Pokémon Sword and Shield is coming, quite soon in fact, as it drops this November. Switch owners and fans of the legendary gaming and anime franchise are rather excited. Over the years there have been many things to get excited about with these games and their related properties. The gameplay of collecting and battling monsters has become a beloved style of design due in huge part to this franchise. And even stepping beyond the gameplay, the music of these games is often instantly recognizable to fans, as beautifully crafted MIDI tunes from the older games helped shape the creativity of so many young gamers when these games first burst onto the scene. Over time though, the music has only gotten more complex, and now Nintendo is upping the ante again with a new collaboration.
It turns out that Toby Fox, the same brilliant mind behind Undertale, has been working with Ninty to create a musical track for the upcoming Switch title. It won’t be a “main track”, but the developer and composer described the undertaking as a “huge honor”. He also hoped that all the hype is worth it and closed by saying,”I hope you enjoy hearing it when the game comes out!”
Apparently the project has been in the works for a while, as the designer and composer announced, and it does sound like a great prospect. Undertale is an incredibly engrossing game built on simple concepts, a feat helped tremendously by the music used during the various parts of the adventure. From the battle music to the background of more calm sections, Undertale‘s music is a bright spot for indie accomplishment. And to see it crossing over into the major releases like this is just plain wonderful.
But a great new soundtrack isn’t the only thing Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have planned for the first mainline game on consoles. There’s an entirely new Pokédex for the Galar region, including new Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. And adding to that, the battle system that fans know and love, even breaking it down to the barest metal by understanding the core math behind it, is getting fully revamped by mechanics like Gigantamaxing. To show off some of these new elements, The Pokémon Company put out a new gameplay trailer.
Check out said new trailer down below. Pokémon Sword and Shield is due to release on Nintendo Switch on November 15th.