Pokémon Go was designed to reward players for getting outside and walking. On the flipside, Pokémon Sleep rewards players for… sleeping.
The Pokémon Company announced a number of new products in a recent press event in Tokyo. New games have been teased (a long overdue sequel to Detective Pikachu and Pokémon: Sword and Shield for Switch), a cloud based product called ‘Pokémon Home’, which allows players to collect all of their Pokémon from various platforms in one place, and a sleep tracker.
As unlikely as it may seem ‘Pokémon Sleep’ is the news item that’s caught the imagination of fans and media outlets alike.
The app based sleep tracker will utilise a new wearable called the Pokémon GO Plus +. Similar to the existing Pokémon GO Plus the device will link to your phone via Bluetooth and can be used to catch Pokémon during the day.
Where the Plus + differs is that it will also track your sleeping patterns overnight. Utilising this data players will be rewarded for good sleeping habits. How exactly is still to be revealed.
It’s safe to say that people like me, who find sleeping a necessary burden (I could achieve so much more if I didn’t have to sleep), won’t get a great deal out of this innovation. But those who love a solid eight hours a night might suddenly find themselves rewarded with new Pokémon or bonuses in ‘Pokémon GO’.
To celebrate the announcement, special snoozing Snorlax have been found to capture in ‘Pokémon GO’. ‘Pokémon Sleep’ will debut in 2020.