Final Fantasy VII Remake and Pokemon Sword and Shield were the most tweeted games of E3 2019 according to Twitter. While the former had a massive reveal with details such as the Final Fantasy VII Remake release date being made public, the latter most likely drew the ire of fans what with the Pokedex for Pokemon Sword and Shield not including every Pokemon from past entries, just those in the Galar region where the game takes place.

”In addition to being some of the most-discussed topics on Twitter, @Bethesda, @EA, @Nintendo, @SquareEnix, @Ubisoft, and @Xbox were all the #1 worldwide trend on Twitter during their respective E3 press conferences. The event itself — using hashtags #E3 and #E32019 — was also a top trend on Twitter last week,” wrote Rishi Chadha Head of Gaming at Twitter.

Most tweeted games E3 2019

  • Pokemon
  • Fortnite
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Splatoon
  • Apex Legends

Most tweeted upcoming games E3 2019

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • CyberPunk2077
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Marvel’s Avengers

The Pokemon Sword and Shield release date is November 15. In the run up to this, developer Game Freak has confirmed that not all Pokemon from past games can be transferred to Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch. It turns out that only those available in the Galar Region, where the game takes place, will be accessible. This could vastly reduce the number of Pokemon you can carry over to Sword and Shield, though Game Freak isn’t saying exactly how many of the over 800 species will be accessible just yet.

As for the reason for the Pokedex (aka the game’s bestiary) being limited, Game Freak state it has to do with the complexity of the Nintendo Switch hardware.

“In previous games that worked with the Pokemon Bank service, you were able to — for example, in ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ — bring over any Pokemon even if they weren’t in the Alola Pokedex,” Masuda said during the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct video broadcast this week. “But with the transition to the Nintendo Switch hardware, with it being much more powerful and allowing us to be much more expressive with each of the individual Pokemon — and now we’re well over 800 Pokemon species in the games. At Game Freak, we really spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was, really preserving the quality of all the different Pokemon.”

In an interview with USgamer, Masuda clarified the situation further, stating that the studio was aware that it wouldn’t be able to make its upcoming games compatible with every Pokemon created.

“We knew at some point we weren’t going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokemon, and we just found that ‘Sword’ and ‘Shield’ would probably be a good point to go back and reevaluate,” Masuda said. “It isn’t just going to be all-new Pokemon in the Galar region Pokedex; there’s still going to be a lot of favorites that fans will be able to bring over that they’ve adventured with previously.”

At a Final Fantasy VII concert, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy VII Remake release date. The much awaited reimagining of the classic Japanese role-playing game is out on March 3, 2020. This comes after much speculation regarding the state of the project. More so when Square brought development of the game in-house after partnering with Cyber2Connect, leading many to suggest that the Final Fantasy VII Remake was in development hell. Revealed at E3 2015, the game was announced as ‘play it first on PS4’, this would imply other platforms could see Final Fantasy VII Remake down the line as well.

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