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Game Freak Responds to Uproar Surrounding the Lack of Pokémon in Sword and Shield

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Game Freak director, Junichi Masuda doubles down on limiting the amount of Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield, despite the uproar.

During Nintendo’s E3 Direct live stream earlier this month, Game Freak announced that not all Pokémon would be featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Masuda has since released a response on the official Pokémon website in an attempt to calm the situation. He said:

“Thank you to all of our fans for caring so deeply about Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.

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.

The world of Pokémon continues to evolve. The Galar region offers new Pokémon to encounter, Trainers to battle, and adventures to embark on. We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.”

Game Freak appears to be sticking strongly to the announcement, but notably states the Pokémon that do not make the cut in Sword and Shield may still appear in future games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are set to release on Nintendo Switch, November 15th, 2019.

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