New Pokemon Sword and Shield Update Released, Here's What It Does

Pokemon Sword and Shield's latest update, version 1.3.2 has been released on Nintendo Switch, bringing some new changes to help with the overall experience. The update is fairly small in the grand scheme of things, but players might notice a difference in both online and local wireless battles. The update specifically fixes an issue where Pokemon icons were previously not displaying correctly. Additionally, version 1.3.2 offers several other fixes intended to make the game run smoother. Unfortunately, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have not gone into great detail regarding the latter, so that's about all we know.

Nintendo did release patch notes on its official website, however, which can be found below:

  • Fixed the issue where some Pokémon icons were not properly displaying during online or local wireless battles.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Since the game's release in November 2019, Pokemon Sword and Shield have amassed a large and faithful following. The game has quickly become one of the best-selling on Switch, and fans have spent countless hours exploring the Galar region. As such, it's possible that players will pick up on some of the issues that have been fixed on their own!

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Unfortunately, fans hoping for a bigger update will have to keep waiting. At this time, it's unclear whether or not Game Freak and Nintendo will continue supporting Sword and Shield with major updates. The title received two DLC expansions last year, adding new areas to explore and new Pokemon to catch. However, this year will see the release of Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, while Pokemon Legends: Arceus will launch in 2022. With two major releases on the way, it's possible that Sword and Shield's biggest updates are a thing of the past. That said, it's entirely possible the game will see an update alongside those new releases, in order to allow players to bring older Pokemon into the Galar games. After all, there are still a number of Pokemon unobtainable! For now, fans will just have to wait and see.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is available now, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the game right here.

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