Over 1,000 People Worked On Pokémon Sword And Shield

Game Freak is not one to compromise and in the case of Pokémon Sword and Shield, it went beyond the call of duty to pour in every available resource.

Speaking with Game Informer for the November cover issue, director Shigeru Ohmori revealed that the core development team has doubled in the past few years. Take note that Pokémon Sun and Moon was estimated to have over 500 people involved. Pokémon Sword and Shield took it a notch above by involving over 1,000 people instead. This includes the main team as well as outsourced and external partners. In addition, the localization and marketing teams for each region were also increased, bringing the tally to a meaty sum.

It’s actually impressive that development went smoothly with so many people involved. It’s also questionable as to why the new games don’t include every available Pokémon since the manpower was certainly there. According to producer Junichi Masuda, there was a priority on bringing forth new gameplay ideas that would allow for new experiences rather than task everyone on putting the entire Pokédex in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Based on the wording, it appears that the possibility was certainly there. Game Freak still focusing on gameplay is nonetheless a commendable decision. Fans of the decade-old franchise can always do with less pocket monsters but they would never compromise on gameplay.

Polteageist and Cramorant are two of the new Pokémon that were recently announced. There are also Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey; the three starters that were also the first to be revealed by Nintendo. Then there are Pokémon like Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Corviknight, among others.

The new Galar region is a magical place where humans and Pokémon work together in their daily lives. In the new games, these activities will help your Pokémon gain additional experience, as well as new items. You just need to assign them to various jobs, depending on what’s best suited in terms of their abilities and types. For example, Polteageist could be sent out to help in a restaurant while Cramorant to the fishing port.

Pokémon Sword and Shield comes out on the Nintendo Switch on November 15.