Why Pokémon Sword And Shield Got DLC Instead Of A Standalone Follow-Up

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The current generation of Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch has potentially changed the way we’ll get our regular pocket monster fix moving forward. Based on Pokémon Sword and Shield, it looks like the new model could be to release paid DLC expansion content, rather than make fans buy standalone follow-ups.

What’s the reason behind this decision, though? The Pokémon Company recently explained why during a chat with Game Informer. Rather than making players start from scratch, it felt it would be better if players could continue their journey throughout the Galar region with the same party. Here is The Pokémon Company’s full response:

“There was an element of apprehension in moving to a downloadable model, but we were confident that players would enjoy exploring the new environments, uncovering new storylines, and meeting new human characters and Pokémon in both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. With past titles, players generally had to collect and raise their Pokémon completely from scratch, so with a DLC we thought players would enjoy being able to use their favorite Pokémon right out of the gate.”

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