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Mysterious 24-hour Pokémon Sword and Shield stream to reveal ‘surprising’ information

Perhaps we’ll see new Pokémon or weird behaviors

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Ahead of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield’s Nov. 15 release date, The Pokémon Company is hosting a 24-hour stream to reveal “surprising” information about the game’s world.

The Sword and Shield stream will begin at 6 a.m. PDT on Oct. 4 and broadcast footage from “a camera” set up in a Galar-region forest called Glimwood Tangle. The static image on Twitch and YouTube shows the forest through a night vision lens, with Glimwood Tangle’s lush foliage and large mushrooms in view. The Sword and Shield website displays a message from Sonia, a research assistant for Professor Magnolia — Sword and Shield’s new professor from the Galar region. (Naturally, Sonia is also Professor Magnolia’s granddaughter.)

My name’s Sonia, and I’m a Pokémon researcher. Here in Galar, I’m always helping out with research for my gran—Professor Magnolia, that is!

I’m sending this message because I could really use your help with some research I’m doing.

Next week, a camera will be set up in a strange forest here in Galar known as Glimwood Tangle, and the camera will begin broadcasting live footage.

The broadcast will last for 24 hours! If you could take a gander when you have time, that’d be just great. Thanks in advance!

The livestream is expected to showcase Pokémon from the Galar region, giving fans a peek at their behavior, among other things. A note on the Sword and Shield website says that viewers may see things that “surprise” them — hinting at new information, perhaps new Pokémon, evolutions, or moves, to be revealed during the stream. (The website also has a disclaimer that the footage will not be directly from the game.)

No doubt Pokémon fans will be scouring the 24-hour stream for any new details from Sword and Shield, running off fumes from the last big announcement — that “Wild Duck” Pokémon Farfetch’d will finally evolve in Sword and Shield.