Earlier this year, Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda shocked the Pokémon community when he revealed some creatures would be left behind. After much backlash from fans, it resulted in him releasing an official statement, saying how it was a “very difficult decision” to make.
He also explained at the time that if a specific pocket monster wasn’t available in the newest games, that it didn’t mean it would not appear in future games. Now, in his most recent interview with Game Informer, Masuda has made it very clear how cut Pokémon would “definitely” return in future entries. He even referenced Pokémon Home – the new cloud storage service:
You can look forward to seeing Pokémon that don’t appear in these games appearing in different regions in future games. I think Pokémon Home, for a lot of players, will serve as a launching pad to gather them all there and then embark on future adventures.
Masuda revealed how part of the decision to cut Pokémon came down to prioritisation of new ideas and features. Back in June, he also said “the sheer number of Pokémon” had become an issue in itself.
Up until now, we’ve been proud we’ve been able to include so many Pokémon in the games, but as a result of that, there’s actually been quite a few features or gameplay ideas that we’ve had to abandon in the past. Going forward, thinking about the future of Pokémon, we want to prioritize all those new gameplay ideas, new ways to enjoy the game, and want to challenge ourselves at Game Freak to create new ways to enjoy the game. That’s really what drove the decision for this new direction.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t as open about how many creatures in total had been removed from the upcoming releases, due out next month.
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