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The games were formally announced on [[Pokémon Day]], February 27, 2019 at 11 pm JST during a worldwide announcement through [[Nintendo Direct]] hosted by Tsunekazu Ishihara, [[Junichi Masuda]], and [[Shigeru Ohmori]]. An official trailer was shown, giving information on the region and the [[starter Pokémon]] players can choose from.
The [[Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass]] was revealed during a [[Pokémon Direct]] on January 9, 2020
, and adds two new post-game areas to the game, [[The Isle of Armor]] and [[The Crown Tundra]].