Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Sheild are out later in November for the Nintendo Switch. How long does it take to beat the main campaign of both games?
The new Pokémon is the first current-generation iteration of the game that is launching on a console for Nintendo. It means that the developers had to make some sacrifices like ditching the old Pokémon dex and focusing on the new generation of Pokémon. It did lead to some backlash but now that the game is out soon, the backlash has calmed down a little.
In a recent interview with GameInformer, the game director Shigeru Ohmori and producer Junichi Masuda talked about the length of the game.
When asked about the game’s length, the game director Shigeru Ohmori gave the following response without going into specifics.
“I think it’s hard to go into details of that, but in terms of the volume or the amount of content in the main adventure, it’s comparable to other Pokémon generations that we’ve played,” said Ohmori.
“I think there’s a lot of interesting activities that, for example, completing the Pokédex or really going out into the Wild Area and engaging with those mechanics, that’ll add a lot of replay value for players who are looking to get really hardcore into that.”
Producer Junichi Masuda didn’t really have much to add here and simply talked about the three years that they spent in making this new game.
“I feel like a lot of players these days will typically burn through content and try to go to the ending as fast as they can. From our perspective, we spent three years making it! [Laughs] We do hope that players will take their time through the adventure, but yeah, that’s my perspective.”
Just for a reference, it took an average of 24 and a half hours to beat Pokémon Let’s Go and 33 hours to beat Pokémon Sun and Moon, if we count just the main campaign.