Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra
Pokémon Sword and Shield The Crown Tundra.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s)Game Freak
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Hiroyuki Tani
Producer(s)
Artist(s)
  • James Turner
  • Suguru Nakatsui
Writer(s)Toshinobu Matsumiya
Composer(s)
  • Minako Adachi
  • Go Ichinose
  • Hitomi Sato
SeriesPokémon
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
ReleaseFall 2020
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra[a] is the second downloadable content expansion pack for the 2019 role-playing video games Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch and a part of the Expansion Pass. It was developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo and released in Fall 2020, for Nintendo Switch.[1] The addition of Expansion Pass was used to replace the need for a third version or sequel of Sword and Shield.[2] It is set in the snowy southern area called The Crown Tundra, based on Scotland[3], in Sword and Shield's region of Galar. The player controls the protagonist during their journey through the tundra, home to new and old legendary Pokémon.

Gameplay[edit]

The island the expansion pack is set on is one inter-connected "Wild Area", a free-roaming open world with a free moving camera and dynamic weather, which has implications on which Pokémon species appear at a given time.

Pokémon[edit]

The Crown Tundra centers around the legendary Pokémon Calyrex, resembling a mix of a deer, snowy plants and the Crown jewels.[4][5] The expansion also introduces two legendary Pokémon that resemble the Regi golem trio from Ruby & Sapphire, with the electric type Regieleki and the dragon type Regidrago.[6][7] Adding onto the first expansion pack, a regional form was given to Slowking. However, additional regional forms were given to the legendary bird trio from Gen I, in Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.[8][9] Likewise 100+ more Pokémon are returning from previous generations that didn't appear in the base game, including all the box art legendary Pokémon from previous games. [10][11]

Development[edit]

The expansion pass was first announced in the January 9 Pokémon Direct and again shown briefly in the March 26 Nintendo Direct Mini.[12][13] Following this, the pass was shown off in great detail in the June 17 Pokémon Presents, hours before The Isle of Armor was released worldwide.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ポケットモンスタかんむりのせつげん Hepburn: Poketto Kan muri no Setsu gen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion launching June 17". Polygon. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Game Freak announces Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass, which will replace the 'third' Pokemon edition". Destructoid. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "https://twitter.com/pokemonnewsuk/status/1216731889920368643?ref_url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.thegamer.com%2fpokemon-isle-armor-crown-tundra-are-based-on-isle-man-scotland%2f". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-09-20. External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Pokémon Sword and Shield's new legendary makes me uncomfortable". Polygon. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC: All the New Legendary Pokemon and Gigantimax Starters in the Expansion Pass". USgamer. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield Reveals Two New Legendary Pokemon". Comicbook.com. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "New Details Released for Pokemon Sword and Shield's DLC Expansions". RPGFan. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield Legendary Bird Trio Galar Forms - What We Know". Prima Games. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "New Galarian Legendary Pokémon detailed for upcoming Sword and Shield expansion". Polygon. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Pokemon Sword & Shield DLC Returning Pokemon list: every national dex Pokemon returning in the expansion pass". VG247. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Sword and Shield Legendary Pokemon". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC Announced". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  13. ^ "Everything in March 26's Nintendo Direct Mini Broadcast". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  14. ^ "Pokemon Nintendo Direct announced for June 17". GameRevolution. Retrieved July 27, 2020.

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