Before this, long-time players were expecting to be able to catch 'em and even transfer 'em 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 an issue in itself. Despite this, the phrase 'Bring Back National Dex' began trending online.
In an attempt to calm the situation, The Pokémon Company has now published a statement, on behalf of Masuda. It's a sincere response to the uproar, with the producer admitting it was a "very difficult decision" to make:
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.
As noted, if a specific Pokémon doesn't make the cut in Sword and Shield, it doesn't mean it won't return in future games. Despite the removal of certain pocket monsters in the latest outing, the Galar region still promises to surprise trainers with new Pokémon, adventures and battles.
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