Potentially putting a bit of a downer on our otherwise positive early impressions of Pokémon Sword And Shield, it has been revealed that not every Pokémon will be obtainable in the game.
The news comes from the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, where game producer Junichi Masuda confirmed that not all Pokémon will carry over to the new games. Pokémon HOME – an upcoming cloud service which will let you transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO, Let’s Go, and Pokémon Bank to the new games – will only let monsters which appear in the Galar Pokédex be sent over.
Masuda said that the team spent “a lot of time” thinking about how it would be best to deal with the ever-expanding Pokédex, noting that the team had to balance reworking as many Pokémon as possible to fit with the Switch’s advanced hardware and presentation possibilities while still working towards development deadlines. Battle balance also played a part, with the idea of having more than 800 options available for competitive play presenting a number of potential balancing issues.
The games will feature a completely new set of Pokémon – including the previously revealed Wooloo, Gossifleur and others – as well as some older favourites such as Pikachu, of course. The current total of available Pokémon is unknown.
Does this impact your opinion on the new games? Is transferring your entire collection an essential part of the experience, or are you happy enough with having a new generation to play with? Let us know in the usual place.