'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Won't Have Connectivity to 'Pokémon Go'

Pokémon Sword and Shield is less than one month away from release, and new information on the Gen 8 games has come to light, regarding a possible direct connection to Pokémon Go.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Sword and Shield producers Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori were asked about the Pokémon Go connections, in particular the Max Raid Battles, and both men shed some light on how the games will work.

"In Pokémon Sword and Shield there's no direct communication with Pokémon Go, but you'll have seen the announcement for Pokémon Home, where there are plans to be able to send Pokémon from Pokémon Go, and take them around with you, so that's something we do have," Ohmori explained.

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In Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, there was a direction connection between the popular mobile game and the Nintendo Switch titles. Players could transfer Pokémon from the mobile game into Let's Go, but it seems that is where the connection between the two franchises ends for now.

Ohmori and Masuda later discussed how they plan to balance player bases that come from Pokémon Go, Let's Go, and the main line games

"So to really make the new games something that each fan, regardless of where the entered the series can access easily, we do make sure that we explain what Pokémon is, the world of Pokémon, right from the start each time," Ohmori explained. "You get an explanation of what the Pokémon world is all about, you get an explanation each time of how you throw a ball, [and] how you catch a Pokémon. So, we make sure that regardless of how many fans we have, in each type of game, each new entry is something that any fan - or someone completely new to the series even - can jump into and enjoy right from the start."

"What we really want to do - whether it's someone that's played Pokémon Go or Pokémon Masters and has now been interested in playing Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, or perhaps the other way around, where they start playing Pokémon Sword and Shield on their Switch and from that look into playing Pokémon Masters or Pokémon Go - is to encourage people to discover Pokémon as a whole, and enjoy all the different aspects of that," Masuda continued.

Another big aspect of Sword and Shield is the Wild Area, where these Max Raid Battles take place. In a separate interview with Gamer.nl, it was confirmed that trainers in Sword and Shield will have access to their PC Box through the PC Link Box in the Wild Area no matter where they are.

"In Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, we introduced this feature because we thought it was simply very useful," Ohmori said. "We felt it was well received by players, so when we developed Sword and Shield we thought: can we add this feature? Does it suit the games? And after a long consultation, we decided to add it, because it improves the game and makes it more fun to play."

Pokémon Sword and Shield is set to release November 15 on Nintendo Switch.

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