Pokémon Sword and Shield Missing Pokémon is Due to Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2019 / 1,209 Views
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will not have every single Pokemon in the game and Game Freak developers Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori in an interview with Famitsu clarified that the reason for this was to prioritize quality over quantity.
When you take into account every Pokemon and form changes the total number is now over 1,000. The developers wanted to create more detailed and better animated Pokemon in the game.
"With the move to Nintendo Switch, it became possible to recreate Pokemon with more beautiful and livelier animations but on the other hand it took more time to develop," said Masuda. "Another point is that the total number of Pokemon has exceeded 1000, including new Pokemon and form changes.
"As a result, in addition to adapting to changes in hardware in order to create quality graphics, it has become very difficult to adjust the balance of each Pokemon’s unique skills. That is the reason for this decision, and why we have decided it will be difficult to have all Pokemon appear in future works.
"This decision is personally very sad [for me]. Of course I wanted to be able to bring every Pokemon if I could, but it was also a decision that I had to make eventually. In the end, I had no choice but to prioritize quality."
Ohmori added, "Even in Pokemon Sun and Moon it was quite the difficult situation to bring in every Pokemon, but then we switched to Nintendo Switch and the models had to be rebuilt from scratch so we had to make some decisions. However, although there are limitations to the amount of Pokemon you can play with, Pokemon Sword and Shield‘s content such as the Wild Area and story are quite extensive."
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will launch worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on November 15.
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