Pokémon Sword and Shield Will Not Reuse the Old Models: They Have Been Recreated from Scratch

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Pokémon Sword and Shield continue to be talked about, unfortunately not always in a positive way. Fans do not seem to have digested Game Freak’s decision to keep past generations from the pair of games.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, only monsters of the Galar regional Pokédex will be placed, which in addition to the newcomers will only include a selection of old acquaintances. Junichi Masuda and the boys of Game Freak have repeatedly explained that the reasons for this choice lie in the desire to preserve the fine balance of the combat system and in the difficulties that would arise from the realization of animations and models of over 800 species of Pokémon with quality made possible by Nintendo Switch.

In the past few hours, meanwhile, an interview granted to Famitsu a month ago, translated for the occasion by a Reddit user, came to the fore. Inside it is possible to find very important information, which Game Freak did not care to repeat in the interviews released in the following weeks. Apparently, according to the claims, the old Pokémon were recreated from scratch. The development team, therefore, did not limit itself to importing 3DS version assets into the code of new games as many believed. The need to recreate all the models from the foundations, together with the introduction of new mechanics like the Gigamax, therefore required further work and made it impossible to insert the entire Pokédex in time for the launch scheduled for November 15th exclusively on Switch. Suffice it to say that the team had many difficulties in inserting the entire Pokédex (which currently has 809 species of Pokémon) already in the Sun and Moon, succeeding due to the broken cap.