The Pokémon Company recently revealed additional information about the gameplay of upcoming game titles Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The company revealed that in the beginning sequence of each version of the game players will be required to obtain a government issued license before they are allowed to carry and train Pokémon. Players who fail to properly obtain and carry a license on their character at all times will be at risk of being fined or detained by in-game authorities.
The Pokémon Company stated that the feature was implemented to make the games feel more closely related to the theme of the UK, of which the new game region is based on. In addition to Pokémon ownership, players will also be required to obtain a license in order to use a Pokédex, make use of services at Pokémon centers, enter certain gyms, view televised broadcasts, and use a bread knife. As players progress through the game they will gradually discover new licenses that they didn’t even know they needed.
The story background behind the licenses is that authorities in the Galar region implemented regulations in order to curb violent Pokémon battles between citizens as opposed to actually addressing the social issues that might lead people to want to attack each other in the first place.
At various points in the game, authorities will stop the player to inquire if they have a license to perform certain activities. The feature adds a new element of strategy as players will have to work to diligently avoid fines in order to save money for purchasing items that can help them progress through more difficult sections of the game.
Aside from the new gameplay feature, The Pokémon Company also teased that Sword and Shield would feature a multiplayer component which would allow players to go for a “Cheeky Nando’s”. Fans were excited at the news although most were unsure of what exactly was meant by the statement.