Nintendo in today’s Direct presentation revealed more information about its upcoming RPG games: Pokémon Sword & Shield, including the release date. It’s now official and quite uncanny for gamers, the Pokémon Sword & Shield release date is in November, in between the window Hideo Kojima gave us for the long-awaited Death Stranding and the very first single-player Star Wars releases.

Considering the time-frame people could allot for a particular game, nailing it right would require some level of concentration at least for a few weeks before the desire for another could emanate. People would also plan to spend a few bucks for one video game within the playing time-frame. Someone like me would play a single game for at least one month before paying attention to another. The fact that Pokémon game will be released in the same period we are expecting two other highly-anticipated games means they would have to share sales. We all know the culture: games are more interesting when none has experienced it before. It’s clear the audience for all three, to a certain degree, overlaps. Which of the games would attract more sales?

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For the past few years, EA fans have been crying out loud for a single-player game, which EA has countlessly reshuffled or canceled, in fact, the project has taken so long that we had lost trail before now. Jedi: Fallen release means the long prayer could finally get an answer, but not in a pleasing tone. It’s faced with competition from Pokémon.

Death Stranding could win more gamers if the hype is cool enough when released. The action game will hit stores one week ahead of Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokémon Sword & Shield. Death Stranding has gained more fans ever since the release of its first teaser a few years ago and it’s not difficult to believe how clean it would be when released. News that Pokémon would be released the following week could force some gamers into holding back their monies for the most thrilling piece.

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The upcoming battle for dominance among the three games will be fiercer than anything from Red Dead vs Call of Duty vs Battlefield. It’s a battle of who has the greater claim to nostalgia and recognition. Pokémon could be ahead, in my personal opinion, due to the assurance of quality and its level of familiarity. The uncertainties surrounding what Death Stranding could offer and its community repute are the major disadvantages. But the outcome remains inconclusive; otherwise, it won’t be a battle.

Through a new mechanic Dynamaxing, we will now have giant Pokémon in battles, says Nintendo at the event. The Monster Hunter-like addition allows gamers to go on Max Raid battles with friends, in which they’ll fight AI-controlled Dynamaxed Pokémon. You can preorder both games now to cut down the sales war.