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29th May 2019

The new Pokémon game will monitor your sleep, and and train your Pokémon based on your sleep pattern

Wil Jones

Gotta nap them all?

On Tuesday, the Pokémon Company announced a series of new titles, but one really stood out: Pokémon Sleep, a game that you literally play by sleeping.

Just like how Pokémon Go encouraged people to walk in order to find rare Pokémon near-by and hatch those pesky eggs, Pokémon Sleep intends to do the same for sleeping, and reward players for getting a good night’s rest.

The smartphone app apparently “tracks a user’s time sleeping and brings a gameplay experience unlike any other.”

“The concept of this game is for players to look forward to waking up every morning,” added Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company.

“Several Snorlax were consulted on this,” The Pokémon Company also confirmed, in case you were wondering.

Pokémon Sleep is set to arrive sometime in 2020.

The game will also utilise a new device confusingly titled the Pokémon Go Plus+ (yes, that is two pluses). Shaped like a flat Pokéball, the device will keep track of your Pokémon and alert you to nearby ones, as well as being a sleep monitor.

Several years ago it was reported that Nintendo was working on a health platform known as ‘Quality of Life’ that included sleep monitoring. That never came to fruition, but this looks like it could be a continuation of that concept – only with added Pikachus.

Pokémon Sleep was not the only title announced on Monday. We also found out that another Detective Pikachu game is on the way. Prior to being a Ryan Reynolds movie, Detective Pikachu was a Nintendo 3Ds adventure game. The sequel, however, will make the leap to the Switch.

Also announced was Pokémon HOME, “a cloud service that will work with Nintendo Switch and iOS and Android devices, allowing you to bring over the Pokémon that you’ve shared adventures with throughout your journey.”