Pokémon is at it again with their 2019 Pokémon Press Conference. With big reveals like a new Detective Pikachu game in the works for the Nintendo Switch, and the new universal cloud-based Pokémon storage system, the future of Pokémon only seems to be getting brighter.
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The success of the Detective Pikachu movie was first up, along with hints of more Pokémon movies to come as well as confirmation of a sequel to the Nintendo 3DS title, Detective Pikachu in development for the Nintendo Switch.
They then announced that a new (real life) Pokémon Center location will be constructed in Shibuya, Japan. After seeing the Tokyo Pokémon Center and the concept photos of the new venue one can only hope that Pokémon Centers will start spreading westward.
After NetEase announced their partnership with the Pokémon Company to bring Pokémon titles to China, Gamefreak took the stage to reveal their new Pokémon storage software, Pokémon Home. Home will be a cloud-based system that will connect to Pokémon Go, Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as to the Pokémon Bank where Pokémon are stored from earlier Pokémon titles. It seems that it will act as a social app and allow you to trade your Pokémon from anywhere with anyone using your Smartphone and will be launching early 2020.
A curveball was then thrown right over home plate as a short teaser trailer was shown for Pokémon Sleep. There weren’t many details shown for the game except that it will connect to a new device developed by Nintendo as a successor to the Pokémon Go Plus, the Pokémon Go Plus + which will apparently lay on your bed next to you and track your sleep while connecting to your smartphone. If the name of the device isn’t confusing enough, Niantic also added some confusion by saying that Pokémon Go will also utilize the sleep tracking technology and that both apps will reward you for hours slept. I have to wonder how many ways there are to use two separate apps while being mostly unconscious. I am also curious as to what other devices would be able to pair with the Pokémon Sleep functionality. Never the less, with the Pokémon Go app getting gamers moving, paired with Pokémon Sleep encouraging us to get more rest as well, The Pokémon Company may make us a healthier community yet!
Last but definitely not least, Pokémon Masters, a new mobile game was announced and shown off. It looks like it will feature characters from the previous Pokémon games and the gameplay focuses on 3v3 Pokémon battles. The game looks gorgeous and seems like it will have a fun main storyline. I would imagine with the success of games like Fire Emblem Heroes and Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Masters may be a free-to-play game but would have buyable currency to “summon” other trainers and/or Pokémon to use in your team. The game is set to release this year.
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The conference ended with the announcement that Pokémon Shirts, by Original Stitch, will soon be available in North America and Europe. The conference was quite an event, complete with excellent lighting, music cues, and giant pokéball podiums. More is to come from the Pokémon Company in the coming weeks as well with a fifteen minute Pokémon Direct focusing more on the upcoming Sword and Shield Switch titles set for Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 8:00 AM Central Time. Maybe Pokémon Masters will release that day? Will Pokémon have a presence during E3? Let us know what your take is from all this in the comments.