On Monday, the Pokémon Company officially announced a new free-to-play digital version of their trading card game set to be released on Android, iOS, Mac and PC.
Updated format: The new game called “Pokémon Trading Card Game Live” will allow its players to collect cards and battle with other people online in an updated format, the company said in its announcement, ComicBook reported.
- “Pokémon Trading Card Game Live” will cater to those who prefer to play a more relaxed game with the “Casual Play” mode and the more serious ones with the “Ranked Play” mode. Collectors may also redeem the codes they find through physical “Pokémon” card booster packs to add to their digital collection.
- The game will also come with a “Battle Pass” that will reward players with in-game cosmetics and booster packs as they level up. Aside from coins, which can be exchanged for other goods in the game, it will also allow players to earn “Crystals” that can be used to purchase promo cards, special bundles and a “Premium Pass.”
- “Pokémon TCG Live” will go hand in hand with the tabletop version that fans know and love,” Barry Sams, the Pokémon Company’s vice president who is in charge of the upcoming game said, Polygon reported. The new title “welcomes a new era of digital play where Trainers around the world can play together regardless of their preferred platform,” he added.
- “Pokémon Trading Card Game Live” is set to replace the old version the company released in 2011, which only runs on web browsers and tablets, Kotaku reported.
When is the release: Although there is no official word yet on the game’s release date, a soft launch is set to take place in Canada later this year for mobile device users. The company also announced a global open beta for Mac and Windows users through their website will be available later this year.
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