Pokemon Sword / Shield Producer On National Dex Drama, Says Cut Pokemon Will Return In Future

"You can look forward to seeing Pokemon that don’t appear in these games appearing in different regions in future games."

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Pokemon Sword and Shield sparked much controversy earlier this year, when producer Junichi Masuda revealed that the upcoming Switch titles will not feature every Pokemon from the series. This marks a dramatic change from past installments, and now we've learned a bit more on why developer Game Freak came to that decision.

Speaking to Game Informer, Masuda revealed that the decision to scale back Sword and Shield's Pokedex was made in part to free up the development team to work on other ideas for the games.

"Up until now, we've been proud we've been able to include so many Pokemon in the games, but as a result of that, there's actually been quite a few features or gameplay ideas that we've had to abandon in the past," Masuda said. "Going forward, thinking about the future of Pokemon, we want to prioritize all those new gameplay ideas, new ways to enjoy the game, and want to challenge ourselves at Game Freak to create new ways to enjoy the game. That's really what drove the decision for this new direction."

We recently got a glimpse at a couple of new features in the games, such as camping and curry cooking, and it appears that's only the tip of the iceberg. "We have a lot of awesome new challenges that we haven’t even revealed in Sword and Shield," Masuda said. "We want to continue to come up with these new features, so we figured this was the best path forward for the franchise"

While it's disappointing that Sword and Shield won't support every Pokemon in the series, Masuda reiterates that cut monsters will still return in future games, so they aren't gone permanently. "You can look forward to seeing Pokemon that don’t appear in these games appearing in different regions in future games," Masuda assures.

You'll also still be able to store all of your old Pokemon in the upcoming Pokemon Home cloud service, which will launch for Switch and smartphones early next year. "We're really designing it as the place for all of your Pokemon together, so it's really important for the future of the franchise, and it'll be more than even Pokemon Bank as a place to gather all your Pokemon together in one spot," Masuda said.

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch on November 15. We'll learn a bit more about the games very soon, as The Pokemon Company will be broadcasting a 24-hour animal cam-style stream starting this Friday, October 4, which will showcase "live" footage from an in-game location. For more on the games, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield pre-order guide.

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this is great news!

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"camping and curry cooking".........

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One of the biggest, most successful videogame franchises in history, and they're saying they didn't have enough developers to put all the pokemon in the game. That's a pathetic lie.

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Gimmicks over gameplay has consistently been a hurdle Nintendo can't clear without falling flat on their face. This game could have been amazing. Instead it's just another stupid gimmick.

I'd have traded the new "giant pokemon battle" nonsense for just ONE NORMAL POKEMON GAME ON A CONSOLE. So far, we're 0 and 18. I already canceled my preorder. I have no interest in another half-assed gimmick. I've had Pokemon on my team for years and I'm not benching them because the imbeciles who make Pokemon have no idea what makes their own damned game fun.

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In a sense, I don't really care about it. I'll still get the game, and I'll still enjoy it.

On the other hand, the excuses and responses they're offering for it are kinda cringeworthy. Needed to free up time for other aspects? Good, I'm sooo glad we've got camping and cooking curry to look forward to, instead. We'll see cut Pokemon in the future? You mean in future games with other Pokemon cut and no National Dex?

Yeesh.

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"Making so many Pokemon was a mistake..."

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The problem is you can't "Catch'em all" if they're not all programmed into the game. Doesn't help that there are no HMs either, so chances are there won't be as many water Pokemon that you would have gotten if surf was a usable move.

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Oh give me a break. Your freaking camping and curry mini game is not worth cutting the national dex. And saying don't worry you'll get to use your pokemon in a future game isn't comforting either, doesn't matter if they are just going to cut different pokemon, if they had said future games may have all the pokemon then that might make this bitter pill a bit easier to swallow, but no they are just going to double down on cutting pokemon.

His excuse doesn't even make sense, give me one good reason why a future switch pokemon game would have any reason to cut any of the pokemon already in Sword and Shield when they could easily be ported over? I mean they are already just reusing models so they shouldn't even be able to use that excuse now, but giving them the benefit of the tinniest bit of doubt they should at least not be scrapping the progress they make with each new switch game.

And if there are too many pokemon now I'd rather they just stop making new ones. Keep all existing pokemon and work on refining the games, I don't need them to keep pooping out 100s of mons. I mean I get they probably want to push merchandise sales so it probably helps them to release new pokemon, but do like 30 a generation and leave it at that.

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These kids with their fancy Treeckos, Mudkips, and Wombats! Back in my day we had 150 and we liked it!

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@TrueLink:

Can't forget that we only really had in-game Pokemon stats to determine the strongest. Now there's whole data-bases determining EV, IV, and whatever hidden values, to find the cream of the crop!

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@TrueLink: And we had to go uphill on Cycling Road, both ways!

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