Pokemon Company's Creatures Inc. No Longer on Game Freak's List of Partners
Creatures Inc., the company responsible for Pokemon Sword and Shield's 3D models, is no longer listed as a partner on Game Freak's website.
Co-owner of The Pokemon Company, Creatures Inc., has recently been removed from Game Freak’s profile page on its official website.
As reported by the Japanese website Pokemon Matome (via Video Games Chronicle), on Game Freak’s “Company Profile” page on its official website, there is a section named “Main Client” which showed Creatures Inc. as recently as November 18. However, The Pokemon Company co-owner is no longer listed. Nintendo, one of the other co-owners of The Pokemon Company, is still present.
As of this writing, it is unknown why Creatures Inc. was removed from the page. This could just be a small mistake that was overlooked. It could also mean that the relationship between Creatures Inc. and Game Freak has changed. We’ll let you know once we have details.
While never in the forefront, Creatures Inc. has been involved with The Pokemon Company since it was founded in 1998. They’ve developed some of the spin-off Pokemon games such as Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure, and most recently, Detective Pikachu. They are also known for they’re character model work in all of the main entries since Pokemon X and Y. This means they are responsible for the models used in the franchise’s most recent release, Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Just a few days before launch, a bit of controversy sparked in the Pokemon community. The models used in Pokemon Sword and Shield appear to be identical from its Pokemon Sun and Moon counterparts. This contradicts an earlier statement made by Junichi Masuda, where he stated that with the franchise switching from the 3DS to the Nintendo Switch, the models “had to be rebuilt from scratch.”
Pokemon Sword and Shield are available now for the Nintendo Switch. If you are not quite sure you want to catch em’ all this time around, you can check out our review to see our thoughts on the latest from Game Freak.