Pokemon developer Game Freak has been battling the ire of fans ever since they announced that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield wouldn’t let you put all previous Pokemon in the games’ Pokedex. The fallout from that decision sparked another rumor that Game Freak has been using recycled 3D models of what older Pokemon will be available in order to cut down on production costs. However, a recent interview with Famitsu, originally reported on by Polygon, surfaced on social media and Reddit, disputing the rumor.
The month-old interview features Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori saying that Game Freak has in fact been creating new models for Pokemon from scratch. The pair added that importing all 809 (at the time) previous Pokemon into Pokemon Sun and Moon was difficult.According to Masuda and Ohmori, bringing Pokemon into the Switch’s improved 3D graphics (compared to the 3DS titles) would have been considerably more difficult than importing them into another 3DS game.
This decision is personally sad,” Ohmori said, according to Google Translate. “Of course, I wanted to be able to bring all Pokemon if I could do it, but it was also a decision that I had to make some day. In the end, I had no choice but to choose the quality.”
Of course, other new features in Pokemon Sword
and Shield could account for the difficulty Game Freak has experienced, like adding Gigantamax and Dynamax versions of certain Pokemon.
It may be a moot point for fans in the end, considering the Pokemon Company announced Pokemon Home, a sort of bank where you can store all your Pokemons’ data for future usage.
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