New Pokemon Sword & Shield Gamescom Trailer Shows Off A Very Charming Town

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Gamescom 2019 is officially underway. Following Nintendo’s indie-focused presentation on Monday, Pokemon Sword and Shield developer Game Freak has shared a new gameplay clip of the upcoming Pokemon Switch titles, giving fans a closer look at one of the first areas they’ll explore in the games.

The video, which you can watch below, gives viewers a brief tour of one of the quaint, English-inspired towns that players will visit on their journey across the Galar region. While brief, we get to see a few notable landmarks in the clip, including a Galarian Pokemon Center, the Pokemon Research Lab where Professor Magnolia conducts her studies, and a few other facilities, such as a boutique shop (where players will be able to purchase you clothing items for their avatar) and a rail station.

🇩🇪 #gamescom2019 has begun! To kick things off, director of #PokemonSwordShield Shigeru Ohmori takes us on a tour through a previously unseen town in the Galar region. #NintendoGC pic.twitter.com/0xZawdEtpi

— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) August 20, 2019

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have been gradually revealing more details about Pokemon Sword and Shield in the lead up to their launch. Ahead of the Pokemon World Championships last week, we got to see a new trailer that showcased some new Pokemon Abilities and held items, such as Galarian Weezing’s Neutralizing Gas, which negates the Abilities of every other Pokemon on the field.

The Pokemon Company also shared more details about how online battling will work in Sword and Shield. The games will feature both Ranked and Casual battle modes; the former has players earning points after every battle, which will increase their standing in the different ranked tiers. The titles will also occasionally host special online competitions, like those that are run through the Pokemon Global Link website for Sun/Moon and their Ultra counterparts.

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch on November 15. Players will need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to take advantage of the games’ online features. You can see all of the new Gen 8 Pokemon revealed so far in our gallery. For more information about the titles, including where you can secure a copy, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield pre-order guide.