Game Freak isn't recycling 3DS models in Pokémon Sword and Shield after all

As Game Freak continues to battle criticism from Pokémon fans unhappy that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield won’t support every single Pokémon species, speculation that the Pokédex has been truncated because the studio was “recycling” models from the newer 3DS games has seemingly been proven untrue.

As Wes reported last week, earlier this month it emerged Sword and Shield – which pushes the series’ overall Pokémon count to over 1000 – won’t let you catch all the Pokémon, nor will you be able to transfer Pokémon outside of the games’ regional Pokédex making Sword and Shield the first new, mainline Pokémon games not to support every single Pokémon species.

Now, however, a month-old Japanese-language interview with Famitsu (thanks, Polygon) has brought to light confirmation that the developer is indeed creating the creatures from scratch, but better graphics and newer mechanics such as Mega Evolution meant the team felt it had no choice but to curtail the Pokédex in order to maintain “quality”.

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Source: Eurogamer Game Freak isn't recycling 3DS models in Pokémon Sword and Shield after all