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Pokemon Direct Announced for January 9th

Definitely a wait and see on this. The base game is so bare bones. There is no story at all. Surprised people are happy with this.
I'm happy in the sense that Gamefreak has finally grown out of selling new content as a separate release. Imagine if this direct announced Armor and Crown as new titles and you had to play through Galar's awful main story again just to get to the postgame
 

Hours Left

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Oct 26, 2017
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The best part was the Dedenne confirmation.

Not sure how I feel about the expansion. SwSh was lacking a lot of things so I hope this fixes that, but I’ll wait and see.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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FAR surpassed my expectations.

I'd think that GF have a smaller team on this while the main team is actually taking more time with the inevitable DP remakes. AND an expansion feels so modern for GF, as this allows current owners to not have to feel like they wasted money and have to pay full price for the 3rd version. This also will give a big push for Sword and Shield as a result because inevitably folks would've held off for such versions, now they don't have to! :P

AND a new Mystery Dungeon game! :D Surprised at no Detective Pikachu 2 mention... even more surprised at how fucking soon this is! O_o
 

Illusion

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Oct 27, 2017
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Can we just talk about the Galarian Legendary Bird trio look awesome.
And how the Zelda Legendary is by far the most ridiculous looking legendary yet?
 

Mimosa

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I was kind of hoping for some free Live updates too, like in-game events for the base game :(

30$ sounds very steep to me right now, even if at the core I'd be interested in a new region/story/pokemon.
 

KillstealWolf

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Oct 27, 2017
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I dunno about DLC Expansions.

My teams already Level 100 and EVd and all that now. None of the new story stuff is going to be challenging at all. Again I have to artificially handicap myself if I want to be challenged. You need to add a new battle area if it's going to be challenging.

Old pokemon returning are good, but again, it's not all of them. I still have to wait cautiously if Luxray is coming back or not. (Guess I'm updating the chart again though).

And new pokemon are good, but again, why'd we have to buy the DLC to get the Gigantimax Versions of the starters. That should have been in the main game...

Also lol that the Genies of Healthy Meta are back, there goes all discussion that the cut dex was for competitive balance.

Plus I don't know if they will address the Y-Comm problems or the lacking GTS or not. Guess they can wait for more info but...

I guess it's better than a 3rd version at least. I also think they had to have rushed this reveal since it's Concept Art mostly. Which again leads into that other Sword and Shield issue of being too rushed. This will be out by June huh? Delays are ok to do just so the content is good.

I'll try the Mystery Dungeon demo at least. Mystery Dungeon not being exiled to Mobile is good. I can take that away from this.
 

Hikari

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Oct 25, 2017
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This was a megaton difference for me. I’m throwing money at the screen. They pretty much answered all my prayers with the crown Tundra..... holy fuck I’m so excited. New Regis and New birds! My favourite Pokémon Kyogre is back! Don’t care if I have to pay!
 

KillstealWolf

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Oct 27, 2017
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It's on the store:


Expansion Pass contains both Armor and Crown, can't buy them seperately (Which is lame to be honest, If I just want crown, lemme get Crown.)

Sword Expansion Pass and Shield Expansion Pass, be sure to buy the right version as well.
 
I dunno about DLC Expansions.

My teams already Level 100 and EVd and all that now. None of the new story stuff is going to be challenging at all. Again I have to artificially handicap myself if I want to be challenged. You need to add a new battle area if it's going to be challenging.

Old pokemon returning are good, but again, it's not all of them. I still have to wait cautiously if Luxray is coming back or not. (Guess I'm updating the chart again though).

And new pokemon are good, but again, why'd we have to buy the DLC to get the Gigantimax Versions of the starters. That should have been in the main game...

Also lol that the Genies of Healthy Meta are back, there goes all discussion that the cut dex was for competitive balance.

Plus I don't know if they will address the Y-Comm problems or the lacking GTS or not. Guess they can wait for more info but...

I guess it's better than a 3rd version at least. I also think they had to have rushed this reveal since it's Concept Art mostly. Which again leads into that other Sword and Shield issue of being too rushed. This will be out by June huh? Delays are ok to do just so the content is good.

I'll try the Mystery Dungeon demo at least. Mystery Dungeon not being exiled to Mobile is good. I can take that away from this.
going through $30 expansion content with an overleveled team is way more preferrable than playing thorugh the same mainstory again just to get to the new bits at the end.

Also, the direct already confirmed that there's going to be a new battle facility of some sort
 
Oct 29, 2017
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Well to be fair some of that stuff should’ve been in the woefully incomplete base game. Not the isles but the Pokémon and other customization stuff.
I think that's stretching the definition of 'to be fair' just a wee bit but I do understand your point.
Well, they aren't out yet so it remains to be seen. I'm excited, but I also thought Gamefreak was moving with the times with SwSh until I played it...
Cut content, online raids? What's not 'moving with the times' about that?
 

Illusion

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Oct 27, 2017
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Also it looks like the two new Regi's are Electric and Dragon type (makes no sense but okay). I wonder if Regiregas is getting a Gigantimax form and upgrade since he's always been by far the weakest legendary.
 

cw_sasuke

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Oct 27, 2017
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Exactly.
I'm betting this was content for a third game, but the reaction made them take a step back. The new content and new Pokémon show that.
With that said, for a game with online content, DLC is the best approach.
I think you are giving the vocal minority too much credit. Really doubt they ever had a 3rd game in mind.
 

Alastor3

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Oct 28, 2017
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can we just talk how awful the direct was ?

Loop in the middle of the stream and cut short at the end of the video...
 

Moist_Owlet

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Dec 26, 2017
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How are they going to balance this for having already trained up pokemon? Is this going to be another faceroll easy experience?
 

Unkindled

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Nov 27, 2018
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OK would you prefer them to release a new 3rd version and have you pay a full game?
Sure. I have no idea how they will balance out the new continents for people who have 100 lvl pokemon already and will sweep through the whole new continent. Also it feels like they are releasing cut content from what was supposed to be in the game in the first place.
 

Hero

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was kind of hoping for some free Live updates too, like in-game events for the base game :(

30$ sounds very steep to me right now, even if at the core I'd be interested in a new region/story/pokemon.
You don't have to buy the game for the new Pokemon and can rely on trading for them.