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Game Freak responds to fan anger over Pokémon Sword and Shield’s limited Pokédex

Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda, longtime Pokémon series game designer and producer, responded today to fan blowback over Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and the developer’s decision to limit the amount of Pokémon that can be transferred to the game. Masuda’s statement, however, doesn’t amount to much, and only appears to acknowledge fans’ discontent about Pokémon Sword and Shield’s limited Pokédex.

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Snookies12112d ago (Edited 112d ago )

Obviously they just want to be lazy and make tons of money with very little effort. That much has been clear for the last like 5 generations of Pokemon games, haha. I love them, don't get me wrong. The developers are clearly not even attempting to push any boundaries though. This game looks like it could still run on a 3DS, despite it being the first actual Pokemon game on a Nintendo console (rather than a dedicated handheld.) If they'd focus on actually pushing the hardware and making the most of what they have access to. Maybe they wouldn't need to shoehorn in all these less-than-inspired new Pokemon designs. It's about quality, not quantity Game Freak. They rake in insane amounts of money from this series, where does it all go? Certainly not toward game development.

TK-66112d ago (Edited 112d ago )

"Obviously they just want to be lazy and make tons of money with very little effort."

Laziness? I don't think you know enough about game development to make any such judgment. The reality is that Game Freak needs to adapt with the times and understand that the team they have working on Pokemon is half the size of what it needs to be to create a fully realized Pokemon game on the Switch and future hardware.

Game Freak has roughly 140 devs and not all of them are working on S&S. The Switch is closer to last-gen in terms of power and we saw games like Halo 4 requiring 300+ developers to make. This is a classic case of Nintendo underestimating the jump in development just like they did with the Wii U when it came to HD. Game Freak needs to expand because the team is no longer big enough to cope with the scale of games on modern hardware.

"This game looks like it could still run on a 3DS, despite it being the first actual Pokemon game on a Nintendo console (rather than a dedicated handheld.)"

Stop being hyperbolic. You know it wouldn't run on the 3DS because the previous installments on that system were having framerate issues. Also you understand that handhelds are still games consoles right? https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

AspiringProGenji112d ago (Edited 112d ago )

It is laziness. You don’t have to be a game developer to spot bullshit. They say they can’t animate all 800+ pokemon now yet they are re using animations from Black and White for all pokemon?

“Stop being hyperbolic. You know it wouldn't run on the 3DS because the previous installments on that system were having framerate issues.” Ok, now explain why Battle Revolution looks better than S&S? 13 years after and the first ever pokemon game on a console looks like a 3DS game? Lmao

https://youtu.be/mbDOrjE4ka...

AspiringProGenji112d ago

Sorry I meant “Proper” pokemon game on a console

TK-66111d ago (Edited 111d ago )

"They say they can’t animate all 800+ pokemon now yet they are re using animations from Black and White for all pokemon?"

Black and White used sprites so your definitely wrong there. Notice how Animal Crossing got delayed but Pokémon didn't? Think about why that is. I know the answer but I want to see if you can figure it out.

"Ok, now explain why Battle Revolution looks better than S&S?"

You want to die on that hill? I don't have to explain beyond look at the two side by side. Give me direct visual comparisons of the graphics and you can see S&S looks better.

Also post a video that responds to my argument and not one that responds to random YouTube comments. I don't defend other people's arguments if I don't agree with them but nice try.

"Sorry I meant “Proper” pokemon game on a console"

Still a stupid term so the correction is irrelevant.

Snookies12111d ago

"Laziness? I don't think you know enough about game development to make any such judgment. The reality is that Game Freak needs to adapt with the times and understand that the team they have working on Pokemon is half the size of what it needs to be to create a fully realized Pokemon game on the Switch and future hardware."

You just proved my point by saying they need to adapt... They are clearly not making the most of what they're working with. So, where is all that money going? They sell millions of copies with each entry. If they're not using that money to really push their franchise forward (especially for what is pretty much their first major title on console.) Then what's the point? Just seems like wasted potential honestly. I'm still very much open to checking it out, and will 100% do so. I'm just disappointed that they're not living up to their potential with this franchise.

"Also you understand that handhelds are still games consoles right?"

I specifically said DEDICATED handheld in my post. That means exclusively handheld. I'm making the point that they are using a home console for this entry is all. I don't see what the semantics of the term 'console' has to do with anything here. I'm simply stating the jump in hardware should have provided a much more significant outcome for this entry. Especially considering how long people have been talking about, and wanting a home console Pokemon game. You expect much better quality when a series transitions to much better hardware, plain and simple.

TK-66111d ago

"You just proved my point by saying they need to adapt... They are clearly not making the most of what they're working with."

I didn't because it's quite clear you didn't read my comment. Saying that the development team is understaffed is not me saying they're 'clearly not making the most of what they're working with'. Were you too lazy to read the first paragraph properly? Bit ironic considering your accusation of laziness.

"I specifically said DEDICATED handheld in my post. That means exclusively handheld. I'm making the point that they are using a home console for this entry is all."

The Switch isn't a home console.

Snookies12108d ago (Edited 108d ago )

@TK-66 - If they are UNDERSTAFFED they have the MONEY to hire new STAFF. It's not that hard to figure out... You are still avoiding my primary question of what they are DOING with the massive amount of money they are making. Hence my point of them NOT making the most of what they're working with (meaning the money they are raking in.)

YES the Switch IS a home console. I seem to have to really accentuate some key wording here, because you're not paying attention to what I'm saying. If the Switch Isn't a home console, then neither was the Wii U. Are you saying Nintendo no longer makes home consoles? The Switch and Wii U are hybrid consoles. Just because they can be taken on the go, doesn't mean they're DEDICATED handheld consoles. Even if you consider it a handheld, the Switch is still a lot more powerful than 3DS and Wii U. Something Game Freak aren't taking nearly full advantage of. That's crystal clear. You should never have to settle! Not as a fan. Not as a company. Not as a developer. Especially when you are in charge of a multi-million dollar franchise like Pokemon. Make something you are proud of, not something you've settled on. It's easy to see Game Freak has fallen into the latter category. Why is it so bad that I want to see them achieve something really amazing? They're in the right direction, but have never pushed the boundary to reach it. It's just saddening, as a fan of Pokemon since the original Red/Blue/Yellow days.

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TK-66108d ago (Edited 108d ago )

"If they are UNDERSTAFFED they have the MONEY to hire new STAFF. It's not that hard to figure out... You are still avoiding my primary question of what they are DOING with the massive amount of money they are making. Hence my point of them NOT making the most of what they're working with (meaning the money they are raking in.) "

I'm going to try and make this as simple as possible for you. When Nintendo made the jump to HD with the Wii U they severely underestimated the scale of production necessary for games of that scale. This is looking like an exact repeat of that sitatuon. No point shouting about how they have so much money because Nintendo had money back then. The point that you clearly want to miss is that they were once again underprepared. Your money point is irrelevant because I'm not claiming they cant afford to hrie new people to get off that.

"YES the Switch IS a home console. I seem to have to really accentuate some key wording here, because you're not paying attention to what I'm saying. If the Switch Isn't a home console, then neither was the Wii U."

If the Switch is a hybrid so is the Vita. Does my Gameboy Advance become a hybrid if I get the Gamecube adapter? No. The Switch fits every definition of what a handheld system is with a TV output bundled into the box. That does not mean you get to magically define it as a new category of system just because Nintendo markets it as that.

"Just because they can be taken on the go, doesn't mean they're DEDICATED handheld consoles."

You're right because theres no such thing as a 'DEDICATED handheld console'. It's either a home console or a handheld console and the Switch ticks every box to be considered a handheld so that's what it is. Just because you've bought into a marketing campaign doesn't change that.

"Why is it so bad that I want to see them achieve something really amazing? They're in the right direction, but have never pushed the boundary to reach it."

If you believe that the Switch in some way is also a home console then what you just said is bullshit. if I follow your logic you're demanding they push technical boundaries on the weakest system so you obviousyly don't want to see something amazing or you'd have demanded a 'DEDICATED home console' thats more powerful than the Xbox One/PS4.

-Foxtrot112d ago

The worst thing about this response, from what I'm seeing on Twitter anyway, is how people are defending the shit out of them when most would destroy any other company/studio for removing features.

It's worse when some of Gamefreak's best are working on a side project called Town, why the hell would you start making this alongside your first ever, big Pokemon game to usher in the new generation. Look at the other games on the system compared to Sword and Shield

https://pbs.twimg.com/media...

Then you have the fact they prioritized a shitty new battle gimmick, Dynamax, over the NationalDex or hell, any other feature. They can do that but can't bring in the other Pokemon?

Have you not noticed how every game seems to remove features outside the battle ones. What happened to secret bases, the underground, Pokemon/Trainer accessory customizations, DexNav, Poketch etc, those were so awesome and I wanted them to improve on those things. What do they do instead? Add silly over the top battle gimmicks for each new game.

Not to mention I've seen some bad graphic textures and glitches being shown off and it's something that should be addressed, they need to delay the game I reckon.

SamPao112d ago

Well there is a reason for that. Game development is only gonna increase in cost. But people demand more every year.

-Foxtrot112d ago

Seriously, considering they are reusing stuff from past Pokemon games, it's not all that demanding.

GameFreak has only a small number of staff and for the big Pokemon game on the Switch they decide to split their team on Town / Pokemon Lets Go and waste time doing things like Dynamax which nobody asked for.

Their priorities are shit, it's like taking on so many after school clubs then complaining you don't have enough time for your main class essay, the question becomes "why did you take so much on when you knew you had your main essay to do?"

Bhuahahaha112d ago

that cost(game development) is offset by a large gaming market now compare to before

SamPao112d ago

@buahahaha past pokemon games sold more than now. Or about the same. So I guess that is not necesseraly true.

Sirk7x112d ago (Edited 112d ago )

Game Freak makes up only a small amount of the money from the Pokemon Company now that Pokemon Go made over 5% of the total revenue alone that the entire franchise (movies, merch, games, toys, etc) has made in over 20 years. This is the truth of mobile gaming; it's lucrative beyond belief. They're covering their asses by making other games in case they get the boot by the company and Nintendo some day soon. They obviously weren't given the time and resources needed to create what fans expect of a Pokemon Game on Switch. Should have been delayed another year, but Pokemon Company has movies to premier, an anime to broadcast, merch, toys, you name it. It's all soulless, big business decisions. Still gonna make hundreds of millions and they know it. Honestly, they probably have so many higher ups telling them what to include and how to make Pokemon games, that I'd be surprised if there's any passion left in the team for it.

BlackIceJoe112d ago

I agree completely, there has been so many great Pokemon features added over the years and it is sad to see GameFreak take them away, over expanding on them.

KeenBean345111d ago

Agreed. I can live without the national dex but the graphics are beyond a joke. There is a screenshot going around of it compared to Pokemon XD on the gamecube with XD actually looking better and having more detailed textures. It's pure laziness on gamefreak's part

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milohighclub112d ago

Are people actually expecting them to model, rig and animate 800 pokemon 😂😂😂 28514;
They've done this pretty much every generation why is it such a big deal now?

The biggest issue i think is it sticks to turn based battles. Would have loved to be able to freely control the pokemon. Would have been cool if battles played like Pokken.

Sono421112d ago

considering the grand total of zero effort they put into battle animations... yes we do expect that.

milohighclub111d ago (Edited 111d ago )

It's not just battle animations, every pokemon walks round, assuming they'll allow you to have a buddy, they'll need unique animations plus battles and pokedex entries. On top you want every feature from every game, you want the biggest map, all the regions and all the gyms and you still better innovate wah wah wah you expect too much from a team of about 140... xD lol I want, i want, I want, me, me fucking me. Nothing is ever enough. Entitled much? You sound like spoilt brats. No wonder they're taking the mechanics in a different direction because core fans will never be pleased cos you're all so hardcore...with your pokemon woes xD

redey3111d ago

Fool, a year one programing student did better animations on his free time in a day for a pokemkom than the “experienced” gamefreak. Look it up

AK91112d ago

Ugh for years the biggest complaint with Pokémon was that they just added more Pokémon rather than trying to make a more compelling game, now when they attempt go that route of course the this is what happens *sigh*

Outlawzz111d ago

I'm sorry how are they making this a more compelling game ? It looks the same as any other entry on 3ds in terms of content,story,gameplay,etc. The only thing better are the graphics which are still not anything impressive.

EddieNX 111d ago

The game is set in the Galar region. A small, British Inspired island. Why would it have every single Pokémon in the world in one region?
How would they place all the legendaries throughout the map?

I can't wait for it!!!!

TK-66111d ago

The exact argument is why can't they be transferred over. No one is realistically requesting you be able to catch everything in the one game.

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