Pokemon Sword and Shield Aren't Recycling 3D Models, Game Freak Confirms

Joanna Estrada
July 16, 2019

Let us know what you think about Pokemon Sword and Shield and whether or not you are interested in playing the game when it comes out.

Due to the nature of the Nintendo Switch's better hardware and smoother framerates, the 3DS-era Pokemon models and animations were unable to be directly transferred over to engine that Sword and Shield are running on, so the team over at Game Freak had to remake every Pokemon model.

The complaint stems from Game Freak's decision not to support every single Pokemon species in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

However, that has actually turned out to not be the case.

According to Game Freak's Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, bringing the entire Pokedex, which now spans 806 Pokemon, to the Switch games would be considerably more hard than simply porting them to another 3DS game. These include a legendary Pokemon exclusive to each game, different teams, different day cycles as seen in Pokemon Sun and Moon, and different gym leaders as most recently seen in Pokemon Sword and Shield. All of the game's models have been made from scratch.

All that being said, acting as if the graphical improvement was the main reason for the elimination of the National Dex is misleading as well. In the first interview regarding the controversy, Matsuda specifically mentions that the games battle system is the primary driver for the decision. This adds to the social aspect of the game. And now that they're on the Nintendo Switch, we're creating it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations. "We're making sure we can keep everything balanced and give all the Pokemon that appear in the games a chance to shine". There will also be raid battles with huge Dynamax Pokemon, clearly inspired by Pokemon GO, and maybe more. I'm game! Although the National 'Dex completion was always my number one goal, I'll gladly settle for Galar region completion.

There will likely be more differences between Sword and Shield announced in the lead up to the November 15 release, which will be updated here.

What are your thoughts on this?

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