Recently, the news was shared that if a certain Pokemon isn’t included in the Galar Pokedex, it will not be able to be transferred to the new Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The Pokemon fanbase has been very upset about this news and have audibly expressed their dissatisfaction.
In a recent statement, the game’s director, Junichi Masuda, expresses his sincerest apologies in addition to shedding some more light on the matter…
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 Sword and 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.
From the sounds of it, Masuda appears to be just as upset about this news as the fans and that he and the team are dedicated to rectify this in future instalments.