Why stop at playing video games while you’re awake when you can continue in your sleep? No, that’s not a sci-fi movie premise. The Pokémon Company has just revealed the newest groundbreaking way to play: Pokémon Sleep.

As the name suggests the new game will extend Pokémon GO from waking hours to sleeping. The announcement via Twitter explained, “What if you could continue training your Pokémon…even in your sleep? In 2016, Pokémon GO turned the simple act of walking into entertainment, making the entire world into a game. We’re about to do it again, Trainers—this time, for sleeping.”

The new Pokémon Sleep app uses a special device to track a user’s sleeping time and incorporate it into gameplay. The details on what that actually means are still sparse but the game, along with the new Pokémon GO Plus+, will launch in 2020.

The company also announced the release of Pokemon Home, which allows all of the Pokemon you’ve collected across the various games, including Let’s Go Pikachu, Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon GO and Pokémon Bank on the Nintendo 3DS to be stored in a cloud and accessed by whichever game you are currently playing. In other words, you could catch a Charmander in Pokémon GO and battle with him in another game.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Pokémon GO via Instagram

 

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