Ahead of the game’s launch next week, Pokémon Sword and Shield have been postponed in Japan. The Pokémon Company blamed “operational reasons” for the cancellation.
Veteran Pokémon lead producer and game director Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori were due to appear at the event. Taking place in Sunshine City Fountain Square, the event was scheduled for 15th November.
The ongoing disdain that fans have in regards to Sword & Shield focuses around the omission of the National PokéDex. These games will mark the first (and thus far, only) time a mainline Pokémon game does not include the Dex. A must for avid Pokémon collectors, the National Dex holds records of every Pokémon ever made in the series.
The Pokémon Company’s Problems
Speaking to Eurogamer, Masuda spoke about some of the difficulties the Pokémon Company has come across from fans;
“Of course, you know, you see these sort of negative comments and it does, as a developer, make you feel a bit down about certain things”
“But at the same time, you have to take criticism. For example with Pokémon Let’s Go, early on there were a lot of comments that it was too easy, or it was kind of a bit too ‘kid-focused’ and that sort of thing. That sort of comment is something you see, and you take on board, and really try and base improvements in the next game on the feedback you received from the last one.
“So, with regards to the Pokédex issue in particular that you’ve mentioned, that was something that was a really hard decision internally, there were a lot of discussions about which direction we should take that in, and ultimately we felt that, for the overall game, focusing on creating the richest experience we could within that game, leaving the Pokédex as we did was the best solution overall.”
Fans Issues With Sword/Shield
It’s unlikely that the PokéDex issues are to blame for the cancellation in Japan. Aside from the National Dex, there is a lot of frustration from fans of the series over several key issues. Chief among them being the loss of nearly half of all the Pokémon from the game.
A large part of the community has decried the Pokémon Company’s decision to leave out a large portion of characters. Another issue fans have is the overall graphical downgrade that appears to be presented. Masuda has previously stated how they had to remove several Pokémon to improve the quality of the game. However, that does not seem to be the case. Hopefully, this is all merely fans overreacting to pre-release footage. The games will prove a winner when they release later this month. Hopefully.
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