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Pokemon developer hints at permanent National Pokedex removal

Published: 19/Jun/2019 12:15 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 21:11

by Paul Cot


Pokemon trainers who are unhappy with the omission of the National Pokedex from Pokemon Sword and Shield might want to look away now – it might not feature in future games either.

In a now infamous video, during the first Nintendo Treehouse segment, Junichi Masuda confirmed trainers would only be able to transfer Pokemon to Sword and Shield that appeared in the Galar region. This meant that for the first time in the Pokemon video game series that not all Pokemon would be catch-able.

While there is speculation that Game Freak may reverse this decision to some degree, it is also possible that we might not see the National Pokedex return in later games either. Good job the Pokemon Company’s slogan is no longer ‘gotta catch ’em all because the days of catching ’em all may be behind trainers.

Game Freak comment on Pokedex removal

In an interview with Famitsu, reported on by EuroGamer, Masuda – who is arguably the most public figure from Game Freak – appears to have doubled down on the decision to limit the Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex.

Citing the fact that the series now has more than 1,000 Pokemon, Masuda said that it would be too difficult a task to include 1,000+ Pokemon that would live up to the standard of the Nintendo Switch. He added: “It would also be too much work to ensure every Pokemon was balanced in battle”.

PokemonPokemon Sword and Shield will be the first Pokemon game to not feature a National Pokedex…

There is currently a debate in the Pokemon community as to whether animating 1,000 Pokemon is an undertaking too big for a company the size of Game Freak. However, Masuda’s point about balancing Pokemon does withstand – there is no doubt in a pool of more than 1,000, a lot of Pokemon would be useless in a competitive sense.

It’s a decision that Masuda appears regretful over: “This decision is personally sad. Of course, I wanted to be able to bring all Pokemon if I could do it.”

PokemonJunichi Masuda (left) shared his thoughts on the Pokedex limitations…

For those who are particularly upset that their old Pokemon can’t be transferred, a glimmer of hope was offered when an apparent conversation between Nintendo and a disgruntled fan surfaced suggesting they could be added post-launch via an update.

This very idea was put to Masuda but he simply said they are “undecided” as to whether to add Pokemon post-release. Only time will tell to see if Game Freak relent on their current stance.


Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.