First Pokémon Direct Of 2020 Talks Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Remake, Sword And Shield Expansion Pass, And More!

The first Pokémon Direct of 2020 opened with the revival of an adorable classic – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

A remake of 2006’s Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (Nintendo DS version) and Red Rescue Team (GameBoy Advance version), Rescue Team DX brings the spin-off series to the Nintendo Switch as never seen before.

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series is a collection of side-scrolling dungeon-crawlers where you get to play as a Pokémon. The games share many conventions with traditional JRPGs such as squad-based tactical combat, quest vendor NPCs, and a narrative focus.

For those of you who never had the opportunity to play the original, The Pokémon Company has announced that a demo of the game will be available on the Nintendo eshop.

The game is out March 6th 2020, with pre-orders available now.

Next up Game Freak outlined their plans for a Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass.

The expansion passes for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will effectively replace the “director’s cut” editions we’ve seen in previous generations such as Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon Emerald, as well as editions like Pokémon White and Black 2 or Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Instead of having to buy a whole new game, players will be able to purchase the expansion passes digitally from the Nintendo eshop and then dive straight into the new content with their existing Pokémon Sword or Shield saved data.

The expansion pass will consist of two parts: The Isle of Armour and The Crown Tundra. Both will provide players with brand new areas to explore, new trainers to battle against, and additional Pokémon to catch and train. We even got a sneak peek at three never before seen legendary Pokémon in the teaser that will be central to the narrative in both expansions.

The experience will differ slightly depending on whether players have a copy of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. For example Pokémon Shield players will encounter different people and Pokémon from those players will come across in Sword’s version of the expansions.

The Isle of Armour is expected to be released in June 2020, with The Crown Tundra arriving later sometime in Autumn 2020.

There was plenty more information on the upcoming expansions included in the Pokémon Direct reveal stream, including a new co-op mode and details about the Pokémon Home cloud service. Watch the full stream below for all the juicy details.

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