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Pokémon Producer Releases Statement on National Dex Controversy

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Longtime Pokémon director and producer Junichi Masuda has released a statement addressing the controversy surrounding the lack of a National Pokédex.

It was an easy to miss detail since it wasn’t exactly a promotional bullet point. But during E3 last month, Masuda confirmed that upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield would not support the full 800+ Pokémon National Dex, the first for a mainline Pokémon game.

Longtime Pokémon fans who have been importing their favorites for years were understandably disappointed. The furor has lasted for weeks since E3, prompting Masuda to release an official statement:

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 Swordand 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.

While the news is disappointing, the actual Galar Pokédex has not yet been announced. Currently we don’t know how many Pokémon will be included in Sword and Shield. Sword and Shield are also the first main new Pokémon games to appear on the Switch, outside of the traditional handheld consoles. We expect to see expanded and updated animations and models, and look forward to more Pokémon getting the same treatment in future Switch Pokémon games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is out November 15 on Switch.

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Pokémon Home, Pokémon Sleep Coming 2020; Pokémon Direct Next Week

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At a recent press conference in Japan, The Pokémon Company announced several new projects, games, and apps. The big upcoming Pokéman game: Pokémon Sword and Shield, will be detailed in an upcoming Nintendo Direct next week on June 5.

Pokémon HOME is the next evolution of Pokémon Bank. It’s a cloud-based app where trainers can manage their collection of Pokémon throughout the modern generation of games, including Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. It’s also compatible with Pokémon Bank, allowing you to transfer Pokémon from previous generations. Pokémon can also be traded with anyone around the world through Pokémon HOME with a mobile device. HOME is launching in early 2020 on iOS, Android, and Switch.

Pokémon Sleep is the less mobile cousin of Pokémon GO. It’s a mobile app that tracks your sleeping via the embedded accelerometer from the new Pokémon GO Plus + device. The new device has the same functionality as the original, allowing you to use it to play Pokémon GO as well. Details on how all this works are scarce but the company promises “a gameplay experience unlike any other.” Pokémon Sleep will launch for mobile devices in 2020.

Pokémon Masters is a proper mobile spin-off game. It features 3v3 Pokémon battles with the biggest trainers from Pokémon history. It’s built specifically for mobile casual mobile gameplay, and is launching later this year.

A new Detective Pikachu game was also announced. This one will be a sequel to the events of the first game, which released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016. The new Detective Pikachu is being developed for the Switch. A release date has yet not been announced.

For those hoping for any information on the next big Pokémon games, you’ll have to wait until next week. A special Pokémon Direct will stream on June 5 at 6 am Pacific/9 am Eastern, and focus solely on Pokémon Sword and Shield. We expect to get an official release date, most likely in November.