Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield[a] are 2019 role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokemon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. They are the first installments in the eighth generation of the Pokemon video game series and the second in the series, after Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, to be released on a home game console.
Sword and Shield's concept planning began immediately following the completion of Pokemon Sun and Moon in 2016, while full production began a year later in late 2017. Like previous installments, they chronicle the journey of a young Pokemon trainer, with these games taking place in the Galar region based on Great Britain with the objective being to dethrone the Pokemon League Champion Leon in a tournament the various gym leaders also take part in. Sword and Shield introduce 81 new Pokemon alongside 13 regional variants of preexisting Pokemon. Several new features were added such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, which increase the size of certain Pokemon and the latter changes their forms. The new Wild Area is a large open world area with free camera movement where players can also participate in raids with co-op battling. The two games also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokemon depicted in the overworld, respectively. Announced in February 2019, Pokemon Sword and Shield were released worldwide in November 2019.