Game Freak Refuses to Bow to Fan Pressure, Issues Statement Regarding Sword & Shield

Game Freak, creators of the massively popular Pokémon series of RPGs, has received a large amount of criticism after it was announced that not all Pokémon would be able to be brought to the upcoming games Pokémon Sword & Shield. While they remained silent on the issue for several weeks, Junichi Masuda has finally released a statement for fans.

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.

June 28, 2019

Junichi Masuda

This is not good news for those hoping that Game Freak would opt to appease fans and release support for all Pokémon after the games’ release.

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