Today, the Pokemon Company International has officially revealed Pokemon Trading Card Game Live! A short gameplay teaser trailer was released alongside the reveal of the new client, which releases later this year for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android–including official support for mobile phones. The all-new client is not developed by PTCGO’s developer, Dire Wolf Digital, but is being developed in house by the Pokemon Company International.
A few things to note about PTCGL:
- The cards in your PTCGO collection will transfer over, to a degree. You’ll be limited to just 4 copies of most cards, 1 copy of cards like ACE SPECs, Prism Star cards, and individual pieces of Pokémon V-UNION, and up to 59 copies of each Basic Energy card. Cards released prior to Black & White will not be transferred. Cards in excess of these quantities will not be transferred and will not be converted to Credits during the switch from PTCGO to PTCGL (source).
- Avatars and avatar-related items will not transfer to PTCGL.
- Deck cosmetic items that are not associated with a product or promotion from Black & White or later will not transfer to PTCGL.
- The game will only support Sun & Moon–Lost Thunder onward at launch, with only Standard format supported initially. Official support for the Expanded format will come in a future update.
- It is not possible to trade with other players in PTCGL. Instead, you unlock cards in game and ‘extra’ copies of cards are converted into Credits, one of the game’s three currencies, that can be redeemed for single cards to add to your collection.
- Coins are used for cosmetic items like apparel and emotes for a player’s avatar, deck boxes, and card sleeves.
- Crystals, the third currency, can be used to earn booster packs, promo cards, and special in-game bundles. Crystals can also be used to upgrade your Battle Pass experience to the Premium Pass or Premium Pass +. These upgraded battle pass experiences grant you additional rewards as you progress through the Battle Pass ladders.
- Players can play daily quests to level up their Battle Pass and unlock new rewards. Two new quests will be available to players each day that will reward players with experience, progression, and quest rewards. Progressing in the Battle Pass Ladders will unlock cosmetics, booster packs, and other items.
- Players will be given eight free preconstructed decks to begin their experience in PTCGL.
- Both ranked and casual play are supported in the client and players will be pitted against players of similar skill in online matches.
- Players will be able to customize their avatars in a number of ways including skin tone, hair color and style, and eye color. Players will also be able to change their avatar’s clothing and accessories.
- Player’s friend lists will not transfer from PTCGO to PTCGL and PTCGL will have no in-game chat feature.
- User-created decks will not transfer to PTCGL. You can move over your decks by exporting your lists from PTCGO and reimporting them into PTCGL. PTCGO currencies will also not transfer to PTCGL.
- An official site has been launched for PTCGL. There is also an official support page on Pokemon’s website.
- No official launch date has been set for PTCGL–PTCGL is “coming soon”. A mobile soft launch will be available in Canada at some point in the future and the desktop client will be part of a worldwide open beta.
With the announcement of PTCGL also comes the announcement of the sunsetting of PTCGO. TPCI have published an official FAQ concerning what will and won’t transfer to the new client. The text of that FAQ is also available below.
When will the Pokémon TCG Online be sunsetted?
The Pokémon TCG Online app will be removed from the App Store, Google Play, and Pokemon.com—and game servers will be shut down—shortly prior to the launch of Pokémon TCG Live, which will be coming soon to Trainers around the world on iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs. We’ll have more details to share on exact timing soon.
The Pokémon TCG Online will remain active during the testing period for Pokémon TCG Live. Players will be able to participate in the Pokémon TCG Live mobile soft launch in Canada, as well as the global open beta for PCs and Macs, later this year.
Will I still be able to play the Pokémon TCG Online before the sunset date?
Fans will continue to have full access to the Pokémon TCG Online until the app is removed from the App Store, Google Play, and Pokemon.com. We’ll have more details to share on exact timing soon.
How do I transfer my Pokémon TCG Online account to Pokémon TCG Live?
The Pokémon TCG Online and Pokémon TCG Live both use the same Pokémon Trainer Club account service for log-in. When logging into Pokémon TCG Live for the first time, any Pokémon TCG Online collection data associated with that Pokémon Trainer Club account will be automatically transferred to Pokémon TCG Live. During the mobile and PC/Mac testing period, players who migrate their Pokémon TCG Online data to Pokémon TCG Live will no longer be able to log in to the Pokémon TCG Online. We’ll provide more details on this process in the future.
Is everything from my Pokémon TCG Online account transferable? What about my cards?
Players will be able to transfer the following content from their Pokémon TCG Online account to Pokémon TCG Live:
Cards: Pokémon TCG cards from the Sword & Shield Series, as well as select Sun & Moon Series expansions (from Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder through Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse) are transferrable and playable in Pokémon TCG Live at launch. Cards from other Sun & Moon Series expansions—from Sun & Moon through Dragon Majesty—as well as the XY Series and the Black & White Series are transferrable at launch but will not be playable until future Pokémon TCG Live game updates. Players will be able to transfer up to four copies of a unique Pokémon TCG card, one copy of an ACE SPEC or Prism Star card, one copy of each part of a Pokémon V-UNION card, and 59 copies of a basic Energy card. Additional copies beyond these limits will not be transferred.
Accessories: Many coins, card sleeves, and deck boxes are transferrable, with a maximum of one copy per item. Additional copies of coins, card sleeves, and deck boxes will not be transferred.
Pokémon TCG Online players will NOT be able to transfer the following content to Pokémon TCG Live:
Pokémon TCG cards from the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series
Unopened products and bundles
Certain coins, card sleeves, and deck boxes
Saved deck lists (While deck lists do not automatically transfer, players can export the text of their deck lists and save it locally, and then copy that text into the Deck Editor in Pokémon TCG Live; however, please note that this process must be completed before players begin migrating from the Pokémon TCG Online to Pokémon TCG Live.)
While unopened products and bundles are not transferrable, players will receive a number of Crystals in Pokémon TCG Live that is proportionate to the number of their unopened items. Crystals can be redeemed for booster packs, promo cards, and special bundles in the Pokémon TCG Live in-game shop.
1 to 9 unopened items in the Pokémon TCG Online = 250 Crystals awarded in Pokémon TCG Live
10 to 24 unopened items = 550 Crystals
25 to 49 unopened items = 1,125 Crystals
50 to 124 unopened items = 2,350 Crystals
125+ unopened items = 6,200 Crystals
During the mobile and PC/Mac testing period, players who do not want to have their unopened products and bundles converted to Crystals should open those items in the Pokémon TCG Online before logging in to Pokémon TCG Live for the first time.
What about special expansions like Detective Pikachu and Celebrations?
Pokémon TCG cards from the Detective Pikachu expansion are transferrable and playable in Pokémon TCG Live at launch. The Celebrations expansion is also transferrable and playable at launch, with the exception of cards from the Classic Collection within the Celebrations expansion, which are transferrable at launch but will not be playable until future Pokémon TCG Live game updates.
What about cards from the McDonald’s Happy Meal promotion?
Pokémon TCG cards from the McDonald’s Happy Meal promotion are not transferrable to Pokémon TCG Live, as they are not available in the Pokémon TCG Online.
Will the Pokémon TCG Online code cards that are included in physical Pokémon TCG products work in Pokémon TCG Live?
Pokémon TCG Online code cards in Pokémon TCG products will be compatible with Pokémon TCG Live, although code cards from some products may unlock different items in Pokémon TCG Live than they do in the Pokémon TCG Online.
Why did you decide to sunset the Pokémon TCG Online and develop Pokémon TCG Live?
We’re always working to innovate the Pokémon TCG and provide the best possible experience for fans who want more ways to play outside of the tabletop version of the game. As the Pokémon TCG Online launched over 10 years ago, Pokémon TCG Live not only provides an opportunity to update the game and underlying technology, but engage more fans by offering an easily accessible app on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. Pokémon TCG Live also comes with a suite of improvements, including a new card logic engine that provides more player feedback around gameplay events, as well as a Ranked Ladder, Battle Pass, duplicate card protection with Credits, 3D avatars, updated visual effects, and more fluid gameplay.
Why are you sunsetting the Pokémon TCG Online before the launch of Pokémon TCG Live?
The Pokémon TCG Online will be sunsetted prior to the launch of Pokémon TCG Live so that saved content in players’ Pokémon TCG Online accounts can be migrated to Pokémon TCG Live, helping to ensure a more seamless transition for players. This also provides a more optimal experience by merging all fans into one app, offering a greater pool of people to digitally play the Pokémon TCG.
Why did you decide to discontinue working with Dire Wolf Digital on Pokémon TCG Live?
Dire Wolf Digital, the developer of the Pokémon TCG Online, has been an incredible and reliable partner in helping us deliver a digital Pokémon TCG experience to Trainers, and they will continue to support the code cards found in Pokémon TCG products. We’re always working to innovate the Pokémon TCG, and with the Pokémon TCG Online app launching over 10 years ago, it made sense to update the game and bring that work in-house to help ensure a seamless and holistic Pokémon TCG ecosystem for fans.
The text below comes directly from the official press release.
Bellevue, Wash.—Sept. 20, 2021—Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled Pokémon TCG Live, a new app that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game in an updated digital format. Releasing as a free-to-play game, Pokémon TCG Live also marks the first time that the Pokémon TCG will be playable on smartphones, in addition to tablets, PCs, and Macs.
The announcement comes as The Pokémon Company International continues its yearlong celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary by engaging fans with innovative Pokémon experiences and products.
“As we look back on 25 wonderful years of Pokémon, we are once again reminded of how the Pokémon Trading Card Game has always been a strong pillar of the franchise and beloved by young and veteran Trainers alike,” said Barry Sams, vice president of the Pokémon TCG at The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon TCG Live will go hand in hand with the tabletop version that fans know and love, and welcomes a new era of digital play where Trainers around the world can play together regardless of their preferred platform.”
Pokémon TCG Live is designed to be easy for beginners to learn how to play the game, while offering fresh challenges for existing players to improve and test their skills. Players will be able to enjoy some of their favorite Pokémon TCG activities, including building decks and battling other Trainers around the world. They will also be able to tailor their experience with customizable avatars and Pokémon TCG accessories, participate in daily quests, and more. In addition, Pokémon TCG Live will continue to be updated with new content and features following launch.
Pokémon TCG Live will be coming soon to supported iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs via Pokemon.com. Trainers looking to preview the game prior to broad availability will be able to participate in the mobile soft launch in Canada and the global open beta for PCs and Macs later this year.
For more information about Pokémon TCG Live, please visit Pokemon.com/TCGL.