During a Nintendo Treehouse live segment at this year's E3, game freak producer Junichi Masuda shocked fans when he revealed that Pokémon Sword and Shield did not all would contain pocket monsters.
Before that long-time players had expected to be able to catch and even transfer them all. In an interview with US Gamer, Masuda further explained how the decision to limit the Pokédex was because "the sheer number of Pokémon" had become a problem in itself. Nevertheless, the phrase "Bring Back National Dex" began to prevail online.
To calm the situation, The Pokémon Company has now released a statement on behalf of Masuda. It is a sincere reaction to the uproar, with the producer admitting that it was a "very difficult decision":
Many thanks to all our fans who were so interested in Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon can not be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield . I have read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.
Like all of you, we are passionate about Pokémon and each one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. Let me make one thing clear: even if a particular Pokémon is not available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield it does not mean that it will not appear in future games.  The world of the Pokémon continues to evolve. The Galar region offers new Pokémon to fight, coaches to fight and adventures to start. We put our hearts into these games and hope that you are looking forward to this new journey.
As mentioned before, this does not mean that a certain Pokémon sword and shield will not hurt it will not return in future games. Despite the removal of certain pocket monsters in the last issue, the Galar region promises to surprise the coaches with new Pokémon, adventures and battles.
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