As previously reported, the game is the next generation of Pokemon Trading Card Game Online. Bringing the TCG to mobile devices along with PC, players can redeem codes from physical booster packs, or earn them in-game for more cards to collect and battle with.
While the game was originally intended to launch in 2021 (first on Android and iOS, later on PC and Mac), the game has been delayed into 2022 in order to “provide Trainers with a more polished experience.” This affects both the mobile soft launch in Canada, and global open beta for desktop.
For those who already received code cards that mention Pokemon Trading Card Game Live from the physical card game, The Pokemon Company re-assured fans these can still be redeemed in Pokemon Trading Card Game Online. Likewise, the delay is sure to mean the Online game will not be shut down quite yet.
Existing Pokemon Trading Card Game Online accounts can transfer some elements into the Live game. This includes up to four copies of a unique card, one copy of an ACE SPEC or Prism Star card, one copy of each part of a V-UNION card, 59 copies of a basic energy card, and converting additional cards into Credits. Credits can be then redeemed for individual cards, and can also be earned via milestones in-game.