Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks trigger heartwarming #ThankYouGameFreak response

It's been a difficult week for Pokemon creators Gamefreak.

For some weeks developers have been coming under increasing pressure from fans over the games Pokedex.

To be more specific, anger from fans due to Sword and Shield not including the series National Dex (essentially every Pokémon ever made) for the first time in the series history.

For some time the anger has simmered under the surface without ever really boiling over.

That was until earlier this week when several prominent Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks hit the internet and more or less revealed the games full Pokedex, starter evolutions and several new Pokemon.

It's not even that hard to find if you know where to look.

In some sort of bizarre irony (given S&S's apparent UK inspired setting) the whole situation has coined the term "Dexit".

Last month Eurogamer spoke with Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, the series' veteran lead producer and its game director, and it doesn't seem like anything is lost on the developers.

"Of course, you know, you see these sort of negative comments and it does, as a developer, make you feel a bit down about certain things," Masuda said at the time.

How quickly things can change in a month though.

The latest episode of WayPoint Radio with Austin Walker claims that the morale of Game Freak employees is at an “all-time low”, and more recently the Pokémon Company has called off a Japanese launch event for the game.

Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori were both due to make an appearance but a statement from The Pokémon Company has blamed "operational reasons".

Whether that's the case isn't entirely clear but it's a statement we'll have to take at face value.

Thankfully though, not all portions of the fanbase are raging at the developers or latest game.

So here's some positivity.

Head over to Twitter and you'll notice that one of the top global trends is a surprisingly heartwarming response from fans using the hashtag #ThankYouGameFreak

The source of the trend comes from the Twitter user @MysticUmbreon94, a YouTuber and partnered Twitch streamer who wrote:

"I wanted to see if I could start a #ThankYouGameFreak trend. #ThankYouGamefreak for creating the games that got me through all the tough times in my childhood. I know times are rough, but there are still fans that love what you do. Spread if you appreciate what Gamefreak does."

If you are trying to avoid any and all potential Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks don't dig too deep into the many responses.

However, if you do want to see some positive fan reception to the new game, it's certainly a breath of fresh air given all the recent animosity.

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