The Pokémon Company held a press conference today covering the business strategy for the company going forward. Of course this involved some games, and other Pokémon related products. In case you have been living under a Graveler for the past couple of decades, Pokémon (aka. Pocket Monsters in Japan) is a video and card game series owned by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The main games mostly involve players (trainers) collecting, training, and battling the massive variety of “monsters” in the games.
Last year’s Pokémon conference introduced viewers to the Pokémon Quest game for multiple platforms and Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! games for the Nintendo Switch. The mobile platform hit Pokémon Go was announced at a previous press conference. So what did The Pokémon Company have to say about its future endeavors today? Well, it seems like you can sleep through future games…
The original Detective Pikachu game (which the recent movie loosely resembles) did come to the USA for the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike the movie, the game did not have a concrete resolution, but it will, though on the Nintendo Switch.
The previously mentioned Pokémon Quest will be traveling to China with help from NetEase.
The Pokémon Company also introduced Pokémon HOME, which will be a cloud-based service that will work on Android, iOS, and Nintendo devices to store previous Pokémon you have collected.
Pokémon Go incorporated walking into Pokémon games (as did the Pokéwalker did for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver before that, with the Pokémon Pikachu & Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS devices even further before that), now The Pokémon Company wants to also incorporate… sleep. Yes, they are developing Pokémon Sleep, which will track a user’s sleep to use in games.
Nintendo will be developing a device to work with Pokémon Sleep and the Pokémon Go app, the Pokémon GO Plus + (yeah that sounds like a Nintendo name). The device will work like the previously released Pokémon GO Plus, but with the Sleep funtionality.
Furthermore Pokémon Go partners Niantic, Inc. will have special sleeping Snorlax in game for a limited time to celebrate the announcement.
Finally, a new mobile game was announced: Pokémon Masters. This game is for iOS and Android and will be developed by The Pokémon Company and DeNA. The game will feature a “new type” of battling alongside your favorite Pokémon masters from the different videogames.
Here’s the full press conference:
What about the more “traditional” Pokémon games? Well, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were announced back in February, These games, for the Nintendo Switch, will get their own presentation via a Pokémon Direct next week, June 5, 2019 at 6:00am PDT.