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Here’s everything you need to know about the new Pokémon Sleep game

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Pokémon Sleep game
[Image: courtesy of The Pokémon Company]

In 2016, the Pokémon Company revolutionized the mobile gaming world by launching Pokémon Go. Go essentially turned walking into a game, forcing players out into the real world if they wanted to catch augmented reality Pokémon critters.

Now the Pokémon Company has announced a new game set to debut in 2020 that will take another aspect of real life and gamify it: Yes, I’m talking about sleeping. Here’s what we know:

  • The game, called Pokémon Sleep, is currently in development and will launch sometime in 2020.
  • It’s not clear what the gameplay will be like exactly, however, information about how long the player slept and when they wake up will effect the gameplay.
  • The game’s official description reads: “Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay.”
  • Announcing the game at an event in Tokyo, Tsunekazu Ishihara, chief executive of the Pokémon Company, said: “We want to turn sleep into entertainment.”
  • Announcing the game, the exec joked, “Several Snorlax were consulted on this.” If you get the joke, then you’re obviously in the game’s target market.
  • The game will be used with a new hardware peripheral called the Pokémon Go Plus + (pronounced “plus plus”). Users will put the device next to their pillow at night.
  • The Pokémon Go Plus + will feature an accelerometer that can track your sleep patterns and beam that data to the Pokémon Sleep game on your phone via Bluetooth.
  • Essentially, the Pokémon Go Plus + is an updated version of the Pokémon Go Plus with added sleep tracking abilities (hence the additional “+”).

And that’s as much as the Pokémon Company is revealing about Pokémon Sleep right now. They say that more news about Sleep‘s actual gameplay will be coming in the future.

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