New Pokémon apps announced for Switch and smart devices
29 May 2019 – by Jack Taylor
New apps, including a new Pokémon storage system and a sleep-focused app, have been unveiled by The Pokémon Company.
Several new apps and games were featured during the Pokémon 2019 Press Conference, ahead of next week's Pokémon Direct, which will focus solely on Pokémon Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch.
The apps and games to be announced were:
- Pokémon HOME - an cloud-based online storage system that will support one-way transfers for Pokémon Bank, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!, as well as two-way transfers with Pokémon Sword and Shield. The app will also support global trading, and will launch for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in early 2020.
- Pokémon Sleep - a new app that will turn "sleeping into entertainment" by tracking the amount of time the player is sleeping. A new device called the Pokémon GO Plus + will launch alongside the app in 2020, and will also function as a Pokémon GO Plus, so can be used with Pokémon GO.
- Pokémon Masters - a Pokémon battling app featuring famous faces from across the Pokémon universe. The app, developed by DeNA, will launch later this year, with more information about it to be shared in June.
- Detective Pikachu - a brand-new Detective Pikachu game is to be developed for Nintendo Switch, and will complete the open-ended story that was started by the Nintendo 3DS instalment.
- Pokémon Quest - previously released globally, Pokémon Quest will soon make its debut in China, with new social features and a player-vs-player mode.
More Pokémon news will be shared on Wednesday 5 June when the Pokémon Direct airs, sharing approximately 15 minutes of new information about Pokémon Sword and Shield.