A brand-new Pokemon game is on the way for Pokemon fans around the world, according to a newly discovered tweet. As part of the wide-ranging Pokemon 2019 press conference event, Pokemon Masters has been announced. It’s a new mobile game developed by DeNA (which previously produced Mario Kart Tour, Super Mario Run, and other Nintendo mobile games) in partnership with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. The game is set to launch in 2019 for Android and iOS devices.
Pokemon Masters “allows you to battle alongside your favourite Pokemon Trainers from the main series RPGs.” You can check out a piece of related art below.
Dreaming of becoming a Pokémon master? This is your time!
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 29, 2019
As the official Pokémon Twitter account revealed, “Fun fact: Pokémon Masters began with a suggestion from Ken Sugimori of Game Freak, who wanted to create a game featuring all past and present Pokémon Trainers from the video games. Stay tuned for more on Pokémon Masters. We’ll share additional info as soon as we can!”
The short snippet of gameplay showed what looked like a typical mobile game mixed with the turn-based RPG mechanics of the main series. I don’t know if it will be free-to-play or a traditional paid model, but the title will be heading to the Google Play and App Stores in the 2019 calendar year. We’ll likely hear more about Masters as we inch closer to release.
The idea for Pokemon Masters came from Game Freak’s Ken Sugimori, who thought it would be fun for a Pokemon game to feature all of the past and present Pokemon Trainers from the game series.
“Pokemon Masters enables players to experience a new type of Pokemon battling on the go and features many famous Pokemon Trainers from the long history of Pokemon video games,” reads a line from the game’s official announcement. “Gameplay will be optimised for smart devices for a casual but uniquely Pokemon experience.”
The Pokémon Company is working on another mobile game in addition to Sleep, which is designed to track an individuals sleeping time to unlock new characters. It’s called Pokémon Masters, and it will give you a way to fight alongside trainers from the previous main games in the franchise, appealing to the nostalgia of long-time fans. The company has revealed the project at a press conference in Tokyo, where it has also announced its Home cloud service for monster trading between platforms and Detective Pikachu for the Nintendo Switch.
Pokemon Go, the game created by Niantic which bought the game into popularity once again is now also in partnership with The Pokémon Company, DeNA who is working on a whole new Pokémon mobile game! According to the financial report made available by DeNA, the game should be released this fiscal year, which lasts until March 2020. DeNA is hoping for significant revenues with the new mobile game. If we can believe Wall Street Journal-journalist Takashi Mochizuki’s post on Twitter, Nintendo is against charging people too much money because they are afraid it will “damage the reputation of their characters.” However, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company and DeNA are all counting on big revenues, and they will use “some smart techniques” to accomplish that.
As of now, no further details or launch dates are known about the new Pokémon mobile game. With the upcoming release of the “Pokémon Sword and Shield” titles, we can only speculate on some sort of tie in. Whether this eventual release will have an impact on Pokémon GO is also unknown as of this moment.