- 2024 is set to be a massive year for Pokemon fans with new game announcements and releases, big tournaments, and continued support for ongoing games like Pokemon GO and Pokemon Masters EX.
- Pokemon Day 2024, happening on February 27, is likely to bring announcements of new games, including Johto and Unova remakes or brand-new titles. There is also a possibility of a Pokemon Legends: Arceus sequel or another game in the same style.
- The Pokemon World Championships 2024 will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will feature various competitive games from the franchise, including VGC, TCG, and Pokemon GO. Fans can also expect more in-game events, bonuses, and exclusive content for games like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Pokemon GO, Pokemon Sleep, Pokemon Unite, and Pokemon Masters EX throughout the year.
As one of the biggest franchises in the world, Pokemon has many projects in the works or currently active that are supposed to get some attention this year, especially considering the multimedia nature of the series. With new Pokemon games likely being announced, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet getting even more content, big tournaments happening, more spin-off games getting continued support, and then both the anime and the trading card game enjoying new releases, 2024 is going to be a massive year for all fans.
What to Expect From Pokemon Scarlet and Violet in 2024
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s The Indigo Disk is capping off the Gen 9 story soon, and 2024 is going to be another big year for the games.
Every Confirmed and Unconfirmed Plan For The Pokemon Franchise in 2024
New Games Announced on Pokemon Day 2024
One of the most likely outcomes for Pokemon Day 2024, which is set to happen on February 27, is that new games will be announced and revealed. The leading theory is that Pokemon will deliver both Johto and Unova games next, possibly as remakes or brand-new titles that explore these regions in the past and future, respectively, based on the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Paradox Pokemon. These include Paradox versions of the Legendary Beasts (Suicune, Raikou, and Entei) for Johto and the Swords of Justice (Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion).
Another possible option is for Pokemon Gen 5 remakes to be revealed, as they are next in line after Gen 4. This could also be a good way to bring to the Switch some Pokemon that have never been featured in any post-3DS game. Finally, there is the option of a Pokemon Legends: Arceus half-sequel or simply another game in the same style, making it a series. This title could take place in Unova or Johto to give those two specific regions some extra love, but any other region in the franchise would be a good pick. There is also a chance that games like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon get a new entry, but so far nothing has indicated otherwise.
2024 Pokemon World Championships and More VGC Content
The 2024 Pokemon World Championships will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The exact dates for this event have not been officially announced yet, but The Pokemon Company has a history of holding it between the second and the third week of August, which would mean any time between August 5 and August 18, 2024. The Pokemon World Championships typically comprise all the various competitive games from the franchise, encompassing VGC, TCG, and Pokemon GO. For VGC specifically, there will be several regionals and big tournaments leading to Worlds 2024, starting with the Portland regional on January 6 and 7.
The Pokemon Video Game Championships, or VGC, is a term that refers to the official multiplayer competitive scene.
Both in-person competitions and online competitions are available. The Pokemon Video Game Championships are part of the Play! Pokémon program.
- trading card game
- Online Multiplayer , Local Multiplayer
2024 Epilogue for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and More Gen 9 Support
Currently, there is an epilogue planned for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet on January 11, which will seemingly wrap up the storyline of both DLCs – The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk. Based on datamines and leaks, the epilogue is likely to provide players with a chance to catch Gen 9’s Mythical Pokemon, seemingly called Pecharunt. The epilogue is also said to feature around 1 hour’s worth of content, between story beats, battles, and the chance to catch Pecharunt.
2024 is also likely to feature more Tera Raid events for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, possibly as soon as next week. On January 7, the Walking Wake and Iron Leaves Raids will end their third run, and it’s likely that new ones will take their place on January 11 or shortly thereafter. Additional Gen 9 support could also come in the form of more Mass Outbreaks or even additional DLCs, although the latter is quite unlikely.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet are the upcoming main series Pokemon games. These two versions will be the arrival of Generation IX.
- November 18, 2022
- E For Everyone Due To Mild Fantasy Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 31½ Hours
Support for Ongoing Games in 2024
Just like Gen 9 is getting more support in 2024, so are other Pokemon games. This includes:
- Pokemon GO
- Pokemon Sleep
- Pokemon Unite
- Pokemon Masters EX
This continued support will likely include multiple in-game events, bonuses, and exclusive content for players to engage with. For example, Pokemon GO fans can catch Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus in January 2024. Similarly, Pokemon Unite is introducing Magikarp (and Gyarados) shortly. Pokemon Masters EX currently has a Super Spotlight Seasonal Scout event going until January 19 where players can get multiple 5-star pairs, whereas Pokemon Sleep has a New Year event rolling until January 7, providing various bonuses for those who participate. Overall, fans can look forward to a plethora of announcements for these games in the coming weeks.
After a test run via an April Fools’ joke on Google Maps, Pokemon GO was released to the public in the summer of 2016. The AR mobile app saw unparalleled success and continues to be one of the largest mobile games in the world, pulling in billions for developer Niantic.
- July 6, 2016
- Augmented Reality
- Online Multiplayer
Pokemon Trading Card Game in 2024
Another big part of the franchise is the tabletop Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG for short), where players can collect a variety of pocket monsters from booster packs, booster boxes, tin boxes, and the likes in order to build fun and competitive decks. There are various releases planned for Pokemon TCG in 2024, although only two of them have an official name at the moment. These include:
- Paldean Fates, to be released on January 26
- Temporal Forces, to be released on March 22
- An unnamed May 2024 release
- An unnamed August 2024 release
- An unnamed November 2024 release
Paldean Fates is likely to become one of the most sought-after sets due to it including several shiny Pokemon from the series, as well as quite powerful cards for those interested in the battling side more than the collecting aspect of the game. Other releases are probably getting release dates in the coming weeks.
Pokemon TCG (Trading Card Game) is a collectible and strategy based card game based on Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise. Two players face off against one another, battling one Pokemon at a time and attempting to knock them out to claim one of six prize cards. The cards have also become highly collectible with some in particular selling for thousands of dollars.
- Original Release Date
- October 20, 1996
Pokemon Animation in 2024
Last but not least is the Pokemon anime, with the original Gen 9 series still ongoing in Japan. However, fans can now expect Pokemon Horizons – The Series to be released on Netflix on February 23, 2024, following the story of Liko and Roy and their Pokemon companions Sprigatito and Fuecoco. It is also in the realm of possibilities that a new Pokemon movie will be released, following in the wake of the 2020 release by the name of Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle. This remains speculation for the time being, but it would make sense based on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s release.
Pokemon is a franchise that needs no introduction. One of the most successful media empires in history, Pokemon spans games, television, films, manga, merchandise, music, and more.
- Created by
- Satoshi Tajiri