The Pokémon Company announced that Pokémon Sleep is finally coming this summer. The app was first announced 4 years ago and is designed to help gamers track their sleep cycles.
Set against the background of Pokémon Sleep, the game takes place on a small island where a giant Snorlax sleeps. The player is tasked with helping Professor Neroli, a Pokémon sleep researcher. To perform the task, the player needs to leave the phone on the pillow when he goes to sleep. The app’s accelerometer measures, collects and analyzes the user’s sleep. The player’s sleep will be classified as sleepy, light sleep, or deep sleep. Those sleep cycles will attract different species of Pokemon for each sleep form.
Instead of using a phone, players can also use a separate accessory called the Pokémon Go Plus+, a small device shaped like a Pokéball. The device measures the player’s movements while they sleep, much like a phone, and collects data, which can then be transferred to the Pokémon Sleep app. The device can also play lullabies and alarm sounds. Pokémon Go Plus+ will be released on July 21.
“The idea behind Pokemon Sleep is a game that makes you want to wake up in the morning,” said Takato Utsunomiya, COO of The Pokemon Company. Pokémon Sleep was originally announced in May 2019, The Pokémon Company promises that the game will “turn sleep into entertainment” by allowing the time players fall asleep and the time they wake up to affect how they sleep.