Not surprising, given how Sword and Shield are turning out. These do not look like games designed by people super excited and dedicated to a project; they look like games designed by people who got burnt out years ago and don't have the energy to care.For the sake of context:
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Apparently morale at GF is at a downtime low, according to a podcast... That I can't really play for some reason.
I doubt it's just the Dexit crowd's REEEEing that's bringing Game Freak's mood down, though gaining the ire of fans obviously isn't helping. They're becoming second fiddle to a fucking mobile game. Even if the core Pokemon games they develop are no longer the main focus of the franchise they're still expected to crank out a game every year or two. Their latest attempt at branching out with a new IP is shaping up to be a critical and financial flop. And now individual employees can't talk about Pokemon without getting chewed out, even if they had zero control over choices like which Pokemon got culled. It's no wonder morale is low. Game Freak sounds like an incredibly depressing place to work at right now.