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Pokemon Sword Shield devs accused of recycling textures from old games

Published: 25/Jun/2019 15:42 Updated: 25/Jun/2019 17:36

by Paul Cot

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Since E3 2019, much has been made of the Pokemon Sword and Shield graphics – specifically whether the textures are up to the standards of the latest generation of hardware.

A lot has also been made as to whether Game Freak, the developers of Pokemon Sword and Shield, have had the necessary time needed to finish the game. 

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Some fans have speculated they have rushed development in order to meet the release deadline.

AbbxThe outlines of Pokemon have been removed in the latest generation…

Texture comparison

One Reddit user has compared the textures between Gen 6/7 and what we have seen from Gen 8 gameplay so far. They state: “The textures are the same. [Game Freak] is using an effect called fresnel rim lighting, which lights up the outer area of an object, which is very transparent on all Pokemon.”

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It means the Pokemon models from games such as Pokemon X/Y and Sun/Moon are essentially re-used.

This revelation is interesting, to say the least, and shows that the apparent time constraints on the game, at least in terms of textures, were untrue. The effect can be best seen on Mudsdale, Butterfree, and Wynaut.

AbbxThe Pokemon in Sword and Shield do look a lot sharper…

Providing some clarity on the other graphical improvements, the poster says they are achieved using “Shaders, line removals, and resolutions.”

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They add: “All of it is accomplished through the game engine and nothing to do with individual textures.”

Development not hindered

Essentially, this means the Pokemon Sword and Shield game engine is able to take assets from older games and modernize them for the current generation. Naturally going from a Nintendo 3DS game to the Nintendo Switch is quite a jump, especially in terms of resolution.

AbbxTextures are apparently being re-used from previous Pokemon games…

Game Freak may have been pushed with storyline elements of the game and even implementing new features such as Dynamax Pokemon but textures weren’t on that list.

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In addition to this, as they have opted to exclude some Pokemon by removing the National Pokedex, animations appear to be a separate part of the game – otherwise they would have transferred those over also.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.