A recent Pokémon Direct revealed that the next two games in the much-loved Pokémon franchise will be called Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
But it seems that Nintendo of America might have tweeted out more information they should have following the Direct.
In a quickly deleted tweet, Nintendo of America revealed key details about the gyms set to feature in the upcoming RPG.
However, Twitter user @mngzeno managed to grab a screenshot and share the tweet online before it disappeared for good.
The deleted tweet stated:
“It appears in #PokemonSwordShield that gyms in the Galar region are now bigger than ever! What types of Gym Masters are waiting for you to challenge them?”
Traditionally, heads of gyms in the Pokémon world have been known as “Gym Leaders” and not “Gym Masters”.
This has led to fan speculation that, with a name change, maybe the role of Gym Masters is different too.
However, other fans think it may have been a simple mistake and that that’s why the tweet was deleted so speedily.
When it comes to the new Gym Master role theory, some Pokémon fans are speculating that the gyms may be more akin to sports tournaments than the traditional battle your way through single challengers and then defeat a boss format of old.
This is arguably backed up by footage of a Pokémon trainer walking into a large stadium clad in sportswear in the Direct – could this be a hint at the new shape of gyms?
The previous games, Sun and Moon, scrapped the seasoned gym system for a new Trial mechanic.
Trials saw Pokémon trainers undertaking a series of tasks rather than facing off against a set type of Pokémon. It’s interesting to see that Trials have been so quickly replaced once more by gyms.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are still in development and, as of yet, do not have an exact release date beyond “late 2019”.
More recently it was also suggested that the game could contain Armored Evolutions in the newest Pokemon game. While this is still only a rumour it has been gaining a bit more traction thanks to a new bit of legal work.
The three companies have registered Armored Mewtwo as a trademark. It’s possible this is just because of the upcoming Pokemon movies, but it could well be that the new game will bravely take some new steps.
Hopefully, the games innovate a little bit, while the Pokemon Let’s Go games had some negative feedback from certain self-centred fans, they did introduce some genuinely new ideas for the first time since the inception of the series.
Daily Star Gaming will continue to bring you news about Pokémon Sword and Shield as it is revealed.