The Pokémon Company announced the new Pokémon Trading Card Game Live for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. This is a new free-to-play app experience where players can battle other trainers all across the world.
The game will use the official Pokémon Trading Card game rules, and players can pick up wherever they left off last on any supported device, be it mobile or desktop. A variety of modes will be available, including ranked and casual, as well as online matchmaking.
When starting the game, players will get eight playable decks at no extra cost, as well as a beginner’s starter deck. Players can add new cards to their decks by redeeming codes included in physical booster packs or by earning digital booster packs within the game. At launch, Pokémon Trading Card Game Live will have the Standard format, but the Expanded format will come at a later time. Expanded format will allow players to collect cards from the Sword & Shield, Sun & Moon, XY, and Black & White series.
The game will also have a Battle Pass and completing daily quests will provide players with XP, progression, and other rewards like in-game cosmetics and booster packs.
Pokémon Trading Card Game Live will soft launch in Canada on mobile devices later this year, along with a global open beta for PC and Mac. Of course, there was no mention of the game coming to the Nintendo Switch.