TOKYO – The Pokémon Company has announced the launch of a new game for mobile phones and a sequel to “Detective Pikachu” for Switch consoles.
Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of the company, told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday that the new “Pokémon Masters” game will be made available for Apple and Android systems and will allow players to engage in combat with the most iconic characters from the franchise.
It has been created in partnership with developer Game Freak, DeNa, a mobile app and game developer, and software developer Niantic.
The app to support the game will be developed by DeNA, after a previously successful partnership to create “Mitomo,” an app that sits halfway between social media networks and messaging service.
The Pokémon Company, which is owned by gaming and electronics giant Nintendo, also announced the creation of “Pokémon Sleep” – a game that tracks user’s sleep patterns to be launched in 2020.
“Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, affect the gameplay,” Ishihara said.
In order to register this activity a new piece of hardware, Pokémon GO Plus, created by Nintendo will also be released.
The device is based on the device used for “Pokémon GO.”
Users who own the first generation device will be able to use it for the new game.
Ishihara also said that a sequel to “Detective Pikachu” for Switch consoles would launch.
“The release of the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” movie has left fans wanting more of the famous Pokémon sleuth,” he added.
“The original Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS ended on a cliffhanger and this upcoming game will be a conclusion to that story.”
New “Sword” and “Shield” games were also announced.
The company behind the globally acclaimed Pokémon brand said a new cloud service that will allow trainers to store all their information had been created.
The service was described by Nintendo as “a new cloud service app that enables them to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games.”