As is tradition, this year’s Pokémon Day featured another Pokémon Presents showcase. There were a lot of rumors and expectations, ranging from a widely expected Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC to more wishful concepts like a new 2.5D reimagination of the Johto games. A recent presumed leak turned out to be partially correct, but in the end, proved to be very overly optimistic. However, it also missed out on some new expansions, applications, and events that were announced.
If you missed the live stream, you can rewatch it here.
Starting us off with a few shorter announcements, this year’s Pokémon World Championship will be held in Yokohama, Japan. Attendees will be able to battle in different formats, ranging from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Trading Card Games, Pokémon Go, and Pokémon Unite. The championship will take place between August 11th and August 13th, and will be live-streamed.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is receiving a classic version. Although there is very little information thus far, this version of the TCG will be a premium set that is set to “last a lifetime.” There will be a more in-depth look into TCG Classic during the World Championship in August.
The Pokémon Company is also teaming up with Netflix and Dwarf Studio to create a new original Netflix series, called Pokémon Concierge. The series will feature stop-motion animation and tells the tale of a brand-new storyline in the Pokémon universe. The tale will be centered around a concierge at a Pokémon Resort, and the Pokémon who visit as guests.
Events and Expansions
Next up, there’s a flurry of smaller announcements and expansions for existing Pokémon Games.
- In Pokémon Unite, the legendary Pokémon Zacian is joining the raster. There will also be a new event to accompany it, the Adventure in Zacian’s Wield, as well as a new boss rush event. In celebration of Pokémon Day, players can enter the gift code “POKEMONDAY” to get a gold Zacian boost emblem.
- In Pokémon Café Remix, players can now much more extensively interact with the Paldea region. There’s a new Paldea dish, and you can recruit either Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly to your staff. There is also a Great Chef outfit for Greninja, available to players who log in between now and March 17th, 05.59 UTC.
- Pokémon Masters EX has its 3.5 years anniversary, which it celebrates by unleashing new Synch Pairs, particularly focused on Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Pokémon Sleep and Pokémon Go Plus Plus
Pokémon Sleep, a game that was first teased in 2019, will release this summer. You play the game by sleeping. The game tracks and analyzes both how and how much you sleep.
The game is accompanied by the Pokémon Go Plus Plus, an accessory that pairs with both Pokémon Sleep and Pokémon Go. It can measure your sleep data and set alarm data. It also adds some functionality to Pokémon Go, like automatically spinning Pokéstops and throwing regular Pokéballs at Pokémon. The device will be available on July 14th, 2023.
Pokémon Scarlet Updates & DLC
The major news of this Pokémon Presents comes last, as it delves deeper into Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. To start, there are two new Paradox Pokémon to catch in Paldea’s Tera Raid. Pokémon Scarlet players will get access to Walking Wake, the prehistoric Water/Dragon variant of Suicune. Pokémon Violet players get access to Iron Leaves, the futuristic Grass/Psychic variant of Virizion. The events are set to start as soon as possible.
The games will also soon connect to Pokémon Go. The games’ postcards can now be sent to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which changes the pattern on Paldea’s Vivillon. You can also collect roaming Gimmighoul in Pokémon Go. Pokémon Home support is also set to be added in the spring of 2023.
The last announcement is a major DLC coming to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet called the Treasure of Area Zero. It will be divided into two parts. The DLC is split into two parts. The Teal Mask, which releases in the fall of 2023, features a new region known as Kitakami, which you are visiting on a school trip. In the second part, The Indigo Disk, you study as an exchange student at Blueberry Academy. The DLCs will bring old Pokémon back to Scarlet and Violet, such as Milotic and Zebstrika. The DLCs will also feature two new legendaries – Ogerpon and Teragapos, who respectively look like a teal mask and an indigo disk.
That’s all that the Pokémon Company announced during the Pokémon Presents of February 27th, 2023. What do you think of the announcements, and of the Pokémon Presents in general? Let us know in the comments!