Last month brought the news that the new Pokémon games Sword & Shield would be the first in the series to not include the National Pokédex, meaning that you wouldn’t be able to transfer all your pokémon from your old saves to the new games. In a new statement from producer Junichi Masuda he says that it was “a very difficult decision”.
“Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield,” Masuda wrote in the statement. “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.”
Masuda did go on to give a little hope for the future of those pokémon not included in Sword & Shield. “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.”
There is also hope that some of the Pokémon that aren’t in Sword & Shield at launch may be added in future updates to the game.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
In previous Pokémon games, while there would be a whole bunch of new pokémon and some old pokémon wandering the world to be captured, you could also transfer any creature from previous games into the new game and add it to your squad. However, with Sword & Shield coming to Switch and allowing for greater detail for each pokémon the work of recreating more than 800 pokémon was a demanding feat. Masuda told Polygon that the team spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was” as the Pokédex kept expanding. And then, on top of that, there’s the matter of balancing all the creatures so they can work together.