Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, concluded the Pokémon 2019 Press Conference by discussing a new service in Japan called Pokémon Shirts, which creates made-to-order original clothing designs featuring the first 151 Pokémon. While wearing one of the custom designs onstage, Mr. Ishihara announced that the service will expand to more regions, including the United States and Europe!
A new Pokémon mobile game called Pokémon Masters is on the way for iOS and Android devices from The Pokémon Company and DeNA. Pokémon Masters lets players experience a new type of Pokémon battling on the go, and it features many famous Pokémon Trainers from the long history of Pokémon video games. Gameplay has been optimized for smart devices, allowing anyone to casually pick it up and play. Pokémon Masters is scheduled to launch in 2019. Fans can expect more details about this new mobile game later this month.
Soon, you’ll be able to wake up with Pokémon every morning with Pokémon Sleep, a mobile app coming from The Pokémon Company. Pokémon Sleep brings a gameplay experience unlike any other. A new device based on the Pokémon GO Plus device uses an embedded accelerometer to track your time sleeping and sends this information to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This new device, called the Pokémon GO Plus +, also has the same functions as the original Pokémon GO Plus, so you can use it to play Pokémon GO during the day as well as with Pokémon Sleep at night! Look forward to Pokémon Sleep launching for mobile devices in 2020.
The world of Pokémon games is more diverse than ever, with exciting titles for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Now Trainers can bring all their Pokémon together with Pokémon HOME, a new cloud service app that lets players continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single platform. Pokémon HOME connects with Pokémon Bank as well as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, and also Pokémon GO.
With Pokémon HOME, Trainers can manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Plus, they can trade with friends or with anyone around the world directly using Pokémon HOME via mobile device. A potential future addition will even allow multiple players in a single location to trade all at once. Pokémon HOME is expected to launch in early 2020 on iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.
The Pokémon Company confirmed that Pokémon Quest will be officially released in China for the first time later this year, courtesy of developer NetEase. A brand-new Player vs Player (PvP) mode and social features are also in the works, giving players an opportunity to go head-to-head and interact with each other.
A new Pokémon Center physical location will open in the fall of 2019 in Shibuya, Japan. With Shibuya being such a popular spot for shopping an entertainment purposes, this Pokémon Center is anticipating a plethora of visitors on a daily basis.
A New Detective Pikachu Comes to Nintendo Switch
The release of the POKÉMON Detective Pikachu movie has left fans wanting more of the famous Pokémon sleuth. Creatures, Inc., has plans to create a new entry in the Detective Pikachu video game series for Nintendo Switch. The original Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS ended on a cliffhanger and this upcoming game will be a conclusion to that story. The details of the game are still a mystery, so keep checking Pokemon.com for more information.