The Pokémon Company Releases Statement Amid National Dex Drama

After not appearing online since E3, Junichi Masuda has released a statement on the criticism of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the absence of a national pokédex. The statement confirms that there won't be any changes to the games as planned. It is also reassures fans that the excluded Pokémon will show up in future titles.
The Pokémon Company Releases Statement Amid National Dex Drama

The Pokémon Company Releases Statement Amid National Dex Drama

Junichi Masuda, the producer for Pokémon Sword and Shield, has released a statement regarding the fact that not all pokémon will be available in the games. In the statement, which can be found on the official Pokémon website, Masuda assures fans that he has heard their feedback. He follows by saying that just because some pokémon will be missing from Sword and Shield doesn’t mean that they will not appear in future games. He then concludes by inviting fans to play the games.

The statement in full is posted below:

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.

Masuda’s statement implies that in whatever main series games follow Sword and Shield, the pokémon missing from Sword and Shield will very likely be reintroduced in some capacity.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are scheduled to release for the Nintendo Switch on November 15th, 2019

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