A surprise announced live-stream looks set to give Pokemon fans an update on what to expect from the upcoming downloadable content (DLC) for the Sword and Shield games.
It’s not entirely certain what might be shown off as part of Pokémon Presents (the YouTube video’s description simply reads, “We have Pokémon news, you want Pokémon news”).
But since the presentation is occurring on the release date of Pokémon Sword and Shield’s ‘Isle of Armor’ Expansion Pass, we can realistically expect a more in-depth look at the DLC.
Here's everything you need to know:
What will Pokémon Presents entail?
At this point, we know quite a bit about that first expansion (assuming there’s not a wealth of information being held back for today’s live stream) – so could we see more details outlined on the next Expansion Pass, The Crown Tundra?
The Crown Tundra will transport players to a snow-swept realm in which people live in small communities where they support and rely on one another across a shining, silvery landscape.
It won’t be available until later in the year – November 2020 is its planned release date.
What else might be shown off as part of Pokémon Presents?
Of course, it’s just speculation that the presentation will be used to provide fans with more details on Sword and Shield’s upcoming Expansion Passes.
Pokémon Presents could be used to announce news on literally any aspect of the Pokémon franchise.
Could we see an update on Pokémon GO? Other than changes made to allow people to play the game indoors during the coronavirus crisis, there hasn't been a significant update in a long time.
There could also be news of spin-off games for console and mobile, as well as new Pokémon toys.
Again, this is all pure conjecture; all of our questions will be answered by the live stream.
How can I watch Pokémon Presents in the UK?
Pokémon Presents will begin at 2pm BST on Wednesday 17 June.
You can watch the official stream on the Pokémon YouTube channel.
Though there is no confirmed ‘release time’ for the Isle of Armor expansion, it could be made available following the conclusion of the 11-minute stream.
What is the Isle of Armor?
Isle of Armor is the first of two new Expansion Passes that will unlock new areas, features, items and moves that weren't previously available in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The expansions are not new games, rather they are additions to your existing copy of Pokémon Sword or Shield, and will introduce players to brand new areas of the games’ Britain-inspired Galar region, as well as new features, items and moves that weren’t previously available.
The first expansion takes you to the titular location, which Nintendo describes as a "giant island full of environments not seen in Galar before," where you'll find wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes.
Pokémon developers Game Freak will also be debuting some brand new Pokémon with the Sword and Shield expansions; Kubfu and its evolved form Urshifu will appear exclusively in the Isle of Armor, while Calyrex will only appear in The Crown Tundra.
Will the expansions include new Pokémon?
In the run-up to Pokémon Sword and Shield’s release, there was loud outcry from fans who claimed developers Game Freak were being ‘lazy’ by not including a full roster of collectable creatures.
Before the game’s release, the Pokémon series featured over 800 monsters to capture, but the latest game only included 400.
That’s likely due to the sheer amount of work it takes in animating hundreds and hundreds of characters for a game of Pokémon’s scope, but whatever the reason, Game Freak are making ‘amends’ by adding over 200 Pokémon to Sword and Shield.
Some of the returning creatures will be version specific, meaning that each Expansion Pass will feature Pokémon only available to that edition – unless you trade with another player.
Alongside the 200 returning favourites, Game Freak will also be debuting some brand new Pokémon with the Sword and Shield expansions.
How much do the Passes cost, and when can I play them?
Both expansions are bundled together for £26.99, but you’ll want to be careful when making your purchase on the Nintendo eShop.
You’ll need to buy the bundle that corresponds to the game you already own, so double check you have the right one before you confirm your transaction.
The first expansion – The Isle of Armour – will be available to explore from 17 June.
The Crown Tundra won’t be unlocked until later in the year: November is its planned release date.