If Nintendo doesn’t make it clear that the Pokémon game is entering a new era with an announcement trailer for Pokémon Legend: Arceus, they’re definitely hitting the point with Pokémon Unite, the series’ upcoming first foray into the free-to-play massively multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. We’ve got glimpses of what a battle-focused Pokémon game might look like with Pokken DX . Tournament and Pokémon characters in Super Smash Bros., but this is a whole new world.
Nintendo has researched the MOBA genre enough to attract veteran players from League of Legends or DOTA 2? Or would this game be a good MOBA entry point for Pokémon fans who have never explored the genre? We’ll have to wait and see!
Until then, here’s everything we know about the upcoming Pokémon MOBA Pokémon Unite.
Pokémon Unite is the first Pokémon title in the MOBA style, developed by The Pokémon Company International and TiMi Studio Group.
The game will revolve around 5 vs 5 Unite Battle tournaments on Aeos Island, a mythical island said to be on the uncharted frontier of the ocean. Teams of Pokémon will go head-to-head and battle, competing to see which team can collect the most Aeos energy, score points, and win for their team.
Like any Pokémon title, players will get to pick and choose their favorite Pokémon and battle it out. It will just be a different style from what we are used to.
Pokémon Unite will release in July 2021 on Nintendo Switch systems and in September 2021 on mobile devices. We don’t have exact dates for both releases yet. Now that we’ve entered July, it’s safe to say we won’t get much warning before the game drops for Switch.
Nintendo has released a trailer for Pokémon Unite mid-June to let us know what’s in store for that game. While the trailer didn’t include any gameplay footage, opting for a more cinematic style instead, we were able to get a good feel for the game’s stress levels and see some of the Pokémon battles we’ve seen. we can expect.
Games in Pokémon Unite seems similar to the most popular MOBAs out there. Teams of five Pokémon, each with different strengths, attacks, and passive abilities, will take to the field and compete to see which side can collect the most Aeos energy. Points are earned through catching wild Pokémon that appear on the map and need to be defeated to catch. Players deposit Aeos energy earned from catching wild Pokémon or defeating an opponent into one of their opponent’s goal areas to score points for their team. If catching Pokémon was the only task, it would be an easy one – we’ve all been to the Safari Zone and hid as many Pokéballs as we could – but opposing teams can get in the way, sniping wild Pokémon wild, defend the scoring zones, and end up just causing chaos.
Playable Pokémon are divided into several classes: Attacker, Defender, Speedster, Supporter, and All-Rounder. Players will need to experiment to find out which role works best for them (although many will have a hunch based on previous MOBA experience). Team composition will always be the key factor, although there doesn’t appear to be any group restrictions as in Overwatch. Each Pokémon will start a battle at level 1, gain experience throughout the game, evolve, learn new moves, and become much stronger. Looks like Type efficiency won’t play any role in the game. Each Pokémon also has a Unite Move, which is basically its ultimate ability, that can really change the flow of a game.
At launch, the game will recommend some maps, each different in size with special environmental factors.
The game will start for free, with optional in-game purchases available, including paid Aeos gems currency. Players can unlock cosmetics for their Pokémon through purchase or through a seasonal battle.
Multiplayer is the name of the game! Looks like there won’t be a single player mode for Pokémon Unite, beyond the potential tutorial level to get things started. Cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch and mobile devices is planned, although there is no confirmation that the feature will be ready to go when the game launches on mobile devices in September.
Here is a list of all the confirmed playable Pokémon evolution lines in Pokémon Unite at launch:
- Mr. Mime
- Hellon Ninetales
More Pokémon will be added to the game after launch. With almost 900 Pokémon out there, it would be a shame to only play with 19. Nintendo has confirmed that Blastoise, Gardevoir, and at least one other unnamed Pokémon will be added to the game after launch.
Wild Pokémon have been discovered in Pokémon Unite Footage (and leaked footage) so far includes:
- Vespiquen (plus Combee)