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New Pokémon Sword and Shield Details Emerge Following Recent Trailer

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Via the official Pokémon YouTube channel, the latest trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield showcases several new Pokémon, characters, form differences, and—for the first time in the history of the franchise—version-exclusive gyms.

The trailer introduces three never-before-seen Pokémon. Alcremie is a fairy type Pokémon that is made of whipped cream and cannot fall asleep in battle thanks to its Sweet Veil ability. Rolycoly is a pure rock type that can either have the new and unknown ability Steam Engine or Heatproof, which halves damage from fire-type attacks. Lastly, Duraludon is a dual Dragon-Steel type that possesses either Light Metal or Heavy Metal as its ability, which will respectively halve or double its weight.

This trailer also details the structure of the Galar region Pokémon League. Charman Rose runs the league and made it popular by incorporating the Galar region’s Dynamax phenomenon into battles. Oleana also made her debut in this trailer, and the Pokémon Twitter account reveals that she’s Rose’s secretary as well as the vice-president of his company. It appears as though these two orchestrate the Champion Cup, which determines the Galar League’s champion as opposed to simply defeating the Elite Four, as was the case in past games.

The video also reveals that some Pokémon change forms when Dynamaxing. Alcremie stands atop a layered cake when it transforms into a giant. Similarly, Drednaw stands upright after becoming a giant and Corviknight’s design become more aggressive. Whether only select Pokémon from the Galar region will have these form differences, or if monsters from previous generations will also transform when Dynamaxing, is unknown.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will also feature version-exclusive gyms. A fighting type gym led by Bea will appear in Pokémon Sword, while Pokémon Shield will instead feature Allister and his ghost-type gym. The designs of these new gym leaders also reinforce the idea that Pokémon battling is a mainstream sport in the Galar region, as both characters have a number of sponsor logos on their outfits.

The trailer comes after the developer Game Freak addressed the absence of every single Pokémon appearing in Sword and Shield. Although the latest Pokémon games are set to release worldwide in November, they still remain mostly shrouded in mystery. Notably, the region’s villains are still unknown and it’s not clear how the games’ legendary monsters will affect the story.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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