtic. This makes since as the Galar region is based on Great Britain, which will be the host of the 2019 Pokemon World Championships. I kind of hope Gamefreak releases an album for Pokemon Sword & Shield.

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The next Pokemon game is only a few months away. While there is controversy regarding certain aspects of the game, it appears it will be a solid addition to the franchise. Developers are taking risks and trying new things, and that isn’t a bad thing.

Pokemon Sword & Shield hits the Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15.

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