The Pokémon Company announced that it will be hosting the Pokémon 2019 Press Conference from Tokyo, Japan today, Tuesday, May 28, focusing on providing news on several different topics that the company indicated would be of interest to fans. Those looking for more information on the next installments of the flagship series, Pokémon Sword & Shield will likely need to wait until next week's Pokémon Direct, which was also announced yesterday and will take place on June 5.
During last year’s Pokémon press conference, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for Nintendo Switch were announced, which reimagined the magic of Pokémon Yellow and brought the series to home consoles for the first time. Pokémon GO, one of the most successful mobile games ever, and Pokémon Quest, a blocky, action RPG for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, were also announced during past Pokémon press conferences. With an important main series entry in the works, coming to a console for the first time ever, anticipation couldn't be higher for what the Pokémon Company has in store for the franchise for the rest of 2019.
Luckily, fans won't need to wait too long to find out. The Pokémon 2019 Press Conference can be seen live tonight at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT directly from Pokémon’s website or on its Twitch channel. The Pokémon Company also plans for a special Pokémon direct covering information on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on June 5 at 9 a.m. ET/ 6 a.m. PT. The latter was announced via the Nintendo of America Twitter account, and promised around fifteen minutes of brand new content for the upcoming mainline games:
Tune in on June 5 at 6 a.m. PT for roughly 15 minutes of new information on #PokemonSwordShield for #NintendoSwitch in a livestreamed Pokémon Direct presentation.https://t.co/d1Xx3bDbhq pic.twitter.com/sNypwrc09d— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 27, 2019
Pokémon Go Fest 2019 is only a few weeks away as Chicago will once again welcome thousands of Pokémon Go to catch as many as they can from June 13-16. Pokémon Rumble Rush, an upcoming mobile brawler, was announced less than two weeks ago with a tentative “soon” marked as a release date. A special Pokémon press conference would seem like a good time to reveal rewards for Pokémon Go Fest or set a more concrete release date for Pokémon Rumble Rush, even if that date is immediately after the press conference.
As for Pokemon Sword & Shield, it's hard to guess exactly what Nintendo will have in store, but more starter information, a nod to the leaked armored evolutions mechanic, or a further explanation of the game's setting and story all seem likely. It's an exciting time for fans of the Pokémon franchise, who will be receiving a lot of new information in the short span of about a week. Nintendo will also have a presence at E3 2019, so it will be interesting to see just how much information is released and whether or not there are some teasers left to entice fans to check out the company's conference during E3.