Pokemon has been one of the most recognizable brands on the planet for over two decades, but its profile rose even higher when Pokemon Go took the world by storm in 2016. Since this summer, The Pokemon Company has churned out Pokemon games, apps, services and hardware at a steady pace, but according to the company’s Wednesday press conference in Japan , we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.
Although a few more announcements were sprinkled between the two, there were four major reveals during Wednesday morning’s press conference. We’ll go over them all below, but they include new mobile games, a new Switch game, new services, and new hardware to take advantage of those services.
First, Nintendo revealed that the original Detective Pikachu The 3DS game (which inspired the live-action movie) will get a sequel on Switch. The first game ended in a cliffhanger, so if you want to know how the story ends, you’ll have to pick up the Switch game when it finally comes to the Switch.
The upcoming announcement will be a welcome one for gamers getting into multiple Pokemon games across all platforms. Pokemon HOME is a new cloud service compatible with Switch, iOS, and Android devices to let you move your Pokémon between games, including Pokémon Sword and Shield, Pokemon: Let’s go, Pikachu! and Let’s go, Eevee!and Pokemon Go. You can also trade with others in Pokemon HOMEwhich will be launched in 2020.
By far the strangest announcement from the press conference, Pokemon Sleep is a new app that tracks your sleep time and… rewards you for a good night’s sleep? It’s not entirely clear how the app will work yet, but we do know that The Pokemon Company is partnering with Niantic and Nintendo for this app. Additionally, in addition to the app, The Pokemon Company also announced a new device called Pokemon Go Plus+, which works similar to a Pokemon Go Plus during the day, but tracks your sleep at night, sending information about your sleep to your smartphone via Bluetooth. No specific release dates yet, but Pokemon Sleep also launching in 2020.
Finally, The Pokemon Company unveiled a new mobile game called Pokemon Masters, which brings together all of the iconic Pokémon trainers from across the history of mainline series RPGs. From the gameplay preview we got, this seems to be the more mainstream Pokemon game revealed at the press conference.
That’s all the news worth printing from the Pokemon 2019 press conference, but we won’t have to wait long for more. Pokemon news, as Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct arrives Wednesday, June 5.