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Pokemon Home is set to release February 2020

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Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have revealed the new cloud-based service app Pokemon Home (opens in new tab) is set to release February 2020. The news was unveiled alongside the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass (opens in new tab), that will introduce two new adventures to the world of Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) later in the year, as well as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX (opens in new tab). The direct also confirmed that Pokemon Home will be a paid service in the small print shown, but we don't yet know what the price will be. 

The Pokemon Home app was first revealed during the Pokemon Conference in Tokyo last year, where it was slated for an early 2020 release date. As a cloud-based service, the Home app lets you manage your  Pokemon collection across Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Go (opens in new tab), Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee, Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu, and Pokemon Bank.

The app will be available on smartphone devices and on Switch. Essentially Pokemon Home is an evolved form of Pokemon Bank, and while it is compatible with the former, you'll likely only be able to trade Pokemon to Sword and Shield that appear in its Galarian Pokedex. 

The Expansion Pass will add some new Pokemon (opens in new tab), including familiar Pokemon from previous generations. Free updates are set to go live the same day as each expansion releases that will enable trainers - including those who don't buy the Expansion Pass -  to trade the new Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield via the Pokemon Home app. It'll be exciting to see which faces from the older generations join the adventures. 

In other news, you can play a demo of the upcoming Isle of Armor expansion to Pokemon Sword and Shield right now and get a Galarian Slowpoke (opens in new tab)

Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.