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Pokémon TCG Live is free-to-play and coming to PC

Pokémon TCG Live is revamping the digital card game experience

Attaching yellow energy cards to a Pikachu in Pokémon TCG Live

There’s already an official option to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game on PC, but it’s never quite been as fully-featured as players have wanted. Now, The Pokémon Company has announced Pokémon Trading Card Game Live, a new, free-to-play digital adaptation of the TCG that’s on the way to PC and mobile devices.

Pokémon TCG Live is listed, vaguely, as ‘coming soon’ to PC, iOS, and Android, and there will be a beta ahead of release. It will be free-to-play, but you’ll be able to put money in to buy booster packs in-game. You can also get new cards by scanning codes from real-life cards, or doing daily challenges. Unlike the previous iteration of the game, however, there will be no trading with other players.

The previous version, Pokémon TCG Online, is shutting down “shortly prior to the launch” of the new game. Your account will transfer over to the new game, including cards from the Sword & Shield series, XY series, Black & White series, and certain Sun & Moon series. Those cards will not be available to play until a future update, however. You can get full details on what transfers over on the official site.

You can see some of the upgraded features in action with the teaser trailer below.

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If you’re looking for more digital adaptations of the card games of your youth, Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel might also be up your alley. If you’re looking for Pokémon PC games, though, there are plenty of great alternatives at that link