Yesterday, during Nintendo’s Pokémon 2019 Press Conference the folks at Game Freak, Niantic, and other Pokémon developers surprised fans with the announcement of not one, not two, but four upcoming Pokémon games. This comes shortly before Nintendo’s Pokémon Direct presentation on June 5th where Game Freak will reveal more information (and hopefully gameplay as well as some new Pokémon) about the upcoming games Pokémon: Sword and Pokémon: Shield for the Nintendo Switch. This announcement is also slightly ahead of this year’s E3 Conference on June 11th where multiple gaming companies including Nintendo will be announcing their new games/hardware releasing in the near future.

Suffice it to say, the Pokémon community was pleasantly surprised by this revelation of four new games coming soon. The games announced were Pokémon: Home, Pokémon: Sleep, Pokémon: Masters, and an Untitled Detective Pikachu sequel. Pokémon: Home isn’t exactly a new game but rather an updated version of the hub app Pokémon: Bank. Pokémon: Bank was originally an app made for the 3DS which would allow players to deposit their Pokémon from older games as far back as titles made for the Gameboy Advance into a hub world where they can then transfer those Pokémon to 3DS titles such Pokémon: X/Y, Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, and etc. Pokémon: Home allows players to use Pokémon; Bank to deposit and transfer Pokémon from modern games such as Pokémon: Go, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee/Pikachu, and the upcoming Pokémon: Sword/Shield. This would basically allow players to keep their beloved Pocket Monsters on multiple gaming platforms and titles. Pokémon: Home is slated to release in early 2020 on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch devices.

Pokémon: Sleep is an app developed by The Pokémon Company which “… brings a gameplay experience unlike any other”. What that gameplay experience exactly is, nobody knows for sure yet but the game will work with a device known as the Pokémon Go Plus + that will supposedly track your time sleeping. This device can also be used to play Pokémon: Go while you’re asleep so it essentially operates similarly to the Pokewalker accessory from the Pokémon: Heart Gold/Soul Silver games where you can train your Pokémon subconsciously. Surely more information on this new game will be revealed in the coming months but for the time being, Pokémon: Sleep will be released on iOS and Android devices in 2020.

Pokémon: Masters is another app made by The Pokémon Company which lets players battle famous trainers from previous Pokémon games such as Red from Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow and Stephen from Pokémon: Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. While much isn’t known about the actual mechanics or gameplay of the app itself, more information will probably be announced alongside Pokémon: Sword/Shield as we close in on these games’ release dates. Pokémon: Masters will also be available on iOS and Android devices and is scheduled to launch this June so perhaps we’ll hear more about this app at E3 or Pokémon Direct.

With the success of the film, Detective Pikachu along with the somewhat minor success of the Detective Pikachu game for the 3DS, Creatures, Inc. has begun production on a sequel to the 3DS title for the Nintendo Switch. While it’s unknown if the game will have direct ties to film or not, the game will definitely be a sequel to the 3DS game since it ended on a cliffhanger. Not much is known about the game at all other than that it is in production but perhaps we’ll find out more information about this sequel at E3 or Pokémon Direct. Nevertheless, this year is aiming to be a fantastic year for Pokémon fans and perhaps more games will be announced at the upcoming conferences such as the elusive remakes of Pokémon: Diamond/Pearl?

Whatever happens, people will surely be delighted to be Pokémon trainers this summer.


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