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Think Nintendo will pull a dick move and have paid Pokemon DLC to complete National Dex?

Will Sword and Shield have paid Pokemon DLC?

  • Yes

    Votes: 261 22.9%
  • No

    Votes: 879 77.1%

  • Total voters
    1,140

Majadamus

Member
Jun 3, 2019
107
Connecticut
Nintendo may have or may not have spoken on this, but they can lie. It's the way of the future for Pokemon. Nintendo may be holding out on completing the national Pokedex up front so they can milk Pokefanatics for as much as they can. Maybe they'll charge like 50 cents to a dollar for single Pokemons, and then they'll of course have bundles for like 100 Pokemon for $20. If Nintendo hasn't thought of this, I hope I'm not giving them any ideas.
 

Joseki

Member
Nov 5, 2017
6,235
Honestly I'd pay 20 bucks is a heartbeat for a complete Dex and I won't feel ripped at all.

Still, it's not happening. Too much effort required.
 

Luke88

Member
Dec 29, 2018
458
GameFreak has always been extremely against DLC since they want everyone to have the same experience, so there is no chance of this happening.
 

Phillips455

Member
Oct 31, 2017
48
Scotland
No, simply because I dont believe Game Freak will even be able to make proper DLC for a game. They would rather make an enhanced version for everyone else to buy later on.
 

jacktuar

Member
Oct 25, 2017
6,415
No, but I do expect them to pull a dick move and release Pokémon Giga Sword / Giga Shield next year with the ability to transfer in the entire Pokédex.
 

Ashflow

Member
Feb 13, 2018
484
US
GF makes a lot of stupid decisions but pokemon pack DLC will not be one of them. They just don’t do standard DLC period.
 

Jonneh

GameXplain
Verified
Oct 24, 2017
3,823
UK
Doubt it, they aren't holding back Pokémon because they choose to. Perhaps they'll manage to implement them all by a third version but DLC would be a bad move
 

crepuscule

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,024
Nope. They won't even have the time (never mind the inclination) as it has to be an annual or near annual franchise for some reason.
 

Dwebble

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
4,647
Game Freak doesn’t want more than 400 Pokémon in a game ever again. It’s a philosophy thing, not a scheme for nickel ‘n’ diming.
 

Arynio

Member
Oct 27, 2017
251
Maybe. I think they might ditch the 3rd version in favour of DLC that maybe includes some new areas with additional new and returning Pokémon for a price. Ideally though, those additional returning creatures would/should be free to transfer from HOME with a simultaneous free update.

I would be more than OK with this.
 
Would that really be more of a dick move than releasing another version of the games a year later at full price retail with an expanded Dex?

Having the additions and improvements in that inevitable Ultra Sword/Shield or whatever as DLC along with a retail release would actually be an improvement for the series.
 

Trrzs

Member
Oct 29, 2017
584
We should learn to differentiate between Nintendo, Game Freak and Pokémon Company. Most of the decisions behind the management of the Pokémon franchise came from Pokémon Co., Nintendo barely has a direct influence in that regard.
 

CaviarMeths

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
7,295
Western Canada
I would say there's literally a 0% chance of this happening. GameFreak, Nintendo, and TPC will not splinter the userbase made up primarily of school age children playing and trading with their friends like that.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,807
Arizona
GameFreak's answer to DLC has always been their pre-planned director's cut 3rd releases, and arguably the remakes. Why sell DLC and story expansions when they can sell standalone releases at full price?
 

Ushojax

Member
Oct 30, 2017
2,823
I don’t think Game Freak are technically capable of updating a game like that.

If they do bring back full compatibility it will be with a future game not an update to an old one.
 
Jan 11, 2018
121
Nintendo may have or may not have spoken on this, but they can lie. It's the way of the future for Pokemon. Nintendo may be holding out on completing the national Pokedex up front so they can milk Pokefanatics for as much as they can. Maybe they'll charge like 50 cents to a dollar for single Pokemons, and then they'll of course have bundles for like 100 Pokemon for $20. If Nintendo hasn't thought of this, I hope I'm not giving them any ideas.
No, they'll pull their ususal dick move and sell you Uktra Sword and Ultra Shield next year with the other half of the dex
 

Xita

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
4,844
Maybe. I think they might ditch the 3rd version in favour of DLC that maybe includes some new areas with additional new and returning Pokémon for a price. Ideally though, those additional returning creatures would/should be free to transfer from HOME with a simultaneous free update.

I would be more than OK with this.
Why would they ditch third versions for DLC when GF makes more money by selling you it for $60.
 

Kalor

Resettlement Advisor
Member
Oct 25, 2017
5,601
It defeats the point of why they weren't included in the first place. The amount of work required isn't worth it when they have games to put out next year presumably.
 

Sahasrahla

Member
Oct 28, 2017
184
Kakariko
Nope, reasons have been already stated.

Do long term fans think GameFreak might make special events to appease the fans, like "only from date x to date y you can catch Bulbasaur in SwSh!" or something like that?
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,726
Nope, reasons have been already stated.

Do long term fans think GameFreak might make special events to appease the fans, like "only from date x to date y you can catch Bulbasaur in SwSh!" or something like that?
For that to be the case the Pokemon would probably already be in the game's data.
There has been no data mine yet so at this point we can't really say.