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Pokémon Sword and Shield are getting autosave, HMs won't return and more

Pikachu Dynamax in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pikachu Dynamax in Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: Game Freak)

What you need to know

  • Gameinformer has released several articles on new features and updates for Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • These include confirming autosave, HMs not returning, exp. sharing and more.
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield are aiming to be available on November 15.
  • You can preorder Pokémon Sword (opens in new tab) or Pokémon Shield for $60 (opens in new tab) from Amazon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are on the way. Ahead of the games' release, Gameinformer has released several new articles covering new features in Pokémon Sword and Shield. There's lots of nifty new features or pieces of information that fans will appreciate.

Here's an overview of the new information on features that are coming:

  • Autosave - you don't need to save after every encounter anymore.
  • Pokémon cut from Pokémon Sword and Shield may return for future games.
  • HMs (Hidden Machines) have been removed.
  • EXP. share - experience earned is automatically shared through all your Pokémon.
  • While Game Freak are being vague, there are systems in place that will better allow you to use your favorite Pokémon competitively.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are expected to release on November 15 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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Samuel Tolbert
Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar.

With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.