The PokÃ©mon Company has issued a statement following the backlash it received after announcing that one of the previous games' key features won't be included in the upcoming titles "PokÃ©mon Sword and Shield."
Game Freak director and "PokÃ©mon Sword" and "PokÃ©mon Shield" producer Junichi Masuda announced earlier that not every PokÃ©mon from previous games will be included in the upcoming titles. This announcement, as per ComicBook, resulted in massive backlash from the fanbase.
The backlash, according to Polygon, is serious. Fans started calling the game studio "lazy" and "greedy." Fans even demanded via social media that Game Freak should bring back the "National PokeDex," a list of PokÃ©mon that have been featured in every "PokÃ©mon" game from start until "PokÃ©mon Sun" and "PokÃ©mon Moon." Some of them even called the PokeDex controversy "Dexit."
In an attempt to appease the restless fanbase, Masuda released a statement saying that he has "read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for PokÃ©mon." The game producer said that all of the people at the PokÃ©mon Company are "passionate about PokÃ©mon" and that each and every one of the 800+ PokÃ©mon "are very important" to them.
He said that because of the effort and time they have spent creating and working on the "PokÃ©mon" video games, deciding to limit the number of PokÃ©mon to be included in the new titles was a "very difficult decision" for him. He then made a promise to all "PokÃ©mon" fans:
"I'd like to make one thing clear: even if a specific PokÃ©mon is not available in PokÃ©mon Sword and PokÃ©mon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games."
Masuda then ended the note by saying the world of "PokÃ©mon" will continue to "evolve." Players will see more PokÃ©mon in the new region of Galar. They will also face more encounters, more challenges, and will have more adventures to enjoy.
"We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey," Masuda said.
ComicBook noted that this isn't the kind of reply fans are waiting for. Many fans reportedly wait for the PokÃ©mon Company to announce something like a DLC that will bring all PokÃ©mon from older titles to the new ones, which will be released Nov. 19 this year.
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