Pokemon CEO Dashes National Dex Hopes for Sword & Shield

Maybe Next Time, Trainers

There’s been a lot of uproar over the news that not every Pokemon will be in Sword and Shield. How will dedicated players bring over their oldest, most cherished Pokemon? The CEO made a public statement to address people’s national dex hopes and dreams. The statement was to… crush them?

Pokemon Sword and Shield

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.

On the one hand, maybe those Pokemon will show up in future games! Don’t lose hope, you guys! On the other hand, said games likely won’t be compatible with the last game to have a National Pokedex. Thus, all your oldest friends will be straight up stranded forever. Unless you invest in the new version of the Pokemon Bank. See what they did there? Pokemon Sword and Shield will be coming this November to the Nintendo Switch.