Game Freak Addresses Pokémon Sword And Shield Pokedex Controversy

- Jun 29, 2019-

Game Freak has posted a message to fans from Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield producer Junichi Masuda. He addressed the controversy that not all Pokemon can be transferred over to the new latest game in the franchise when it launches later this year. 

Read the full message below:

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.

June 28, 2019

Junichi Masuda

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will launch worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on November 15.