Greetings Beta Players!
With April drawing to a close, it’s time for another community update. There are big changes in store in the coming months, so we’re taking this opportunity to share a few of them with you.
As many of you have heard, we’re working with a new developer that has been hard at work creating a new version of the Pokémon Trainer Challenge that will be released in mid- to late May. For many months, we have been rebuilding the game, using the Unity engine to give us maximum flexibility in the future. In addition to improving the game engine, we’ve overhauled the user interface to provide a better player experience. Check out the image below for an example of this new user interface.
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The launch of the new Trainer Challenge is a significant and exciting milestone for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, and it’s important to note that you will see some changes in the near future that are needed to enhance the overall experience for our online players. While the new single-player Trainer Challenge is set to release soon, we are still a few months away from having the new version of the multiplayer game ready for open beta. We’ve made the decision to discontinue further work on the current version of the multiplayer Pokémon TCG Online, including fixing existing bugs. We will also be disabling the Multiplayer—Expert and Multiplayer—Novice modes in the existing version until the new version is launched. This will allow us to focus all of the team’s efforts on getting the new multiplayer game to our fans as quickly as possible. It’s important to note that access to your Collection, the Deck Builder, Trading, and Player—Versus AI will remain available to players throughout this transition.
What does this all mean for the Black & White—Dark Explorers expansion and code redemptions?
<p style="margin-left: 40px;">Dark Explorers booster codes
You will be able to enter codes from Dark Explorers starting May 9th and earn booster credits as usual. These booster credits can be redeemed for any set, from HeartGold & SoulSilver to Black & White—Next Destinies. You will not be able to redeem booster credits for Dark Explorers until later this summer, when the new multiplayer build hits open beta.
<p style="margin-left: 40px;">Dark Explorers theme deck codes
You can redeem Dark Explorers theme deck codes, which will unlock those decks in the new Trainer Challenge. However, these cards will not show up in your collection until after the new version of the multiplayer game enters open beta later this summer.
We understand this is a lot to take in, and you’re bound to have some questions. Please post them in this thread in General Discussion. We’ll select a handful of questions from the thread and post answers next week.
Thanks for your continued support!