(Pocket-lint) - Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have announced two new Pokemon role-playing game titles for the Switch.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will be released "late 2019" and are all-new adventures, with new Pokemon and a different location to explore.


The action takes place in the Galor region, with large, expansive plains and craggy snow-covered mountains.

There will be many brand new Pokemon to discover, with three of them being available as your partner from the start.


Grookey is a chip-like Pokemon, Scorbunny looks like a rabbit, while Sobble is a water-based Pokemon.

The game is being developed by Game Freak, fresh from its superb Switch remakes of Pokemon Yellow: Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. Their isometric, pseudo 3D viewpoint has been brought into Sword and Shield too, but this time all the story and characters are new.

Nintendo revealed the games during its short, 7-minute special edition of Nintendo Direct, available to view online.

Also revealed in the Pokemon special was the fact that Nintendo plans other Pokemon game releases in the not too distant future. It declined to go further but did say that there is "plenty more in the works for the Pokemon brand".

Writing by Rik Henderson.