A brand new Galar Region research update is coming soon for Pokemon Sword and Shield, with the developers continuing their game’s cryptic teases by suggesting it’s been delayed.
These research updates have been announced on several occasions during the run-up to the game’s November 15 release date, with new additions to the Pokedex unveiled each time.
However, for those who were expecting a list of new species to drop soon, an announcement from the game’s developers might at first glance seem like a delay, but is actually a huge clue – following on from the Mysterious Missingno teasers we’ve already seen.
The official Pokemon Twitter account revealed the ‘delay’ on September 17.
“We’ve uncovered a technical issue with the announcement of our latest Pokémon discovery,” the tweet states. “We’ve got our hardest working Pokémon Trainers on the case and hope to have the issue resolved shortly.”
While no timeframe was given on when the research update will successfully drop, a usually reliable source – serebii.net – claims the update will drop on September 18 at 14:00 BST (09:00 EST, 06:00 PT).
:rotating_light: Galar Research Update :rotating_light:
Trainers, thanks to your reports, we’ve uncovered a technical issue with the announcement of our latest Pokémon discovery.
We’ve got our hardest working Pokémon Trainers on the case and hope to have the issue resolved shortly. pic.twitter.com/2MaeD3Ox73
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) September 17, 2019
Trainers have already been given some indication of what to expect from Gen 8, though, with a huge list of confirmed Pokemon having been showcased progressively – including those from the new region and old ones as well.
Nevertheless, it’s common knowledge for any Pokemon fan that the next game will be the first to abandon the usual National Pokedex system, meaning that you can’t really catch ’em all this time around.
Those who don’t agree with that move decided to use this opportunity to reignite the debate once more, with some fans claiming that the real technical issue at play here is that not every Pokemon will be included in the titles.
“How about uncovering the technical issue that’s keeping hundreds of Pokemon out of Galar?” one said, while another commented: “Hopefully they uncover the National Dex.”
It’s highly unlikely that Game Freak are going to wait until the final hour to announce something of a u-turn on the National Pokedex, but some fans will remain hopeful – no doubt.
The last Galar Region research update, as of the time of writing, included both Cramorant and Polteageist. The contents of the next Pokedex reveal remains to be seen.
While this announcement doesn’t exactly tell us anything about the new game, it will put trainers on red alert for the next drop of Sword and Shield information.