So the Pokemon Direct just aired. The long-awaited main series titles for Switch are called Sword and Shield versions. The region is called “Galar” and seems to be based on England. From what I’ve seen it looks interesting.
I think the most revealing part is that Game Freak seems to (as of now) be backing off from Sun and Moon’s not having conventional “gyms” per se, with the direct showing a normal gym challenge. The starters look decent, at least.
The “more for the Pokemon brand” is, in my opinion, a hint that someone from Sword/Shield will be a later Smash Ultimate DLC fighter. I mean, I like gimmicks and think the Persona 5 Joker was a nice Snake-style choice, but my head must take precedence over my heart. Dreams of obscure fun characters must give way to the likelihood that it’ll be probably be stuff like characters from this and Fire Emblem Three Houses.