I am excited to bring you additional details about our next game update, version 2.44, which includes support for the exciting new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion. The release of the new game version and expansion has a few different dates involved, so let’s review the schedule:
Tuesday, May 2nd:
On the morning of Tuesday, May 2nd (Pacific Time) the 2.44 Update will go live. Your game will patch up to the new version, however the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion will not yet be available in game.
The official release date for Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising is May 5th. We are releasing the new game version in a staggered roll out to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Thursday, May 4th:
On the morning of Thursday, May 4th, Pacific Time (which is early on May 5th for parts of Russia, New Zealand and Samoa) a server update will enable the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion in the Pokémon TCG Online.
Once the server update is complete Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising prerelease product in the Collection will be able to be opened, Code Cards from Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising retail products will be able to be redeemed and opened and Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising cards will be able to be used in Versus decks.
Friday, May 5th:
On the morning of Friday, May 5th, Pacific Time, a server update will make Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising booster packs and theme decks available in the Shop for Trainer Tokens (and for Gems in supported regions).
This staggered roll out positions us for a smooth launch for the exciting Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion.
Below is a list of highlights of changes included in version 2.44:
- Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion: The main focus for 2.44 is support for the over 140 new cards included in the latest expansion.
- Continued work on foil effect improvements and refinements. This is ongoing work to foil effects that was started in version 2.43. We anticipate that foil effect improvements, tweaks, bug fixing and additional card support will continue for the next several game updates.
- Pokémon Tool card pips now display a visual indicator when attached to a Pokémon that is not eligible for the card’s effect. An example of this is a Fighting Fury Belt is attached to an Evolution Pokémon.
In the below pictures you can see my Stage 1 Hypno on the bench with a Fighting Fury Belt attached to it.
- In 2.44 we have trimmed down the timers for opening game actions (such as calling the coin flip and choosing your starting Pokémon) from 1 minute to 30 seconds. Our aim is to allow you enough time to ponder your decision while still being mindful that your opponent is waiting for you to act.
As always, we will have complete Patch Notes and updated Known Issues when things go live.
We look forward to seeing you in the Pokémon TCG Online!
Pokémon TCG Online
Live Operations Senior Producer
The Pokémon Company International
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