Game Freak was on hand during this year’s E3 2019 Nintendo Treehouse to talk a bit about their upcoming game, Pokemon Sword and Shield. During the quick bit of screen time the game got, something very interesting was revealed. And it’s a bit of news that’s sure to upset some fans.
The news centers around Pokemon Home, Nintendo and Game Freak’s new cross-game Pokemon transfer and storage system. It turns out that Nintendo and Game Freak will be limiting what Pokemon can actually be transferred via this new system. Specifically, the game will be limited to importing only Pokemon that are already in the Galar Pokedex.
The idea here is to limit those beasts that can be traded or injected into games to a specific Pokedex. And given that there are more than 500 Pokemon at this point, it seems like a good idea to limit the amount of work, on both balance and overall development, it would take to implement a larger roster complete with the thousands of moves that these creatures have. After all it takes a lot of work to create the 3D model, animations, and gameplay mechanics for a Pokemon, not to mention hundreds of them.
Nonetheless, this is still going to be very controversial, especially to fans looking to engage with Pokemon Sword and Shield on a competitive level. Trainers who have also spent literal years collecting every single variant of the entire franchise’s roster will also be disappointed by this decision.
In other news, we saw the new legendary Pokemon in a previous reveal, one which also revealed a bunch of details about the battle system including Dynamax abilities. There’s also the cool Max Raid Battles that offer much more strategic choice in fights.
The game has been slowly building up hype since it was originally revealed for the Nintendo Switch. And ahead of its launch on November 15th, we’re likely to learn even more about the new mainline title in the iconic franchise.