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Sausage curry in Pokémon Sworld and Shield Game Freak/Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is just over a month away from its Nov. 15 release date, and there are still so many unanswered questions — the biggest of which is this: What’s in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s sausage?

During a Nintendo Direct in early September, Nintendo revealed that Pokémon trainers will be able to cook for their Pokémon at Camps, with other 100 different curry recipes to make, like spicy curry, toast curry, dry pasta curry, and ... sausage curry. Pokémon fans were immediately concerned. Are humans making sausage out of Pokémon? Game Informer asked Pokémon Sword and Shield director Shigeru Ohmori and producer Junichi Masuda during an interview published this week.

Unfortunately, we still don’t have an answer. “I don’t know what it is,” Ohmori said. “It’s a Pokémon world sausage.”

Hmm ...

In a Polygon investigation from last year, we found that people in the Pokémon universe do eat Pokémon byproducts, like Moomoo milk and Chansey eggs. In Pokémon, the original series, a Pokédex entry just states it: “Farfetch’d, a Wild Duck Pokémon. Farfetch’d makes a delicious meal, especially when cooked with leek. Because of this, Farfetch’d is nearly extinct.” We’re also pretty sure that some bird types, like Pidgeotto, eat bug types, like Caterpie, in Pokémon.

In 2018, Kotaku asked Masuda if humans eat Pokémon and he gave a non-answer. Masuda responded: “I’m actually curious about that as well.”

All evidence points to humans eating Pokémon — but there seems to be a chance the sausage is made from animals in the Pokémon world.

I mean, Ash’s Pokédex said it — Farfetch’d is delicious. The sausage looks delicious. The sausage could be made from a Pokémon.

But still, a Pokémon sausage feels wrong. After all, these sausages are being fed to Pokémon themselves; each of these curries gives a different bonus to your crew of pocket monsters. If we don’t know what’s in these sausages, how are we to keep our Pokémon from eating one of its own species?

Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch. For the first time, it’ll have an autosave feature.

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