Fans are not thrilled about the fact that over 400 Pokémon are missing from the upcoming Sword and Shield.
Pokemon Sword and Shield comes out very soon and there’s been a lot of negative coverage thanks to the backlash from fans concerning the Pokedex and how it has cut over 400 of peoples’ favourite Pokémon (per CCN). The backlash and alarming rate of unnecessary death threats have resulted in #ThankYouGameFreak, but only after #Dexit.
The overwhelmingly negative response to the plethora of cut Pokémon from Sword and Shield has caused Game Freak to say that future games will continue to feature a reduced Pokedex in the future. This is likely to cause even more distress amongst the Pokémon community, but – per a soapbox from Nintendo Life – death threats and bickering online isn’t the right response to the bad news.
With that being said, fans have still voiced their discontent over the past week.
All the cut Pokémon from Sword and Shield
Over 400 Pokémon have been cut from Sword and Shield and this has resulted in allegations online that the game is a major step backwards from other Pokémon iterations.
You can find all the cut Pokémon from the below tweet and video.
478 Pokemon have been officially cut from Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks. This chart by Joseki from ResetEra has the green as the Pokemon who made it, and the white are those who were cut. It’s a SAD day for gamers pic.twitter.com/FIvtncgghW— drock (@drock_dale) November 7, 2019
Following the news about over 400 Pokémon having been cut from Sword and Shield, numerous disgruntled fans on Twitter started and continue to spread the hashtag #Dexit.
thank him for what ? cutting 60% of all pokemon & the constant LIES about why they are cut ? he should retire or be fired ! I WON’T BUY ANOTHER POKEMON PRODUCT UNTILL ALL MY BABYS CAN BE IN ANOTHER GAME ALL OF THE POKEMON ! #Dexit #BringBackNationalDex— John (@JohnIamBack2) November 11, 2019
Ok, Game Freak. Thanks for betraying the franchise, no big deal or anything. No returning legendaries except for Mew, only the Charizard line for starters and a 60% cut. Do us all a favor and hand the reigns over to a company who actually cares about Pokemon. Piss off. #Dexit pic.twitter.com/CwNotTGrwH— sarnnn (@saaaarn) November 4, 2019
So it looks like out of my top 10 favorite Pokemon, literally ZERO of them will be in Pokemon Sword & Shield. So glad I waited 23 years for a main-series console Pokemon game!— Welsknight Gaming (@WelsknightPlays) November 4, 2019
White is out, green is in, orange is in with new Galarian form. #Dexit pic.twitter.com/5SsO4nodAl
However, in light of all the negativity, fans have recently begun sharing positive tweets with #ThankYouGameFreak to praise the developers for all they have given to the community.
Congratulations Pokemon Community! The trend #ThankYouGameFreak went trending and reached the devolpers! The power of a community and positivity goes such a long way! Can’t wait for #PokemonSwordShield and hope this raises the morale of Gamefreak! ⚔️️ pic.twitter.com/HpFkvAzh5A— PhillyThankzU (@PhillyBeatzU) November 10, 2019
Pokemon has been my all time favorite, ever since I was 5 years old. I had my downs in life, but when I do, playing pokemon is one of my ways of cheering me up.— InTheBuilding (@AyuWOKAYy) November 10, 2019
It’s still stuck with me to this day, and I rlly, rlly enjoy it. so #ThankYouGameFreak 🙂 pic.twitter.com/FFMMMSyHUU
Pokémon Sword and Shield launch for the Nintendo Switch on November 15th.