Pokémon Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda has finally answered to the negative backlash from trainers worldwide concerning the National Dex – #BringBackTheNationalDex.
If you didn’t know, when Sword and Shield was revealed at E3 this year, Masuda announced that not all Pokémon from the franchise can be caught in the new game, sparking outrage amongst fans. In a recent interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Masuda thanked fans for their love of Pokémon, and then had this to say:
“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.”
Despite the calls for Sword and Shield’s delay, Masuda remains firm, reassuring fans that the world of Pokémon is still evolving (no pun intended). Many new Pokémon, Gym leaders to battle, and adventures to partake in can be found in the Galar region. “We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey“, said Masuda. Pokémon Sword and Shield comes out on 15 November this year for the Nintendo Switch.