'''Pokémon Sword''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスター ソード''' ''Pocket Monsters Sword'') and '''Pokémon Shield''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスター シールド''' ''Pocket Monsters Shield'') are the primary [[Core series|paired versions]] of [[Generation VIII]]. The games were released on the [[Nintendo Switch]] worldwide on November 15, 2019 for both retail sale and download. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese
. The games take place in the [[Galar]] region.
During E3 2017, [[Tsunekazu Ishihara]] announced that the next core series titles would be available on the [[Nintendo Switch]], but they were not prepared to release any more information at the time. On May 30, 2018, The Pokémon Company gave a [[Pokémon Press Conference|press conference]] and announced that the new core games would have more traditional gameplay, as opposed to that found in [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]].