Pokemon press conference held in Tokyo on Wednesday revealed several upcoming events and game releases. Here are the five most important things you need to know from the conference.
1. Pokémon Masters, a New Mobile Game
Pokémon Masters is a new mobile game being developed by DeNA in partnership with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. The game is set to launch in 2019 on both Android and iOS. The game will feature battles with Pokémon trainers from throughout the series' history, including first generation trainers Misty and Brock. More details are expected in June.
2. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Sequel
Before it was a blockbuster film, Detective Pikachu was a game for the Nintendo 3DS. The original released in 2018 and ended with a cliffhanger, leaving the newly announced Switch sequel to pick up where that story left off. The game will reportedly end differently than the movie does.
3. Pokémon Go Plus+
This device will be used as a standard Pokémon Go device in the same way Pokémon Go Plus is, but with added functionality. Players can put the new gadget on their bed and it will track information about their sleep. Its built-in accelerometer can also be synced to a phone for recording. And yes, it really is called Pokémon Go Plus Plus.
4. Pokémon Home
Pokémon Home will be a cloud-based service allowing players to have all their Pokémon in one place. Pokémon will supposedly be collectible across the 3DS, the Switch and smartphones, with global trading features made available. Pokémon sources listed in the presentation included Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Go, Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee, and Pokémon Sword and Shield.
5. Pokémon Sleep
Pokémon Sleep is the most perplexing announcement from the press conference. While it will apparently use players' time spent sleeping to some gameplay end, what that end is remains unclear. Twitter seems into it, though.
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