Pokemon Sword and Shield Producer Again Responds To Backlash Over Not Every Pokemon Making The Pokedex

Pokemon Sword and Shield Producer Again Responds To Backlash Over Not Every Pokemon Making The Pokedex

"This was a very difficult decision for me," says Junichi Masuda.

Some Pokemon fans were disappointed when, at E3 2019, it was announced that not every pocket monster would be ported forward to Pokemon Sword and Shield. Today Junichi Masuda, the game's producer, replied to those with sympathy and a brief spark of hope.

In a blog post on the Pokemon site, Masuda says he's "read all your comments comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokemon." He goes on to address the inclusion and exclusion of certain Pokemon:

"Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokémon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. I'd like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokémon is not available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games."

Masuda originally announced at E3 2019 that not all Pokemon would move forward into the new games for the Nintendo Switch. Speaking to us in an interview at the time, he said he knew that point was going to come along eventually for the series.

"We knew at some point we weren't going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokemon," Masuda told USgamer. "And we just found that Sword and Shield would probably be a good point to go back and reevaluate what would be the best selection of Pokemon that appeal to the widest audience while keeping into consideration the balance of the battle system."

It's a decision that understandably hurt some fans who had developed long-time connections to their various monsters over the course of the series. However, it soon developed an ugly side and became vitriolic.

While this statement may help to cool things a bit, it also reaffirms Game Freak's position on the matter. Though your favorite could still make it into Sword and Shield (we still have much to learn about the game's Pokedex), it could also be excluded and then pop up in another game. There are still external games, like Pokemon Go, the upcoming Pokemon Masters, and Pokemon Showdown, for fans to play as their favorite Pokemon, but not every one of them is getting the Galar treatment. You'll need to make your peace with that ahead of the game's release on November 15 for the Nintendo Switch.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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