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The Pokemon Company announces new app: Pokemon TCG Live

Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled Pokémon TCG Live, a new app that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game in an updated digital format. The new app marks the first time that Trainers can engage in Pokémon TCG gameplay on smartphones, in addition to tablets and desktops, and reflects new innovations to the beloved Pokémon TCG franchise during the brand’s 25th anniversary year. 

“As we look back on 25 wonderful years of Pokémon, we are once again reminded of how the Pokémon Trading Card Game has always been a strong pillar of the franchise and beloved by young and veteran Trainers alike. Pokémon TCG Live will go hand in hand with the tabletop version that fans know and love, and welcomes a new era of digital play where Trainers around the world can play together regardless of their preferred platform.”

Barry Sams, vice president of the Pokémon TCG at The Pokémon Company International.

Pokémon TCG Live will be coming soon to supported iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs via Pokemon.com. Trainers looking to preview the game prior to broad availability will be able to participate in the mobile soft launch in Canada and the global open beta for PCs and Macs later this year.

Source: The Pokemon Company

5 comments

  1. Nessa is incredibly popular, both as a Gym Leader and as a model. Many people even think the Gym Leader Nessa and the model Nessa are two different people, since she shows a completely different attitude in each role. She had the misfortune of being defeated in the first match of the Finals, and those who knew of her indomitable nature worried that this would impact her work as a model. Despite her loss, she was still able to give her fans a perfect smile.

  2. I hope its like Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links in that you can get plenty of cards without playing hundreds of dollars. If they have that kind of model, I’ll play it. And of course I’ll support the game by buying cards with my real hard earned money to show support just like I did with Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (I probably spent about $120~$140 on Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links altogether).

    Its a shame more card games aren’t like this. Magic the Gathering Arena is a very slow progressing game that I refuse to support. You literally need to shell out tons of money to eventually build a good deck and I for one don’t have hundreds of dollars to throw away on a single game like that every year. If this new Pokemon TCG is like this model then I have zero interest in it and won’t spend my hard earned money to support it either.

    1. Personally I’m happy more card games aren’t like Duel Links. I don’t support the idea of having to constantly pay money just to get new cards in a digital game. Look at great games like the yugioh World Championship & Tag Force games where all the cards can be bought from the card shop using in game credits only. The problem with modern yugioh is that there’s a constant meta change so you either have to adapt or you won’t stand a chance. Although Yugioh Legacy of the Duelist/Link Evolution absolutely sucks, all the cards can still be bought with in game credits and there’s no microtransactions.

      Now Magic the Gathering is a different problem altogether. Out of the 2 games that have up to date cards, Magic the Gathering Online has all the cards, but you have to pay real money for all of them and has old graphics, which sucks. Magic Arena has good graphics but only uses the cards in seasonal rotations, so older cards are all left behind, which also sucks. Magic needs a game like yugioh’s world championship games were all the cards can be played and bought through in-game progress.

      Card games shouldn’t have a model where either you have to grind just to get so little in game currency or just spend money on it, or get left behind by players who can spend money to the best stuff instantly. It’s a terrible model. With the pokemon tcg, there’s only 898 pokemon and each pokemon has numerous copies and versions from every expansion/set. So of the 9,000+ pokemon cards, most are just different versions of the same pokemon and/or aren’t allowed in newer formats, which is limiting. Compared to yugioh’s 10,000+ and magic’s 20,000+ cards, that’s pretty weak. What they need to do is make cards from all expansions and formats available to players through progress instead of money.

      1. That’s the dream game. Unfortunately its an old model that went the way of the dinosaur about 3~4 years ago. If the game turns out like the kind of game you described I’d jump for joy. Problem is this will likely be available on Android and IOS, so a $40~$60 game with no extra charge is a pipe dream.

        Again I’d love it if that’s what we were getting, but if its like Duel Links, at least you can earn the currency needed to buy packs at a somewhat decent rate playing the game for free. Funny enough Magic is my favorite TCG out there, but Magic Arena’s snail pace card unlock system makes me not want to support the game with my hard earned money. If you play Duel Links for a week (off and on between work sleep and other responsibilities) you can earn 20~30 packs just leveling up characters and participating in events by Auto Dueling (game plays for you). MTG Arena you’re lucky to get a few packs and there is no auto dueling feature to make farming easier.

  3. Hearthstone exists, and is infinitely better than this, so this has no reason to exist. Especially because I am almost positive that an online Pokemon TCG has already been a thing for many years, unless that was a Mandela effect or something.

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