Earlier this week, as Pokémon Sword and Shield was shown off during Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3, it was revealed that not all Pokémon would be featured in the game. Rather than having the usual, complete Pokédex available at transferring your old catches over, only those found in the new Galar region (including some old favorites) will be obtainable.
Since the reveal, the Pokémon community has been in a bit of and uproar. The phrase 'Bring Back National Dex' soon started trending online and we have seen countless messages from fans upset at the situation, despite the fact that it seemed to be pretty wise logic behind the decision. [ChattingtothefolksoveratUSGamergameproducerJunichiMasudaexplainedthedecisioninmoredepthHenotesthat"thesheernumberofPokémon"isbecominganissueinitselfbuttheneedforhigherqualityanimationsonSwitchandtheseries"ever-growingbattlesystemalsohadanimpact
" Part of the thinking behind it, but it is probably the biggest reason for it is just the sheer number of Pokemon. We already have over 800 Pokemon species, and there is going to be more added in these games. Nintendo Switch, we are doing it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations. games a chance to shine. "
]" We knew that some point we were going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokemon, 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 th at appeal to the widest audience while keeping in mind the balance of the battle system. It's not just going to be all-new Pokemon in the Galar region Pokedex; there are still going to be a lot of favorites that fans will be able to bring about that they've been adventured with previously. But yeah, it was pretty much just balancing and getting this optimal selection of Pokemon for the adventure we wanted to provide. "
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You can go ahead and read the full interview right here if you're interested; it covers topics such as Pokémon's move into a new era, the new Dynamax system, Galar's UK inspiration and more
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