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Evidence claims Pokemon Sword and Shield has reused models

Published: 14/Nov/2019 11:54

by Paul Cot

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It looks like Game Freak have been caught red handed after dataminers found strong evidence that Pokemon Sword and Shield developers reused models from Sun and Moon, despite claims to the contrary.

Ahead of the Pokemon Sword and Shield release, dataminers have now “ripped” the Pokemon models from the game and compared them with their Sun and Moon counterparts.

Despite previous suggestions from Game Freak, who seemed to rule out using previous models in their new project, it appears those who think they have been lying to the franchise’s fanbase have now pulled together some evidence to support their claims. 

Pokemon models in the Switch the same as the 3DS?

Reddit: MindWeb125Bulbasaur model on the Switch (left) vs 3DS (right)…

These Bulbasaur models above are from Sword and Shield (left) and Sun and Moon (right). As you can see, they are almost identical. The same can be said for Noibat, below.

Reddit: MindWeb125When the two models are overlayed they are clearly extremely similar…

We’re not model designers, but the similarities are striking – especially when placed side-by-side in this way.

Elsewhere, YouTuber DJTHED Games lined up Vaporeon models from the Switch and 3DS. When doing so, the first model perfectly obscured the second, indicating they are identical and, if not, very close to being so.

Animations also look too similar. In the example below, Machoke can be seen in a matching pose between previous generations games and now.

What do you think, is that a reused animation for Machoke?

Brand new models?

Some of you may recall an interview from June this year, where Game Freak Directors claimed Pokemon Sword and Shield would not reuse models from previous games.

The interview with Famitsu, a Japanese video game magazine, saw Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori answer a range of Pokemon related questions. One of those questions related to the removal of the National Pokedex and how they were forced to come to that decision.

“Even at the time of [Pokemon Sun and Moon], it was actually quite difficult (to be able to bring all Pokemon), but the hardware became the Nintendo Switch and the model was rebuilt from the beginning I have to make some choice,” Ohmori said via translation.

Elsewhere in an interview with US Gamer, Masuda stated: “Now that [the Pokemon are] on the Nintendo Switch, we’re creating it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations.”

Now, this could be misconstrued due to the translation but it’s reasonable to take these quotes as the models have been indeed built from the ground up.

We must stress that just because of these examples it doesn’t prove Game Freak are using identical models for all Pokemon. Given these examples though, it is understandable why the hashtag #GameFreakLied is trending.

It looks like the controversy from the Pokemon Sword and Shield release is set to continue…

Cosplay

Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.

 

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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.

 

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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.