Wow. It's worse than I thought. When I first read about this, I thought it was only referring to transferring to/from Pokemon Home, which itself was stupid enough. But not having some in the game at all?!?!? This is a new low. Completing the National Dex is what made Pokemon have some of the best post-game content out there (which, side note, is why I was always pissed off that there almost never was a significant reward for it).
Whatever their reason for doing this, let's not forget that this is a franchise that shits money. They have no excuse.
This might be the first time in a long while that I skip a Pokemon game, and the only time ever that I skip a generation opener. Pokemon has going downhill in my view as of late. I loved Gen 6, and Gen 5 was my favorite, but Sun and Moon were quite lackluster and frankly boring in my view (I don't think this is a popular opinion, but correct me if I'm wrong) and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were a complete waste of $40 for anyone who played the originals- literally the exact same game.
Which brings me to their anti-consumer tactics. Now I had nothing against the third-version tactic back in the day. They often brought a lot of good things, and in the case of Black 2 and White 2, they were absolutely fantastic. But now that we can have patches and DLC, there's no need. What I fear (and expect) is that Pokemon Butterknife is going to feature every Pokemon and of course you'll have to pay $60 for it even if you Sword and Shield.
I wasn't very excited for Sword and Shield for the aforementioned reasons, as well it looking pretty low quality, but I told myself that there's no way I could skip a main series Pokemon game. I might finally have a reason to do so.