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Leaked Pokémon Direct Details Hint At Massive Updates To Sword And Shield

Mark your calendars for January 9, 2020, as it will be the first Nintendo Direct of the year. Or, should we say, Pokémon Direct?

Well, it’s actually no secret that the Pokémon-centric Direct will be happening by now, since the last time that happened, we were introduced to Pokémon Sword and Shield. But what fans will be wondering is what it will be about. Sword and Shield? Pokémon Go? Pokémon Sleep? Pokémon Masters?

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It wouldn’t be wrong to assume it’s all of the above, though, since these titles were all talked about at some point throughout 2019. However, a recent curious update on the German press release for the Pokémon Direct (via Reddit) reveals something rather curious:

Though this isn’t anything concrete since it is probably something the PR typed to garner interest, it could make sense since the Pokémon Company is adopting a live-service approach to Sword and Shield, with constant community updates occurring nearly every other week.

Lately, it’s all been Mystery Gifts, promotional Max Raid Battles, but since it’s the new year, it makes perfect sense to tease what’s to come for the latest generation of the flagship Pokémon games.

What exactly these updates to Sword and Shield are remain to be seen, though it wouldn’t be far off to assume we could be getting something akin to DLC, such as new G-Max Pokémon, new areas, and so on.

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After all, of all the 25 G-Max Pokémon, only Toxtricity and Melmetal have yet to feature, though they are part of the games’ internal code. Hopefully, some justice will be done to these two Pokémon, as well as the various other pocket monsters that are locked in the code, which includes the likes of the other two Kanto starters, Squirtle and Bulbasaur, and even the starters from Pokémon Sun and Moon.

In any case, the Pokémon Direct will happen on January 9, 2020, 6.30am PT / 9.30AM ET / 10.30pm SGT. You can catch it on the official Nintendo Direct site, as well as Nintendo’s Twitch or YouTube channels, or on the official Pokémon Twitch and YouTube channels.


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