Since the release of Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company has seen a vast impact on the lives of those with smartphones. The mobile market has exploded for them, and the company aims to capitalize on their recent success. A Pokémon press conference streamed last night served as a showcase of that tenacity.
During the thirty-minute conference, various members of The Pokémon Company and adjoining collaborators spoke to the media to announce a number of upcoming projects. Ranging from new games and real-life innovations, the company had a lot to offer.
The first major announcement came in the form of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which was revealed to be getting a sequel for the Nintendo Switch. No release date was given with the game, though it was said that its ending would differ from the recent Detective Pikachu film.
Following that, a game titled Pokémon Home was announced. In Pokémon Home, the player can expect a cloud-based portable bank that will be able to hold pokémon that players have collected from recent Pokémon games, such as Pokémon GO, Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu, and the upcoming Pokémon Sword & Shield. Players will also be able to trade their pokémon with others, and is slated to release in early 2020.
Afterwards, Pokémon Sleep, the most notable and trendworthy inclusion of the Pokémon press conference, was announced to the world. Few details were given with the game, but they emphasized that the amount of sleep one has will directly affect the gameplay experience. The company wanted to have players “look forward to waking up every day.” Pokémon Sleep was given a 2020 release year.
Finally, the game announcements concluded with Pokémon Masters, an upcoming mobile game that brings more of the battle elements of Pokémon back to the mobile sphere. A short gameplay trailer was shown that saw Pokémon veterans such as Misty, Brock, and Cynthia among the cast. The game was given a release date of 2019.
Other announcements during the Pokémon press conference include real-life Pokémon Centers being situated in the Shibuya section of Tokyo, official Pokémon apparel becoming more widely available, a Pokémon GO event featuring Snorlax, and the Pokémon GO Plus+ device, which will be used with the aforementioned Pokémon Sleep. To watch the entire Pokémon press conference, check out the video shown below: