‘Pokemon Home,’ ‘Pokemon Sleep,’ ‘Pokemon Masters,’ And More Announced!

Pokemon’s 2019 press conference just concluded in Tokyo! The Pokemon Company announced new game titles and initiatives for the franchise.

A sequel to the 3DS Detective Pikachu video game will launch on the Nintendo Switch. The original game ended on a cliffhanger, but the sequel will conclude the story and feature a different ending than the film’s. No release date was announced.

A new Pokemon Center will open in Shibuya, Japan in fall 2019. It’ll feature a stylish black design and a Mewtwo statue at the entrance.

We already knew this, but Pokemon Quest will be released in China in collaboration with NetEase Games, the second largest game developer in the world. NetEase will presumably help Pokemon release more of their titles in China in the future. The press conference opened with a Chinese translator, which was to foreshadow this development.

Junichi Masuda announced a new mobile cloud service called Pokemon Home. It will allow you to store and manage all of your Pokemon from your various games, like Pokemon BankLet’s Go Pikachu & Eevee, and Pokemon Sword & Shield. It’ll be compatible with the Switch, smartphones, and all future titles. You’ll be able to trade your Pokemon with your friends simply by using your smartphone — you can also trade with other players worldwide. The service will launch in early 2020.

The Pokemon Company announced a new initiative to promote sleeping. Like how Pokemon GO promoted exercise and going outdoors when it launched in 2016, Pokemon wants to promote healthy sleeping so players “look forward to waking up.”

A new mobile title called Pokemon Sleep will launch in 2020. It will track your sleep and reward you in Pokemon games for sleeping well. Pokemon GO will also incorporate benefits for resting and sleeping.

A new device named the Pokemon GO Plus+ will work like past Pokemon GO devices, but will also be able to track your sleep. If you place it on your pillow at night, it’ll send your sleep data to Pokemon Sleep via Bluetooth.

An event is now running in Pokemon GO where you can see sleeping Snorlax. They have the move Yawn. The event will last until June 3rd.

Another new mobile title called Pokemon Masters will launch this year in collaboration with DeNA. The game will feature Pokemon’s famous Trainers from the past and present and their partner Pokemon. You will battle with them and against them in a new type of Pokemon battling experience. Each Trainer is also voiced by an actor. More game details will release next month. Presumably the TCG is promoting this mobile game with the release of SM11b Dream League.

That’s it for the press conference’s announcements! Remember, a new Pokemon Direct will stream on June 5th at 6 AM PDT. It will cover new Pokemon Sword and Shield news and will last for 15 minutes.

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  1. bunnybird12 Don't be sad- be hoppy!


    I appreciate their attempt to revive some older characters that don't get seen very often! I still wish for a gen 4 remake though.
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  2. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*


    I guess we'll end up getting a Pokemon Switch game about sleeping at some point. Pokemon Masters does interest me. I'm looking forward to seeing Blue/Green sporting that Pidgeot. This game does look like that arcade Pokemon game in Japan and I was interested in that so I hope its similar.

    I do want them to support Pokemon Duel more. I think its the best Pokemon mobile app right now. I'd love to see some eSports for it or at least see it at a tournament.
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  3. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Pokemon Home definitely needs some more details. From what I can tell, Pokemon Home allows you to transfer Pokemon one-way from PokeBank, Pokemon GO and Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu to Pokemon Home but you can both send and receive Pokemon to and from Pokemon Sword and Shield with Pokemon Home.

    In other words, it sounds like a separate PokeBank-like app for the Nintendo Switch, meaning that Pokemon Home will likely require a separate subscription. As for why you might want to have keep your PokeBank subscription, it sounds like you won't be able to transfer Pokemon from the DS and 3DS family to the Pokemon Switch games without having both.

    As for why it might only be one-way from PokeBank, the only idea that comes to mind is that Pokemon Sword and Shield change the formula in such a significant way that older generation Pokemon need to first be changed via transfer to Pokemon Home before they can be sent to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

    Welp, at least this confirms that we'll be able to keep transferring our Pokemon to the new generations as they come out, just means that PokeBank subscriptions costs have essentially doubled (if not more because of Pokemon Home's trade functionality). But again, we need more details before we come make any concrete conclusions, perhaps we'll get them during next week's Pokemon Direct.

    Edit: Here's the image for people who didn't see it:
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  4. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    We sort of already got a Pokemon game based on sleep (sort of) for the 3DS. It was called Pokemon Dream Radar.
    Either way, I doubt we will, it just seems like a way for people to keep getting candies and possibly hatching eggs as they sleep in Pokemon Go.
  5. Tails The Blonde Brainiac

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    Pokemon Sleep I feel is nothing more than an optional way to earn more Candies from your Buddy, and to possibly hatch Eggs while you sleep, probably nothing more.

    Also, Pokemon Home is Pokemon Bank on top of Pokemon Bank? That's a little bit overwhelming, considering we'll now essentially be paying for Bank twice, on top of Nintendo Switch Online.

    I guess we'll get more clarification on this during the Direct. Hopefully.
  6. AshCo Payne-ful


    I think it's more of a system and a generation thing.

    In Pokemon Bank, let's say you get a certain pokemon in Sun and Moon. Even if it's a gen 1-6 Pokemon, you can't put it into an XY/ORAS game. Same goes with how you can't put a pokemon from XY back into Black and White or under. I don't think there's going to be any huge changes to the formula of Pokemon, it's just that it's par for the course with how they've done transfers for the last 5 generations.
  7. Zielo Caught 'em all.


    I think we were all hoping that Pokebank would be the endall solution to past and future transfers, but I guess that just isn't possible when it comes to Switch integration and a whole new application is needed.

    I wonder if it will be possible for Home to backtrack to older games. Will it eventually fully replace Pokebank?
  8. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    I actually love Pokemon Home as a player who plays very competitively. It lets me still use Pokemon whose moves aren't obtainable in the current game like Softboiled Clefable, Extremespeed Entei, and Power-Up Punch Kangaskhan. Also Eruption Heatran. And helps me to complete the Pokedex very easily, just hoping the new games will include the National Dex unlike the previous one. Also Ice Shard Sandslash. I just hope that they'll maximized the capacity of Pokemon there.
  9. JMT Some Broke Weeaboo


    Pokemon Exec:
    *Takes rip off of bong
    “So, uh, like, what if, we made a Pokemon game, but you literally just sleep?”
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  10. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    It won't backtrack to older games. What you have to do is transfer your Pokemon from your DS or 3DS games to PokeBank and then transfer them from PokeBank to Pokemon Home. In other words, you must own both Pokemon Home and PokeBank if you wish to continue to be able to send Pokemon from the DS and 3DS family to the Nintendo Switch.
  11. PokeDan23 Pokemon Fan Since 1999


    Was anyone else as underwhelmed as me?
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  12. Snowy Lilacs Aspiring Trainer
    Snowy Lilacs


    eeyup I know I am. 1. Just give us Pokemon Snap 2 already and 2. Why can't we get a Pokemon Center here in the states?
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  13. Snowy Lilacs Aspiring Trainer
    Snowy Lilacs


    Gee I wonder how much that will cost?
  14. PokeMedic Don't talk to me or my Pokemon ever again

    Articles Staff Activities Staff Member

    Press A

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  15. avensis Aspiring Trainer


    I find it nice to revive old characters that we do not see

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  16. Leaf_Ranger Knight of Nature and Pokémon


    Pokémon Sleep seems like that somewhat old chat about Nintendo being intered in medical devices of some sort or mixing health and games and at the time I found it very interesting to see Nintendo applying their technology. If Fujitsu can change one of their high-tech printer factory into a place to grow lettuce, why can't Nintendo expand their line of services!? In a few years, we'll have an AI robot looking like Hypno or Musharna helping people sleep! =D
    Quick search for news (...2016...): https://www.gamesindustry.biz/artic...-preps-expansion-into-medical-device-business

    As for Masters, I already like the protagonists' outfit more than the ones from Sword and Shield.

    All said, I'm glad I didn't stay awake to see this presentation.
  17. Alex Sableye Official Pokemon Connoisseur of the Unova Region
    Alex Sableye


    Ooh I'm gonna like Pokemon Sleep.
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  18. Zielo Caught 'em all.


    YEAHH not gonna lie, I got really excited when the Pokemon Center President made an appearance.
    They may be pretty cautious about opening up a location outside of Japan again though as the first one didn't do so well.

    If they did, it would probably be somewhere in California or Seattle, and my money would be on Seattle (and I hope, because that's a place I actually visit). The reason being that Seattle currently has a couple of the only Pokemon Center vending kiosks in America, in one of the malls.
    I feel like at this point in time, a Center in America would do well, now that Pokemon is relevant among the general public again, and hell maybe even more so than it was when the first fad wave hit because now all the adults are in on it too. It's not just children playing the TCG at Barne's & Noble anymore.

    I could picture it now.... an American center set with a Pikachu riding a Braviary as it's a mascot.
    Not gonna lie though, that whole Mewtwo lab theme for the new center in Tokyo looked cool as hell and I'm going to be excited to visit it on my first ever Japan trip next year!
  19. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Personally not so keen on this Pokemon x Health and Lifestyle Campaigns inetgration, but at least they had a go. Masters sounds interesting, but probably just another wasted opportunity to bring back Sabrina w/ Kadabra.
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