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Pokémon Sword and Shield Won’t Be Supported Past November

Pokemon Sword and Shield will no longer be supported with new content after the final update on November 1st.

As reported by celebrity.netThe Pokémon Company is withdrawing support for the previous mainline entry, as the new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are set to be released on November 18th.

The final Wild Area news event on November 1st, which has hitherto been held about once a month, will feature new Pokémon in previously unavailable games such as Gigantamax Snorlax. This event will continue until Sword and Shield’s online service is completely shut down, which could still be several years away.

Battle Stadium will no longer update on the same day as Ranked Seasons, and Ranked Battle Season results will no longer appear in Pokémon Home. Seasonal results may be included here.

There will also be no official online competitions going forward, but friendly competitions will continue. Again, tournament results will no longer appear on Pokémon Home. Other online features such as friendly battles and trading will continue as normal.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet take the mantle in most of these competitive events, but it’s still unclear if the Wild Area News Event will be directly replaced in the new game.

However, unlike Sword and Shield’s open levels, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the first fully open-world games in the franchise’s history. It offers players three main stories in any order, and can even use two legendary Pokémon (which double as bikes) to navigate the map.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He talks about witchers all day long.

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