Update: This argument has since been debunked in a series of tweets by one intrepid 3D Artist.
The drama surrounding Pokémon Sword & Shield continues on, as #GameFreakLied has been trending throughout the world following the reveal that the 3D models used in the game are almost identical to the ones used in the Nintendo 3DS Pokémon games, despite previous claims to the contrary.
Pokémon Sword & Shield are the first mainline entries in the series to be released on home consoles. The Nintendo Switch represents a huge technical leap forward for the series, so fans were expecting a similar upgrade in the quality of the graphics. The fans have accused Game Freak of recycling the character models from the Nintendo 3DS Pokémon games based on the available footage of Pokémon Sword & Shield, which is contrary to claims made by Shigeru Ohmori (via Nintendo Life) that the models were created from scratch.
There are copies of Pokémon Sword & Shield out in the wild and fans have started datamining the games. It has now been determined by Reddit user MindWeb125 that the 3D models used for the Pokémon in Pokémon Sword & Shield are almost identical to the ones used in Pokémon Sun & Moon. According to VG247, the reveal of this information caused the GameFreakLied hashtag to explode in popularity, causing it to trend around the world.
The reason why there is such a backlash to the reuse of models is due to Ohmori saying that they were made from scratch, but also because of the removal of the National Dex. There are fans who are wondering why so many Pokémon were cut if Pokémon Sword & Shield are reusing assets from the older games?
Pokémon Sword & Shield have been dogged by controversy since E3 2019 and Game Freak has come under fire for doing a half-assed job with the games. Pokémon Sword & Shield will be the most expensive entries in the series to date, yet they will be shipping with considerably less content than Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.