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Pokemon Sword and Shield not reusing models, Game Freak claim

Published: 14/Jul/2019 16:10 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 0:40

by Paul Cot


It has been a roller-coaster ride for Pokemon Sword and Shield over the last couple of months as lots of new details have been revealed amid accusations the Pokemon models are taken from previous games.

In an interview with Famitsu, via Polygon, Game Freak say that models for Pokemon appearing in Sword and Shield were built from the ground up.

This is in contrast to accusations from Pokemon fans who have accused Game Freak of reusing textures from Pokemon Let’s Go and, Sun and Moon. One Reddit user stated: “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.”

ABBXPokemon Sword and Shield upscaling previous models?

The evidence is pretty damning, it is hard to look at the comparisons and come to the conclusion that the models are indeed brand new. Nevertheless, Game Freak have shot these fans theories down.

Just because the models look similar to those seen in Gen 7 and Gen 6 games doesn’t necessarily mean they are the same. They may have been built from the ground up and a few of the Pokemon have ended up looking similar – something that could have easily happened. It is also possible the truth lies in between where these older models were used as templates, meaning they are indeed brand new.

u/MysticSongAre the animations in Pokemon Sword and Shield reused?

However, the more cynical Pokemon fans will believe Game Freak are simply lying. Another comparison suggests Pokemon Sword and Shield have reused animations too, which only adds credence to the copying claim.

One trainer in the same thread asked: “Whether or not they [are] actually are making them from scratch, they don’t look like it so what was the point?” This is a question which summarises Pokemon fans’ frustrations. Another trainer tried to answer the question, saying: “This is really the issue. Who cares if they remade everything from scratch if it looks the same? That’s just wasted effort and a terrible excuse to exclude stuff.”

Friendly reminder that Pokémon in Sword and Shield still use the same animations as the 3DS games. from r/pokemon

Regardless of whether the models are reused or not, a lot of potential Pokemon Sword and Shield players aren’t happy right now. There is a feeling among the Pokemon community that Sword and Shield may not reach the lofty heights that were hoped for.

Despite the recent negativity surrounding the game, there is still a huge amount of excitement for Pokemon Sword and Shield. That excitement will only get bigger as we draw closer to the November 15 release date.

Last updated 20:37 ET, July 14, 2019


Pokemon player reveals why series needs more “unfair” battles

Published: 1/Dec/2020 0:54

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player went viral online after sharing their case for why the series needs to have more “unfair” battles that make opponents gain advantages mid-fight.

Since the release of the video game series in 1996, the battle format has stayed pretty much the same: pick a Pokemon, choose a move, and hash it out until someone faints. The core gameplay hasn’t changed significantly at all.

While most players are used to the system, some understandably would like to see it have a bit of a refresh given it’s stayed the same for so long – including Reddit user ‘Vantagor.’

Screenshot from Pokemon Red & Blue from 1998.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fights haven’t changed much since Red & Blue.

Should Pokemon battles be more “unfair”?

Vantagor started their argument by explaining why the series’ various antagonist teams don’t feel as threatening as they should, despite them being a huge part of almost every single game. 

“For some reason, all of the evil teams decide to battle with some bizarre degree of honour… [They] are supposed to be evil organisations bent on taking over the world, but their tactics are laughable at best,” they said, before asking why they don’t give themselves advantages in fights. “They could cheat, but they don’t. Why shouldn’t they cheat? They’re criminals!”

They described times where characters have played dishonestly, like many would expect someone from a criminal organization to do. “The main one that comes to mind is Ultra Lusamine from Sun & Moon, where each of her Pokémon starts with a random stat boosting aura,” they said, while also referencing Jessie and James in Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee when  they fight the player two versus one. “These battles were great and memorable because they were different: they put you at a disadvantage right from the start.”

Pokémon needs more "unfair" battles. from pokemon

Vantagor then explained how NPCs using unjust actions in fights would shake things up. “Imagine fighting an evil team where they could cheat mid-battle and raise some of their Pokémon’s stats (or lower yours),” they said. “Or if they used rare but stolen Pokémon that wouldn’t always obey them.”

Other users in the community agreed with the post, with one stating, “Also Klara and Avery cheat in the Isle of Armor by starting with Toxic Spikes and Psychic Terrain respectively. I really liked that.”

“Don’t forget the fairy gym leader lowering your stats for calling her old midbattle! I thought that was a nice touch when I watched others play the game,” another replied. “It was a very fun mechanic. We need more stuff like that,” someone else wrote.

Screenshot of Pokemon fans on Reddit discussing viral battle idea.
The community really likes the idea.

Although fights have stayed pretty consistent for the last 25 years, it hasn’t stopped players from enjoying the Pokemon games. So much so that it has exploded to become the highest-selling media franchise of all time.

It’s hard to guess what’s next for the beloved series, but with the 25th anniversary right around the corner, fans are on the edges of their seats to find out.