While I think the vapourware state of Town is the current biggest controversy regarding GAME FREAK at the moment, literally no one else cares about Town. In fact, you most likely disagree with me and think GAME FREAK's biggest controversy is the lack of a National Dex (more like an International Dex) in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. While I think Rotom becoming a smartphone is the biggest culprit in why there will not be a comprehensive Pokémon registry, most people seem to blame GAME FREAK being an incompetent development team and Junichi Masuda personally. ...And as someone who equates Masuda as the Pokémon version of Shigeru Miyamoto (that's a bad thing), I'm not going to try to defend GAME FREAK or Masuda.
Since I have nothing outrageous to add about GAME FREAK being bad at planning or lazy or that they shouldn't have announced Pokémon Home until after Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield released (because who is going to pay interest to the Nosepass running Pokémon Bank now?), my main concern isn't actually the Pokémon not being in the Galar National Dex. It's the increased chance of deleterious effects it may have on downstream spin-offs.
If a Pokémon won't even be programmed into the flagship Generation 8 game—keep in mind that previous games don't let you catch every Pokémon in-game but they're still in the code—what chance do they have of being in spin-offs based on Generation 8? Quite low.
Traditionally, spin-offs don't include every-known Pokémon. From Pokémon Snap having less than half of the Generation 1 Pokémon in the game, to Pokémon Ranger having a small amount, to Pokémon Rumble (on WiiWare) only containing Generation 1 and 4 Pokémon, to Pokémon Conquest heavily-stylising a limited number (even if some Pokémon they excluded would've worked very well in that game's scenario). Even Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity excluded large quantities of Pokémon not introduced in Unova.
You have to be a particularly special spin-off to have the ability to interact with every Pokémon in existence, like Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (which rescued the whole franchise... until now, I guess?), or Pokémon Rumble World.
Let's suppose that Tauros gets into Galar because of Kanto favouritism. Let's then suppose that they exclude Bouffalant because of the (bad) belief that Bouffalant is a redundant Unova expy (like many other Unova vs. Kanto scenarios) of Tauros. What chance does Bouffalant have in being in the next spin-off? Why, that would mean that the developer of the spin-off would put more effort into the game than GAME FREAK did for the main game.
Which isn't impossible, and I'd argue that's what happened with Spike Chunsoft's Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon vs. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. But... that's not something you can count on.
Until the flagship game is expanded to have the capability to have every Pokémon, that's going to impact spin-offs a lot, and that's not good for fans. Especially of Bouffalant. Poor moo.
|Unlike Tauros, I don't have any pictures of Bouffalant's ass saved to my hard drive, and I never will if Bouffalant never appears again.|
So I'll leave you with this poetry:
Inscribing Arceus's Judgment.
In the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Direct it is inscribed,
And on November 15 it is sealed.
How many Pokémon shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall faint,
Who shall reach level 100 and who shall not,
Who shall perish by Water Spout and who by Fire Blast,
Who by Sacred Sword and who by Ultra Beast,
Who by Hunger and who by an unseen force,
Who by Earthquake and who by Infestation,
Who by Bind and who by Rock Throw,
Who shall have Rest and who shall Vital Spirit,
Who shall be Heal Belled and who shall be Pursuited,
Who shall be at Sleep and who shall be Tormented,
Who shall be Telekinesised and who shall be Smack Downed,
Who shall Pay Day and who shall black out.
But repentance, prayer and righteousness avert the severe decree.
This is what happens when Ludwig is forced to put a picture into an article but doesn't know what, so he has to go deep into his stash of Pokémon anime screenshots. He likes both Bouffalant and Tauros very greatly, though Bouffalant has been his profile picture on Facebook for several years running. Are you apparently more worried about the state of future Pokémon spin-offs more than the mainline RPGs? Do you think patches or a third version will save the day? Just to make sure everyone realises, when Ludwig worries about spin-offs, his main concern is actually the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series.
If you need to be rescued in any of those Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, by the way, Ludwig can help you out.
If you want to know what GAME FREAK is doing with the extra development resources, it's a reskinned version of Mega Evolution.