Battle Alongside Trainers in Pokémon Masters

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The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Masters last month as a mobile spin-off. This week we get further details on how the game plays. In Pokémon Masters you’re not really collecting Pokémon, but the trainers themselves.

Pokémon Masters takes place in a new location: the artificial island of Pasio. Famous trainers from different regions (and different Pokémon games) have come together to form special bonds with a single Pokémon as their signature ally. You’ll recognize the likes of Misty and Staryu, Red and Charizard, and Cynthia with Garchomp. These bonds are called sync pairs, and the player will be able to form their own bond with a Pokémon.

In Pasio you’ll form teams with these trainers and battle with other Pokémon Masters in 3v3 battles. Combat takes place in real time as both sides work to fill a move gauge. Trainers can also use their own moves and use healing items during battle.

Pokémon Masters is releasing later this summer on iOS and Android mobile devices.


Pokémon Home, Pokémon Sleep Coming 2020; Pokémon Direct Next Week

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At a recent press conference in Japan, The Pokémon Company announced several new projects, games, and apps. The big upcoming Pokéman game: Pokémon Sword and Shield, will be detailed in an upcoming Nintendo Direct next week on June 5.

Pokémon HOME is the next evolution of Pokémon Bank. It’s a cloud-based app where trainers can manage their collection of Pokémon throughout the modern generation of games, including Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. It’s also compatible with Pokémon Bank, allowing you to transfer Pokémon from previous generations. Pokémon can also be traded with anyone around the world through Pokémon HOME with a mobile device. HOME is launching in early 2020 on iOS, Android, and Switch.

Pokémon Sleep is the less mobile cousin of Pokémon GO. It’s a mobile app that tracks your sleeping via the embedded accelerometer from the new Pokémon GO Plus + device. The new device has the same functionality as the original, allowing you to use it to play Pokémon GO as well. Details on how all this works are scarce but the company promises “a gameplay experience unlike any other.” Pokémon Sleep will launch for mobile devices in 2020.

Pokémon Masters is a proper mobile spin-off game. It features 3v3 Pokémon battles with the biggest trainers from Pokémon history. It’s built specifically for mobile casual mobile gameplay, and is launching later this year.

A new Detective Pikachu game was also announced. This one will be a sequel to the events of the first game, which released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016. The new Detective Pikachu is being developed for the Switch. A release date has yet not been announced.

For those hoping for any information on the next big Pokémon games, you’ll have to wait until next week. A special Pokémon Direct will stream on June 5 at 6 am Pacific/9 am Eastern, and focus solely on Pokémon Sword and Shield. We expect to get an official release date, most likely in November.