Japanese Set ‘World Down’ Renamed to ‘Infinity Zone’ in Unprecedented Move

Japan’s third Sword & Shield set has been renamed from World Down to Infinity Zone according to its Amazon preorder page. We previously reported World Down would feature Eternatus VMAX and release in July.

This is the first time a set has been renamed. It’s possible Pokemon feared “World Down” could be misinterpreted as a reference to the coronavirus events currently affecting the globe. However, this is only speculation. The set hasn’t been publicly announced yet, so it’s unlikely we’ll receive an official explanation.

It does seem the name change was a last-minute decision though. The trademark for the original name was filed in January. The Amazon page and several other distributors also listed the original name in February when they first put up their preorder pages. The distributors and Amazon get their information directly from Pokemon, so it’s highly unlikely Pokemon would send them an outdated name.

We know Pokemon Japan prints their sets at least a few months in advance. Infinity Zone is three months out, so perhaps they were getting ready to print the set and were able to change the packaging in time (assuming the coronavirus theory is correct). TPCi prints their sets a little further in advance since the sets are printed in the U.S. and then shipped around the world.

The new set name, Mugen Zone, is a play on Eternatus’s Japanese name Mugendina, which itself is based on the word mugendai for “infinity.”

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  1. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    That's the best move that they do so that they won't get into trouble
     
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  2. Nyora A Cat
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    Good move lol, not only could World Down be seen as a thing relating to the coronavirus, but Eternatus is also a poison type that transforms into thicc monster that do a destroy so like, yeah, good move lmao
     
  3. aschefield101 is behind you !
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    I don't see the issue with the original name tbh. It just shows me that there's companies/businesses pandering to the hand holding public who're "offended" by everything.

    This planet is so screwed.
     
  4. MilesEX Aspiring Trainer
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    People are stupid, look at Corona beer sales, they've fallen through the floor. These businesses never make decicions to be morally just, they do it for their bottom line.

    Also, if something can be changed with little effort (or at least little enough it doesn't outweight the cost) why not? It's very easy for a lot of people in this world to moan at others for getting offended at stuff .... they're in a much better position.
     
  5. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    This is a business decision regarding brand perception, not "pandering". It doesn't just concern "the offended", but also stocks - the investors might believe such name would lead to lower sales. It's the same reason why companies included the buzzword "Blockchain" in their names and saw their shares skyrocket.
    This is fake news by the way. The interviewer asked "Would you even drink Corona", not "Will you stop drinking Corona now".
     
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  6. AshCo さくうぴい?!
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    Yikes... Does it really matter that much to get so worked up over?? I don't know how many times I've explained this on here before for a million reasons, whether it's people wanting Charizard to be purged or whatever, but Pokemon is a company. Companies are out there to make money by selling a good or a service, and they're (probably, if the speculation is correct) doing something to ensure their product still sells. Simple as that.

    But even then? Who cares. Seriously, it's such a big non-issue to get all up in arms for.
     
  7. Hongo Aspiring Trainer
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    Plot twist:

    Pokérus gets a mechanic in the TCG.
     
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  8. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB
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    And also, like, this was a Japanese name change. The set was never going to be named "World Down" in English. Even if we weren't in the middle of a global pandemic right now, this is a change that does not affect people outside Japan at all.....
     
  9. aschefield101 is behind you !
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    You might wanna rethink what you perceive as getting "worked up over", especially as you have no context. My post was a logical and quite tame one, I don't overly care either way and thus is just an opinion; that I felt like sharing, how rude of me clearly.
     
  10. AshCo さくうぴい?!
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    I don't really see 'logical and tame' when I see "This planet is so screwed" over something like a set's name changing, but remember that on the internet, it's harder for people to tell what your inflection is supposed to be. If you meant to sound like you were trying to be calm or something, sorry but I didn't catch it.
     
  11. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  12. jamashawalker Ikouze!
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    Wow that was quick!!! and wow what an amazing set of cards we are getting!!! idk what they do yet but they all look pretty amazing already
     
  13. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
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    Surprised they didn't go crazy with Eternatus's HP. I was expecting 350.

    And Salamence V is such a tease. Bagon/Shelgon would've revealed the fate of Dragon types but Vs are Basic-only haha.
     
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  14. jamashawalker Ikouze!
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    I was expecting 350 too lol with it's stats from in game which are laughably non-playable
     
  15. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    good johto rep here
     
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  16. zzzeraora Aspiring Trainer
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    Guys.
    Guys.
    I'm screaming. Holy fudge you guys have no idea how LONG I've wanted this. Not just a new Crobat Ultra Rare, but so many of these arrworks are beautiful. On top of that, these are the first Crobat and Houndoom ultra rares since X and Y. Man....These sets are gonna be AMAZING.
     
  17. NicoNoo Meta/budget player
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    Comparing the text of Eternatus to CEC Emboar, apparently it checks the top 8 cards from deck, then attaches (to itself? however you like?) all darkness energy you find.

    Dark Box gonna be meta finally. Consistently hitting energies was always the main problem, BUT this solves it, without relying on terrible Red & Blue, Naganadel or Darkrai Prism + Scoop Up Net engines.

    Comparing it with ZoroNinja, the attack is apparently the same, except without the added 30 - hit x30 for all darkness energy on field.
     
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  18. mattitup4238 Aspiring Trainer
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    I think (??) it increases your bench size to 8 and it goes back to 5 if the ability gets disabled
     
  19. Komaferrer Aspiring Trainer
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    Translating it from what I can see it’s “As long as you only have Dark Pokémon on the field, your bench space is increased from 5 to 8, and this ability is disabled if any non dark types are present

    the attack is 30x for each dark type in play (on your side of the field?)
     
  20. NicoNoo Meta/budget player
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    Well, dang, I compared it to Sky Field (japanese print) and it appears to be the same. Sky Field for your own mons is crazy good, but... eeeeh. We're still missing the consistent energy load. At least now I won't be troubled by using Dedennes on my bench.