Gotta catch ’em forty winks!
Following the success of 2016’s mobile phenomenon Pokemon Go, The Pokemon Company has revealed its plan for the next selection of titles. One of which is one that you can play when you’re not even awake.
The new game was one of several announcements made by the company at an event yesterday. Dubbed as “a preview of the future of Pokemon”, the event brought to light new developments such as an intricate cloud service for Pokemon players and several new game titles.
Not much is known about Pokemon Sleep at this point, only that players going to bed and resting will have a direct impact on the gameplay. The game will work in tandem with the Pokemon Go Plus+, a Pokeball-shaped wearable device that connects to the wearer’s cellphone by way of Bluetooth. The Plus+ works as both a pedometer and a sleep tracker via its accelerometer, while also serving as a game interface. The aim of Pokemon Sleep is to “reward good sleep habits as part of a healthy lifestyle”. Given how Pokemon Go did a great job of promoting exercise, the branding of the new game fits well. Pokemon Sleep is slated for a release sometime next year.
Another major announcement was the reveal of Pokemon Home. A cloud-based service that links up all Pokemon titles in order for you to not only manage your collection but also to trade Pokemon with our friends. Said titles include Pokemon Go, Pokemon Let’s Go, the older 3DS cloud service Pokemon Bank, and the upcoming Sword and Shield games for the Nintendo Switch. Also on the upcoming list is a sequel to the 2014 3DS spinoff game, Detective Pikachu. Intended for the Switch, the game will offer up a conclusion to the cliffhanger ending of the story of the first game. This announcement comes on the heels of the success of the spinoff’s film adaptation. Since it’s debut in cinemas on May 10 and to positive reviews, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu has achieved a worldwide gross of over $350 million, and set a record for best box office opening for a film adapted from a video game.
Mobile gamers can also look forward to a new iOS and Android game this year called Pokemon Masters. Co-developed by DeNA, the folks behind other games such as Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, Masters is an RPG-based game that will see old and beloved characters return to the franchise to battle each other. Get ready to have those nostalgic feelings!
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