‘#GameFreakLied’ – Pokémon dev under serious fire

'#GameFreakLied' - Pokémon dev under serious fire

Game Freak – the hit developer behind the classic Pokémon franchise – has come under fire from fans, triggering a social media storm.

Sword and Shield – the latest in the series – is set for release on the Nintendo Switch this Friday. However, the build-up to November 15 has not been without controversy, with hardcore Pokémon fans venting their concerns over what appears to be a final product falling short of Game Freak’s promises.

The hashtag ‘GameFreakLied’ has been trending globally this week after disgruntled enthusiasts posted screenshots, video clips and concerns over the apparent below-par effort.

One furious Twitter user even compiled a list of the problems and posted them online.

Perhaps one of the biggest issues many have taken is the developer’s decision to cut 64% of the Pokédex – effectively removing the same percentage of pocket monsters created since the first generation.

Firstly, there are only 10 routes in the game when previous entries have had a vastly greater number of paths to traverse. Though, a separate user was swift to highlight that the game does encompass a large ‘wild area’ which might explain the absence of extra routes.

Secondly, 144 moves have been cut from the game, limiting the amount of variety players have at their disposal.

The ‘Elite 4’ are also void from Sword and Shield, which is interesting because they have long been a staple of the franchise and overcoming them represents the pinnacle of the main character’s journey.

Deviation

The gym leaders now only have a maximum of three Pokémon to use, which is once again a serious deviation away from older games.

Early fights with gym leaders typically didn’t feature many pocket monsters, but later encounters always boasted more.

The cities are apparently empty and sparse while people are reporting the story is just 10 hours long – woefully short of typical Pokémon standards.

Finally, there appears to be a significant lack of post-game content leaving little to do once the main story has been completed and the massively reduced Pokédex filled.

Another issue people are taking with Sword and Shield is that Game Freak stated they would be rebuilding all of their models and not reuse previous ones.

However, side-by-side images have revealed that may not be the case.

There has also been controversy surrounding cut-scenes and animations causing the game to bug. One video portrays the player climbing a ladder and, while they do so, the surrounding world freezes.

This is evidenced by the two non-player characters (NPCs) playing with a ball which pauses mid-air while the ladder is being climbed.

Despite the fans’ outrage, Pokémon Sword and Shield will still be released on November 15.

Junichi Masuda, a member of Game Freak’s board of directors, has been contacted by eGaming Desk for a comment, but we are yet to receive a response.

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JP - 13th November 2019

Gym leaders not having more than 3 pokemon is FALSE. Some have more.

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Nick - 14th November 2019

Why is anyone surprised?! Every time a new Pokemon game is announced, it’s ALWAYS overhyped, and then we get garbage and everyone complains.

But some of these are the tiniest nitpicks ever. There’s no Elite Four? Oh no?

There’s not almost a thousand pokemon crammed into the game? GOOD!

And how exactly is a ten hour story a bad thing? If you seriously sit down and play any video game from the beginning in one sitting (or as much as you can), you’re a fucking loser. And it’s a pokemon game.

This happens every time. They produce the same crap every time and no one does anything because children are too stupid to recognize a good video game and once the game comes out, all the people that were complaining stop and then defend it.

Probably.

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Nick - 14th November 2019

And as for the bugs and stuff, this is their first console game. Nintendo doesn’t hold their hand that much, I’m sure. Game Freak has only made that recent game and these for consoles, and they probably prioritized experience over having nearly 1000 pokemon in the game.

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Ryou - 14th November 2019

the creatures themselves are called Pokémon, the game series as a whole is called pocket monsters in Japan. Even one areas) seas the monsters themselves are still called Pokémon

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Fox - 14th November 2019

I can’t believe people are still buying it, i mean i want to buy it but it doesn’t feel worth it…

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