Big news for Pokémon fans—Nintendo just announced two events that are guaranteed to contain some big news for Pokémon fans itching for information on the next Pokémon games. These come just before E3, where fans are expected to learn more about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, slated to release in November of this year.
On Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. PST, the first event is the Pokémon 2019 Press Conference streamed from Tokyo, Japan. Currently, there is no word on any specifics being covered in this conference, only that it will cover “a number of topics of interest to Pokémon fans”. Fans are theorizing that this conference will cover the future of the series, specifically the changes to mechanics. The series director, Junichi Masuda, had already stated in a previous interview that the capture and encounter mechanics of Pokémon Sword and Shield would be the same as in traditional main-series Pokémon games, as opposed to the experimental Poké Ball throwing mechanic in Pokémon Let’s Go. In the same interview, however, Masuda mentioned that he would be seeing what fans responded well to in Pokémon Let’s Go to consider bringing into future Pokémon games. This would be the perfect chance for the Pokémon staff to let the fans know what mechanics they’ve considered changing or what from Pokémon Let’s Go may be appearing in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The second event on Tuesday, June 5 at 6 a.m. PST will be another fifteen-minute Nintendo Direct centered around Pokémon Sword and Shield. This should contain some big reveals—the last Pokémon-centric direct was the reveal of Pokémon Sword and Shield themselves and introduced the newest generation of starter Pokémon. Fans are expecting to see more details on Trainer customization in the game, and are of course waiting with bated breath for any information regarding currently-unreleased Pokémon.