By JULES VIVAS
The Pokémon Company revealed on June 24 a new real-time strategy game that will pit teams of five players against one another called Pokémon Unite. This will be the first time we’re seeing the Nintendo staple in an online battle arena (MOBA) format. The game is under development by Pokémon Co., Ltd., in collaboration with TiMi Studios of Tencent Games, the same studio behind massive free-to-play online games such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Honor of Kings.
If you’ve played the iconic MOBAs League of Legends (LOL) and Dota 2, or even Mobile Legends, then Pokémon Unite will be very familiar to you. Instead of picking a hero or champion, however, the player gets to choose a Pokémon at the beginning of a game. While in-game, players need to cooperate with teammates to catch wild Pokémon, level up, and evolve the pocket monsters. They will need to defeat their opponents’ Pokémon while trying to earn more points than the opposing team within the allotted time.
Check out the unveiling video presented by Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company:
Pokémon Unite will be free-to-start and available on mobile devices and on the Nintendo Switch. Crossplay support is included. The release date has not yet been determined.
While the title shows great promise, from its beautiful map to the unique skill-building system where you get to choose what attacks to develop, a lot of fans took the news negatively, expressing disappointment since most were anticipating a remake of a different Pokémon game.
The Pokémon Company is in full throttle this June, with the recent launch of the first of the two-part expansion of Pokémon Sword and Shield, “The Isle of Armor,” and the announcement of another new game for Nintendo Switch, New Pokemon Snap, a spin-off based on the cult classic Nintendo 64 game that involves taking photographs of Pokémon in various places.