Pokémon Sword and Shield haven’t yet hit store shelves, but already the games have seen their fair share of controversy. First came the fan outcry over the limited Pokédex, and now it looks like “limitations” placed on the game are also a cause for concern.
SuperLuckyCharms writes: “Watching the stream, it seems like GameFreak has restricted WHAT LEVEL Pokemon you catch in the wild based on your game progress.
“The streamer came across a level 28 Sneasel but wasn’t able to try and catch it since it was above level 25.
“What the sh*t is this? Isn’t the whole point of running into overleveled Pokemon the high-risk / high-reward factor? It’s literally just high-risk if you can’t actually catch the Pokemon.”
Presumably this is in place to balance the game, but with over 23k upvotes at the time of writing, it’s clear that fans of the franchise aren’t happy with the new levelling system.
One user joked: “‘Finally, an open world pokemon game. I’ll be able to do gyms in any order’
“Game Freak: CAUTION TRAINER, YOU ARE DEVIATING FROM THE SCRIPTED PATH. WE SHALL IMPOSE A POWER LIMITER ON YOUR PARTY UNTIL YOU ARE READY, ‘READY’ BY OUR DENOMINATION AND NOT YOURS, TO TACKLE THIS PORTION OF THE CONTENT. UNTIL THEN PLEASE PROCEED EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE PREVIOUSLY DETERMINED CORRIDOR.”
It’s possible that what was shown in the stream from Nintendo was some sort of edited build of the game, and the levelling won’t apply when we actually get our hands on the titles. However, Nintendo has yet to respond to the news, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens…
Pokémon Sword and Shield release exclusively on Nintendo Switch, November 15.
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