Are Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra DLC Sequels?

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When Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori appeared on Jan. 9’s Pokemon Direct presentation, we were expecting a little update for the eighth generation games. What we got was an expansion pass that features new areas to explore, characters, and new Pokémon.

With its status as an expansion pack, does this answer the question of Sword and Shield getting sequels? The short answer: yes. As the expansion packs for Sword and Shield are optional to purchase, they offer new adventures that take place after the events of Sword and Shield.

To Game Freak’s credit, this is the answer to Sword 2 and Shield 2, making the games more expansive and offering more content that can just be added in the base game.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass-Announcement Trailer

The Wild Area was only the beginning. Forge a brand-new path to greatness with the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass! Coming by the end of June 2020 and later in 2020.

The DLC expansion passes are strictly exclusive to the version you own, being similar as getting Black and Black 2, for example. This also means that you cannot play the Sword DLC expansion pass if you only have a copy of Shield.

The Isle of Armor will be released in June 2020 and The Crown Tundra will be released in Fall 2020.