Pokemon Sword and Shield are the first official installments coming to Nintendo Switch, with a couple of improvements that fans have been waiting for. The graphics are great, though they aren't that improved over the 3DS games, and there's also a number of gameplay mechanics that have changed, like the lack of HMs. Well, thanks to the continued coverage by Game Informer, we now know that there will be autosave and it's optional.
Sword and Shield director Shigeru Ohmeri confirmed that we're getting an autosave in these two games, which is a series first believe it or not. This is actually something fans have been craving for since there are moments where you play for hours and, maybe, forget to save. Granted, the game used to remind people about it early on but not as the journey continues.
Here's what Ohmeri had to say about the autosave in both games:
"It's a new feature we're implementing: full autosave functionality. Traditionally in Pokémon games, it's an important thing to write your report to record your save, and that's always been a staple, like, "Remember to save your game!" We do have an autosave feature this time, where you can just adventure and it'll constantly save the game."
While this doesn't resolve the issue of removing everyone's beloved National Pokedex, this is a mechanic fans have wanted since the DS era. Does this mean that Sword and Shield will have multiple saves this time? Probably not but that's what multiple accounts are for.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are coming out on November 15.