Pokemon Sword / Shield Are Bringing Back Trainer Customization [Update]
You'll be able to change your trainer's outfit in the upcoming games.
Update: While trainer customization will be in Pokemon Sword and Shield, the winner of Uniqlo's t-shirt design contest won't. The winning shirt was to be included in the upcoming Switch games as a clothing option for your trainer, but Uniqlo has announced the winner has been disqualified for violating the contest's rules. As a result, none of the t-shirt designs will be featured in the games (via Serebii). The original story follows.
Ever since Pokemon X and Y, each mainline installment in the series has allowed players to customize their trainer's outfit, and it looks like that trend will continue in Pokemon Sword and Shield. While the games' reveal trailer hinted that trainer customization would return, the feature was confirmed when clothing retailer Uniqlo announced the winners of its Pokemon t-shirt design competition.
The winning design will not only be made into a real shirt, it'll also appear in the upcoming Nintendo Switch games as a clothing option for your trainer (via Serebii). Uniqlo's website shared a pair of screenshots showcasing the male and female trainers wearing the winning shirt rather than their default clothes, confirming you'll be able to change their outfits. You can take a look at the screenshots below.
It remains to be seen how many different clothing options will be available in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Both Pokemon X/Y and Sun/Moon allowed you to purchase an assortment of different outfits and accessories for your trainer, from hats and glasses to bags and shoes, and that will presumably be the case in Sword and Shield as well. One thing we do know for sure, however, is your avatar will at least be able to don a soccer-like uniform; the male trainer could be seen wearing one as he entered a stadium near the end of the games' reveal trailer.
Nintendo gave fans their first look at Sword and Shield during a special Pokemon Direct broadcast this past February. While the presentation was fairly brief, it did reveal some important details about the upcoming games. For one, the titles are set in a new region called Galar, which appears to be inspired by the UK. We also got to see the games' new starter Pokemon: the Grass-type monkey Grookey, the Fire-type rabbit Scorbunny, and the Water-type lizard Sobble.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are slated to launch for Switch in "late" 2019. We'll presumably learn more about the games during Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation, which is set to take place on Tuesday, June 11, at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST. Until then, you can check out everything we know about Pokemon Sword and Shield so far.
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