Showing posts with label Pokémon Sword and Shield. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pokémon Sword and Shield. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sword and Shield Leakers to Face Lawsuit by Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company is suing three unnamed defendants for leaking Pokémon Sword and Shield information.

Even though majority of Pokémon fan-base was largely upset over developer Game Freak cutting down many fan-favorites from Pokédex, recently released Pokémon Sword and Shield game has been doing exceptionally well worldwide.

However, Sword/Shield publisher The Pokémon Company has still decidef to go after original leakers who revealed some in-game information online shortly ahead of launch that caused massive backlash by filing a new lawsuit.

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Sword and Shield Leakers to Face Lawsuit by Pokémon Company

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A few weeks before release, pictures of exclusive Pokémon and their unseen forms from Sword and Shield strategy guide was posted on 4Chan and Discord that eventually spread across internet and various popular social media.

Images start showing up at a Discord server on November 1, starting with a new Pokémon, Gigantamax Machamp. In less than an hour, 18 photos showed up on the forum that eventually found its way on Reddit and everywhere else.

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Seattle based law firm, Perkins Coie has been hired to find out three unnamed defendants who was responsible for the alleged leak that unveiled their stolen trade secrets from official strategy guide to audience worldwide.

Lawyers have found associate Discord accounts related to those images but it is hard to track true owners because of the platform's feature to post anonymously and without knowing who true leakers were, they cannot move forward.

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Sword and Shield strategy guide came out lately on November 22, a week after the game launched in November 15. Besides, The Pokémon Company took extensive level of security measures to ensure safety of their secrets.

People with access to these secrets have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which even applied to contractors and vendors with restrictions on cell phones or cameras but someone along the line has probably broken a rule or two.

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Game Freak has most likely received major harsh criticism of enraged fans because of early leaks of cutting of National Dex. If they would have revealed it to fans themselves, their reaction would have been a bit less explosive.

Before this information was out, people were genuinely happy about release of a new Pokémon game but when they saw almost half of their favorites were missing, developers have totally lost any credibility they had to player-base.

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Of course, they received extra bashing from fans with #GameFreakLied hashtag when they claimed to d extra work on overall visual for cutting down Pokédex and outright denied reusing models from previous games on Nintendo 3DS system.

Although it doesn't seem like there was no major financial blowback from the leaks, Pokémon Company simply wants to make a statement for anyone who will try to leak anything from their upcoming releases with threat of a lawsuit.

RELATED: Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

According to latest report from official source, Pokémon Sword and Shield has sold over 6 million copies worldwide in its launch week and became fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time despite huge fan boycott.

Nevertheless, The Pokémon Company is hoping to get some compensational damages for wrongful doing of the leakers and settle matters in a court of law but to at least confront them, they have to find these John or Jane Does first.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

Selling over 6 million copies in launch week, Pokémon Sword and Shield is now fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time.

In spite of controversies regarding developer Game Freak cutting off a significant number of beloved Pokémon from Pokédex and fan backlash over reusing old modes, Pokémon Sword and Shield has seen a great launch week.

Currently titled as fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, Sword and Shield has managed to sell over 6 million copies worldwide in first week of its release, according to reports from publisher Pokémon Company.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

RELATED: Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

Despite massive consumer boycott and fan outrage on social media, it sold 1.36 million physical units within first three days in Japan, successfully beating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as fastest-selling Switch game in the country.

Nintendo confirms that Pokémon Sun and Moon released for Nintendo 3DS previously made a record sales of 16.17 million copies. Though these titles were fastest-selling games ever in Western market, they had a cheaper price tag.

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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee!, remakes of 1998 Game Boy titles has shipped an impressive 11.28 million copies last year and judging by first-week sales of latest series installment, Sword and Shield may cross that number soon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are actually two identical games in terms of content that are released separately. Latest Pokémon games have seen great sales number, partly due to recent launch of Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

Game Freak has 35 fan-favorite Pokémon types hidden within game files of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Fans of Pokémon series of video games were disappointed over developer Game Freak removing a number of favorites from Pokédex for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, which was revealed at Nintendo live presentation at E3 2019.

If that news was enough to grind your gears really hard then wait until you find out that they kept 35 extra Pokémon in reserves that are not accessible through any normal means, according to recent datamining of in-game files.

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Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

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Shortly ahead of release, people managed to get their hands on copies of Sword and Shield, which they used looking for hidden content and one of them has discovered an additional number of 35 Pokémon buried deep beneath.

What truly amazing about his findings is that there are other types outside of Galar Dex region including a few legendaries concealed within. Although generally unobtainable, these starter classes have their models and stats added.

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After this information became public, Twitter user DeathChaos used the hack on Pokémon Sword/Shield with following result.


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DeathChaos managed to add Bulbasaur and Squirtle for an encounter at trainer Hop's party in leaked version of Sword/Shield. In a follow-up video, he made a same arrangement with Meltan and Melmetal for public display.

When a complete list of removed Pokémon got leaked online earlier, it caused heavy backlash from fans as too much content have been cut off. People are upset regardless of promises for all fan-favorites to return in future series titles.

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In past, Pokémon games used to have some Mythical types hidden for Nintendo to give out to players later during live events. However, they were almost always revealed to public by hackers in early phase of release.

Since there is no Mythical class found inside Sword and Shield data, it is presumably because Game Freak has decided to periodically roll them out in a series of updates and therefore they only included 35 of them initially.

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It is also possible that developer team is planning to introduce Pokémon Home as a digital storage space and these hidden ones are being reserved to reveal during its launch or at various timed events at some point in near future.

Some fans are speculating that secret Pokémons may get involved in special Max Raid battles by groups of trainers when they will try to take on transformed Dynamax and Gigantamax types or worse; release them as DLC characters.

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On top of excluding National Dex from Sword/Shield, there are accusations of Game Freak reusing character models from most recent Nintendo 3DS games, which was later denied by producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is an upcoming role-playing Pokémon game by Game Freak that is scheduled to arrive for Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019 and despite all controversies, people are still hyped up for the game to launch soon. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Undertale Creator Composed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

Indie developer Toby Fox of Undertale has composed a track for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Over the years, Pokémon series of games have given fans many masterpiece soundtracks and upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield by developer Game Freak and publisher Pokémon Company intends to carry out that legacy as well.

Therefore, indie developer Toby Fox was contacted to compose an original track for Sword and Shield. Fox is renowned for single-handedly creating 2015 acclaimed role-playing title Undertale, a game praised for its many aspects and music.

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Undertale Creator Composed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

RELATED: Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

His work on the project has earned him a huge popularity within Western gaming industry and Japan. Fox was even invited to collaborate with Masahiro Sakurai and created a remix track of "Megalovania" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Before working on Sword & Shield, Toby Fox has also composed soundtracks of Little Town Hero, a turn-based RPG game for Nintendo Switch and a non-Pokémon title from Game Freak that just came out in October.

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In a recent Tweet, Fox has publicly revealed about his involvement in forthcoming Pokémon project.


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When Fox was asked to do a score by Game Freak, he considered this as a great honor to be a part of the highly-anticipated game. However, he clarified in a follow-up Tweet that he is not at all doing a key track or something like that.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is only weeks away from launch on November 15 and following controversy regarding removal of Pokédex, developers probably thought bringing Undertale creator on board may help win over a few fans back.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

Brand-new Nintendo Switch Lite device is announced, a cheaper, smaller version of Switch for handheld play.

For long, industry analysts and insiders were suggesting that Nintendo will be releasing a cheaper version for their next-gen hybrid console Nintendo Switch that came out in early 2017 and turns out, they were actually right.

Fans have been anticipating and requesting a smaller version focused on handheld gameplay ever since the inception of Switch. Today, Nintendo Switch Lite is finally revealed to be newest addition to Nintendo family of consoles.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

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Currently scheduled to see launch on September 20, 2019, Switch Lite will be priced $199.99 only. Having almost all features of original device, no detachable Joy-Con controllers will be part of Lite despite having "Switch" as its middle name.

Whereas the original device weighs for 0.65 pounds, Lite system will come in light at 0.61 pounds and offers 3 to 7 hours of gameplay in terms of battery capacity, compared to 2.5 to 6.5 hours of lasting time for Nintendo Switch.

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Its design is entirely focused on being a portable hardware that comes out in one piece just like Game Boy or Nintendo DS systems from past. Though you can take it anywhere you want but can't connect it to a TV to enjoy big-screen play.

However, players can still get external Joy-Con support and hook up Switch Pro Controller as well. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC are sill retained with a vast Nintendo Switch library of games that supports handheld mode except some.

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Adding a new system to their extended family of devices, Nintendo offered an overview of Nintendo Switch Lite.




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Instead of becoming a replacement for Switch, some noticeable improvements on battery life, design area and a lower price point will offer a much accessible approach towards Switch library through Lite for a larger audience.

Nintendo Switch Lite marks the first revision for Switch console, expected to be available in yellow, gray and turquoise color. November 8, 2019 would see launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield special version of Lite, a week before the game arrives.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

Game Freak confirms that all models for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield were remade from scratch.

A decision made by developer Game Freak to limit Pokedex for their upcoming role-playing game Pokémon Sword and Shield was revealed during Nintendo's live presentation at E3 2019, which proved to be an unpopular idea among fans.

However, a new rumor came to light afterwards that they are possibly reusing models from latest Nintendo 3DS games but that wild theory has been debunked in a recent Famitsu interview by Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

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Even though it was quite difficult for the studio to import a full Pokédex numbering more than 800 for Pokémon Sun and Moon, they managed to do it. Now that number has reached over 1,000 and a decision had to be made sooner or later.

Even though improved graphics and visual of Nintendo Switch system only increased development period, they actually rebuilt each new model from scratch for Sword and Shield, taxing more time to make animations more beautiful and lively.

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This reason was what primarily forced them to decide limiting Pokedex for Sword/Shield, so that people gets used to this change. On top of that, devs had to work on Dynamax and Mega Evolution for all Pokémon, requiring more balancing time.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will globally launch for Nintendo Switch handheld consoles on November 15, 2019. Game Freak don't intend to make players feel past Pokémon to be worthless and will find a way for them to shine in future.