In a statement on its Japanese website, The Pokémon Company has announced that it will take action against Pokémon Sword and Shield players and Pokémon Home users that have “improperly altered data” — essentially meaning modders and/or cheaters. Those with improperly altered data will be restricted from online play in Pokémon Sword and Shield and restricted from trading in Pokémon Home. Additionally, if data reviewed by the company is found to “cause problems with the operating software, applications, or cause inconveniences to other players,” a player might be permanently suspended from using Pokémon Home.
The Pokémon Company intends to monitor for altered data on an ongoing basis from this point forward. However, since this announcement has only been made in Japan so far, it is unclear if these actions will apply to North America as well.
Tech-savvy players who want to mod their games to do goofy or fun things for their own private use is one thing. Taking those modded creations into online play to wreck the rules and confuse other players is unacceptable though, so if you happen to fall into that category, you may want to beware as you continue to use Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon Home.
If you just can’t get enough Pokémon news in your life though, check out what Katsuhiro Harada had to say about the prospects of a Pokkén Tournament sequel.