The next wave of Pokemon has been announced

Better have Psyduck.

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Game Freak and the Pokemon Company have announced the next two new Pokemon games. Which is great because I could use the boost in traffic from liking a Pokemon game too much (I still get comments that are not fit for public consumption on my review of Pokemon Violet and Scarlet).

The first of these is a full-scale Pokemon adventure, set in Lumiose City: Pokemon Legends, Z-A.

As per the teaser trailer description: “A new adventure awaits within Lumiose City, where an urban redevelopment plan is underway to shape the city into a place that belongs to both people and Pokemon. Please look forward to seeing it for yourself.​​”

It’s neat that they’ve gone from the massive scale of an entire open world to the narrow confines of a city with this one. I’m very much interested in learning more, and it lands in 2025.

The other game is Pokemon Trading Card Game Pocket, for iOS and Android. Developed by Creatures and DeNA, the game will let you play the wildly popular TCG on the go when it launches later this year. It does seem to be generous in its free-to-play systems, as you’ll get two booster packs of cards per day for free. And it looks like they’ve put a lot of effort into the presentation, as players will be able to collect cards with the original art work as well as the more modern designs.

I’m a lapsed player of the card game. Having it on my phone for those train trips might just be the ticket to get me back into it.

I still wish for a console-like Pokemon TCG, with a story. A modern interpretation of that Game Boy Color classic, in other words. But in the meantime, I guess this’ll do, and I guess I have Shadowverse for the story mode TCG.

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Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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