Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have been no stranger to controversy over the last few months. The main issue that has upset many fans stems from developers Game Freak announcing at E3 2019 that they would be removing over 400 Pokemon from Sword and Shield‘s Pokedex.
Game Freak has stood by their decision and commented that they have no plans to add the missing Pokemon – a statement that has done little but stoke the raging flame of fan ire.
“What if I want to take the Blaziken I started with in Ruby and use it in Sword? Before this, all I’d need to do is transfer it via Pal Park to Pokemon Diamond, then link it with another DS to send him to Pokemon Black 2, and then finally use the Pokemon Bank to put it in my copy of Ultra Moon. But now? All that work was for nothing. #dexit #fuckgamefreak #pokemonswordandshill,” wrote one Twitter user on the topic.
In a wild turn of events, Game Freak announced that in tandem with the games’ release, in addition to removing hundreds of Pokemon, they will also be removing half of the fanbase.
“In the interest of competitive diversity, the continued growth of Pokemon as a franchise, and to create positivity within the community, we will be cutting 50% of the fandom from Sword and Shield,” Pokemon series director Junichi Masuda stated at a press event.
“While these users will not be able to play the newest games in the series, they will be free to play older games that feature the missing monsters such as Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, Leaf Green, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Let’s Go, and Snap.”
There has been no official word as of yet on if the removed Pokemon and fans would be making a return to the franchise in the future. However, speculation has suggested that some of those cut for not meeting the franchise’s standards of positivity may eventually make their way over to Super Smash Bros.