Game Freak expands on the reasons for not including all Pokemon in Pokemon Sword & Shield, talks about the importance of Home going forward

Gone, but not forgotten...

The Famitsu gang had the chance to interview Game Freak's Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori at E3 2019, and they picked their brains on Pokemon Sword & Shield. Check out a summary of that interview below.

- with the shift to the Switch, the amount of time needed for graphics/animation increased
- apart from the graphics, balancing for new Pokemon with new abilities has become very hard
- the team found that it would be hard for all the Pokemon to appear, even in titles going forward
- the team felt the decision to not include all Pokemon in Sword/Shield is one that had to be made sooner or later for the series
- even in Pokemon Sun & Moon, bringing in every Pokemon was something barely manageable
- in Pokemon Sword & Shield, the team's need to redo models meant even more work to take on
- the Wild Areas and story will have quite a bit of content to make up for the lack of all Pokemon
- the team says once again that it's uncertain as to whether missing Pokemon will be added in future updates
- even if not in Pokemon Sword & Shield, Game Freak plans on making those Pokemon shine in future titles going forward,
- a large part of this will be with Pokemon Home, as the devs do not want the players’ past Pokemon to feel worthless
- the team is deciding if Pokemon that receive new graphics through Sword & Shield will reuse them to appear in new titles
- the inclusion of gimmicks like Mega Evolution and Dynamax that affect all Pokemon means doing so would be difficult
- it’s not about adding more Pokemon in as they receive graphical upgrades
- the team says it's a change towards bringing in Pokemon from Pokemon Home that fit the game
- the reason behind the name Pokemon Home, is that it's a place to return to
- bringing Pokemon out to games going forward is like bringing it on a trip
- in terms of the feelings of the Pokemon, it's as if the Pokemon are saying, “This region is cold, so I’ll be staying at home.”
- Game Freak once again says they're thinking of adding gameplay elements to Pokemon Home
- Musuda has the concept of bringing Pokemon out to even the spinoff titles from Pokemon Home in mind

Trademark filed for Pokemon Home

Home is where the Pokemon are

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak Co., Ltd. have joint-filed for a new trademark in Japan for Pokémon Home .
This trademark applies to downloadable video game programs, downloadable programs for smartphone, game cards, plush dolls, and for the planning and operation of game competitions.

Niantic files suit against multiple Pokemon GO hacked app creators

Cheaters never prosper

Niantic is out to defend Pokemon GO from people they feel are ruining the game. The company has filed suit against roughly 20 so-called hackers for their work on PokeGo++, an "unauthorized derivative version" of Pokemon GO. Niantic believes PokemonGo++ infringes on intellectual property rights, and also gives players an unfair advantage over those who are playing the regular version of the game.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - content update for June 16th, 2019

[Goals] A new set of timed-goals is now available: Rose Goals (available until June 19th)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for June 16th, 2019

[Summoning Focus] The 2nd Weekly Revival Summoning Focus is now live. It features the following Heroes: Celica (Caring Princess), Delthea (Free Spirit), and Genny (Endearing Ally). Characters page updated! (available until June 23rd)

[Summoning Focus] A new Summoning Focus is now live: New Power. It features the following Heroes: Elincia (Lost Princess), Oscar (Agile Horseman), Saizo (Angry Ninja), and Kagero (Honorable Ninja). Characters page updated! (available until June 25th)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for June 15th, 2019

[Events] Pre-registration for the first Røkkr Sieges event is now live! You can find more details about the event itself in the in-game notification about it (available until June 17th)

[Log-in Bonus] To celebrate the launch of the first Røkkr Sieges event, all players can claim the following as special Log-in Bonus: Orb x20 (available until June 23rd)

[Special Maps] The latest Rival Domains map is now available. This time, you get a bonus if you defeat allies using cavalry allies (available until June 22nd)

Super Mario Run - Content update for June 15th, 2019

[Events] The latest Weekend Spotlight is now live, and it’s all about Mario. Here’s the items you can get from the Super Bonus game in Remix 10: 8-bit Mario Trim (15%), Mario topiary (15%), Classic 8-bit Small Mario statue (15%), Modern 8-bit Small Mario statue (15%), Mario statue (10%), Mario (Wedding) statue (10%), Mario Kart statue (10%), and Gold Running Mario statue (10%) (available until June 17th)

Shiny Abra and Clefairy accidentally distributed at Pokemon GO Fest


Pokemon GO Fest kicked off in Chicago yesterday, where many fans were hoping to hunt down a Shiny Horsea. That was the original plan, anyway. For whatever reason, Pokemon GO Fest was dishing out Shiny Abra and Clefairy at the start of the event. Niantic says this was a mistake, and quickly took the Pokemon down and replaced them with Shiny Horsea. No explanation for the mistake was given.

Pokemon GO campaign taking place in Pokemon Center/Store locations

Fight for your life, win a sticker

The Pokemon Company has announced a new Pokemon GO campaign that fans can get in on at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations in Japan. The campaign, which runs from June 17th to June 30th, 2019, focuses on Legendary Raid Battles. If players work together and manages to successfully complete a raid, they'll get to take home a set of Cresselia, Kyogre, or Groudon stickers.

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for June 14th, 2019

[Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: Sword Arts Quests (available until June 28th)