Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield were the protagonists of a completely dedicated Direct, transmitted in advance compared to the appointment with E3. Despite this, there was no lack of news on the games even during the Los Angeles fair.
From the Nintendo Treehouse station, it was possible to view a first gameplay video of Pokemon Spada and Scudo, which offered gamers an interesting opportunity to learn more about the mechanics that will characterize the game. Among these, a particular element was quickly spread, namely the choice of Game Freak to limit the number of Pokemon of the game to those present in the Pokedex of the Galar Region, the setting of the two new chapters. This choice. This means that it will not be possible to carry in the Sword and Shield Pokemon that are not included in the new Pokedex.
No less than the Producer Junichi Masuda returned to the subject in an interview granted to US Gamer. The latter then explained the reasons that led the team to make this choice, which marks a change of direction with respect to the last chapters of the series. Among the reasons highlighted, there is the now extremely large number of existing Pokemon: ” […] We already have more than 800 species of Pokemon and there will be more added in these games. And now they are on Switch, we are creating with higher fidelity and higher quality animations “. But, underlines Masuda emphasizes the need to guarantee a balance in the combat system. “We knew that at some point we would not be able to endlessly support all the Pokemon, and we simply felt that Spada and Scudo were a good opportunity to look back and re-evaluate what would have been the best selection of Pokemon that most people like. a large number of people taking into account the combat system balance”. In Masuda, however, he stresses that the Galar Pokedex will not only include unpublished Pokemon: “[…] there will still be many of the favorites that the fans will be able to take with whom they have had adventures before”.