Pokemon Sword and Shield are just 5 months away from release. Although Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 has been getting most of the attention at this year’s E3, director Shigeru Ohmori and producer Junichi Masuda have been doing a lot of interviews too. In fact, the pair were interviewed by USGamer and talked about a variety of things related to Pokemon Sword and Shield. Firstly, they talked about the post-game. Ohmori said that “I can’t really say too much today, of course, but I do want to say it’s not just the story, and then you’re done with the game. We’ve got a lot of content for players to enjoy after they finish the story. Also, for players who are really big fans of the battle system and the competitive scene, there’s going to be a lot for them to engage with”
Unfortunately, not all of Pokemon’s headlines have been great. It was confirmed that Pokemon Bank compatibility with Sword and Shield will only be limited to Pokemon that are on the Galar Pokedex, and people are not happy about this. Masuda was asked why the decision was made to do this. Masuda explained that “there are a couple of different parts to the thinking behind it, but really the biggest reason for it is just the sheer number of Pokemon. We already have well over 800 Pokemon species, and there’s going to be more added in these games. And now that they’re on the Nintendo Switch, we’re creating it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations. But even more than that, it’s coming down to the battle system. We’re making sure we can keep everything balanced and give all the Pokemon that appear in the games a chance to shine.
We knew at some point we weren’t going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokemon, and we just found that Sword and Shield would probably be a good point to go back and reevaluate what would be the best selection of Pokemon that appeal to the widest audience while keeping into consideration the balance of the battle system. It isn’t just going to be all-new Pokemon in the Galar region Pokedex; there’s still going to be a lot of favorites that fans will be able to bring over that they’ve adventured with previously. But yeah, it was pretty much just balancing and getting this optimal selection of Pokemon for the adventure we wanted to provide”.