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Pokemon Sword & Shield May Use Autosave For The First Time

The Gen 8 Pokemon games may be the first in the series to feature autosaving.


Nintendo gave the world another look at Pokemon Sword and Shield during September's big Nintendo Direct presentation. While the segment focused primarily on trainer customization and camping, it seems the company may have also inadvertently revealed another new feature in the games: autosaves.

During the Pokemon portion of the Nintendo Direct, eagle-eyed fans spotted the words "now saving" in the upper right corner of the screen when the player character enters a fashion boutique (via Eurogamer), which seems to suggest the games will automatically save at various points while you're playing. The moment in question occurs at around the 45-second mark in the video below.

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Now Playing: Pokemon Sword & Shield Might Have Autosaves - GS News Update

If Sword and Shield do indeed utilize autosaves, they will be the first mainline games in the series to have the feature. However, it's still unclear if the titles will only feature one save slot, as all past mainline Pokemon games have, or if there will be separate slots for the autosaves, as in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Whatever the case, we do know that autosaves won't be replacing manually saving in Sword and Shield; at around the 1:20 mark in the same video, you can see a dedicated Save option when the menu screen is pulled up.

Similarly, the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons is also the first installment in its series to make use of autosaves. In fact, Switch's autosave function is the reason Mr. Resetti will be out of a job in New Horizons. In the past, the irritable mole would pop up and lecture a player if they quit the game without saving, but thanks to autosaves, his role is now redundant. However, game director Aya Kyogoku teases that Mr. Resetti is looking for a new job and may yet appear in the upcoming title.

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Switch on November 15, just a few days after Nintendo releases a special Pokemon edition Nintendo Switch Lite. You can check out all the new Gen 8 Pokemon revealed so far for Sword and Shield in our gallery. For more on the titles, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield pre-order guide.

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