Pokémon Let’s Go’s Battles and Trading Will Require an Online Subscription

A statement issued to Eurogamer confirms that Pokémon Let’s Go titles will require a paid online subscription to use most key features.

on June 6, 2018 10:49 AM

Today Eurogamer reported that a Pokémon Company spokesperson has confirmed in a statement to them that the upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee titles will require a paid Online subscription. The titles were announced for Nintendo Switch last month as we reported.

“Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will have online play functionality. Battling and trading with other players over the internet or locally will be available in these games,”

“An active membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, will be required to access these features.”

The spokesperson also said,

“However, the feature set will be somewhat simplified in comparison to previous games in that there is no GTS, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.) for example. Further details will be revealed at a later date.”

The Nintendo Switch is going to be the first Nintendo console that offers a paid subscription plan. We already know that the Nintendo Switch Online services are going to go live this September, and we learned more about the upcoming subscriptions and details.

The Pokémon Let’s Go titles will allow players to use a new device called a Poké Ball Plus that can either be used with the game or be used out and about as a way to catch Pokémon in the Pokémon GO app. Pokémon caught in the real world can be transferred to the Pokémon Let’s Go titles.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are due to arrive onto Nintendo Switch on the 16th of November 2018.

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Ben Bayliss is a UK based staff writer for DualShockers. He spent over ten years doing media production related projects, and five years as a camera operator/director for live TV. He has been writing about games since 2015 as well as managing gaming websites. Now he's here at DualShockers to provide the latest coverage in gaming news, and more.