[UPDATE] Fans Argue Over Whether Pokemon Sword/Shield’s Camp Mode Reuses Animations From Past Games

[UPDATE] Fans Argue Over Whether Pokemon Sword/Shield’s Camp Mode Reuses Animations From Past Games

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Earlier this year, fans called out Game Freak for rehashing battle and NPC animations wholesale from the Pokemon 3DS games in Pokemon Sword/Shield. Those complaints appear to be far from over, however – as some began pointing out that the same would be true for the recently-revealed ‘Pokemon Camp’ feature.

As we reported earlier, ‘Pokemon Camp’ will allow players to interact and cook with their Pokemon to boost their stats in battle. Upon further comparison with past Pokemon games, however, some fans were quick to accuse Game Freak of recycling old assets again – claiming that the Pokemon Camp animations were mostly recycled from Pokemon X/Y’s Amie mode and Pokemon Sun/Moon’s Refresh mode.

This revived old grievances toward Game Freak’s developers – whom had previously explained that many Pokemon would not be playable in the new games due to the burden of creating new animations. In this regard, the apparent lack of new animations in Pokemon Camp was ample proof for these upset fans that Game Freak was being insincere in its statement.

However, many fans also rose to Game Freak’s defense regarding Pokemon Camp. Some were quick to point out that there were indeed small tweaks and additions in the animations of some Pokemon. Others accepted that the assets were indeed recycled from previous games, but argued that the Amie/Refresh animations were already good enough that there was no need for Game Freak to waste resources on refreshing them for past Pokemon.

As things stand, it looks like fans from both sides of the fence will continue debating passionately over the concessions made by Game Freak in Pokemon Sword/Shield. We can only hope that tensions finally let up once the games actually release on 15 November 2019.

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