Pokémon Sword and Shield Producer Has Commented on the Recent Controversy

There has been a big argument among the players on how the developers do not allow them to transfer some of their Pokémon to the latest game, Pokémon Sword & Shield which is going to be released later this year.

Recently, Junichi Masuda has come out and release a statement regarding the problem.

Here’s the translated version found via the official website

Thank you to all of our fans for caring so deeply about Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.


Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokémon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokémon is not available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.


The world of Pokémon continues to evolve. The Galar region offers new Pokémon to encounter, Trainers to battle, and adventures to embark on. We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.


June 28, 2019

Junichi Masuda

So, it seems like some players might need to do some adjustment within the party as expected; however, we are still excited about the next installment that will be out in the upcoming months.

Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 15th globally. This also marks the first time that the mainstream Pokémon will be released on the console, too.