Paid DLC is coming to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield in two separate parts in 2020, Game Freak announced today during the Pokémon Direct.
As the old saying goes, “never say never.” Consumers will have the opportunity to purchase additional content for each game—a first for the main series of Pokémon games.
Game Freak revealed they are taking a step back from releasing an additional title set in the same region as Sword & Shield. Instead, players will have the option to enjoy paid DLC that expands their Galar region adventure.
“We’ve been thinking about how much we’d like it if everyone’s Pokémon adventures could go on even longer, with more to dig into and new discoveries to explore,” said Shigeru Ohmori, producer of Pokémon Sword & Shield. “We’ve been working on plans for some time, in fact. This is why we at Game Freak are now developing the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.”
Sword & Shield Expansion Pass, Part 1 and Part 2
Part 1 is called the Isle of Armor and is planned to be released in June 2020. Part 2 is called the Crown Tundra and is scheduled to arrive in fall 2020. Players who purchase the Expansion Pass will be able to play both parts as they are released.
Each part offers a different adventure—from exploring unseen areas in the Galar region to meeting new faces and encountering exciting new Pokémon. Further, the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass will be different than the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass. For example, “some of the Pokémon and characters that appear differ between versions.”
Players who have the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass will meet and train with Klara, a Poison-type Trainer. Those with the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass will train with the Psychic-type Trainer Avery.
Both the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra will offer exploration similar to Sword & Shield‘s Wild Area—seamless maps, full camera control, and Pokémon Dens that harbor never-before-seen monsters.
In addition, both parts will offer “more than 100 new ways to customize your look with clothing items and hairstyles.”
Over 200 More Pokémon Coming Via Software Updates
Pokémon Sword & Shield software updates “will coincide with the releases of the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra.” These updates will be free, and they will add more than 200 Pokémon from past entries in the series, including the new Legendary Pokémon for Part 1 and Part 2.
While free, this means players without the Expansion Pass will need to use Link Trades or Pokémon HOME. Speaking of Pokémon HOME, players will be able to download the app in February 2020.
Players can pre-purchase the Expansion Pass today. Those who do will receive download codes for a Pikachu Uniform Set and Eevee Uniform Set.
Game Freak also unveiled a new Mystery Dungeon remake, which arrives on Nintendo Switch this March.
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