Mobile-based Pokémon Home to connect your Pokemon across devices
As part of the Pokémon business strategy presentation, Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda revealed Pokémon Home, a smartphone app that will connect players’ Pokémon across devices and games.
Masuda-san spoke about how players have been transferring Pokémon from the Game Boy Advance titles, right through to the Nintendo 3DS games. Following this, he announced Pokémon Home, a cloud-based service that will allow you to connect with other players, in addition to managing your Pokémon collection from a single device.
Scant few details were shown about how exactly the service will operate, but an image shown during the presentation confirmed that Home will work between Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Go, and the Nintendo Switch titles Let’s Go plus the upcoming Sword and Shield.
Pokémon Home will launch in early 2020, allowing you to transfer and trade Pokémon from your mobile devices from the one place.
The image seems to confirm that only Pokémon Sword and Shield will be able to receive Pokémon from Pokémon Home.
The rest will just be able to upload to the online storage and whatever else it does.
Hmm I wonder how complex the app may be? Aside from the potential for minigames and such (something across between Poetween Poke-Pelago and the Pokemon Global Link/Dream World features from the Black and White era would be like a dream come true), I’m wondering if I’ll need to finally upgrade my 6 year old phone to avoid the app crashing in the middle of transfers and the like. Maybe they’ll be considerate enough to make the features available on PC too, or even *gasp* on the Switch console itself. I don’t use my phone a whole lot and investing in a new one to get the transfer functionality is way more prohibitive than people liked to make out the nominal fee for Bank was.