Pokémon Unite, The Pokémon Company and Tencent’s upcoming massively multiplayer online battle arena-style game, has received a new trailer and release date. The new clip shows off a cinematic setting of the game, with two teams of five Pokémon battling for points in a massive arena. The game will come to Nintendo Switch in July and on mobile devices in September.
Pokémon Unite was previously announced last year. The game seems to have the same form as a MOBA like League of Legends. Players control a group of five Pokémon as they battle in a large, open arena, one-on-one with other Pokémon, or in large group clashes. The player advances by defeating other Pokémon and scores points by throwing a ball into a large hoop at the opponent’s base.
Pokémon start in a pre-evolved state and can evolve from there as they defeat other Pokémon, making late-game clashes that much more spectacular. It seems like only one specific set of Pokémon from throughout the franchise’s history will be in the game.
The Pokémon Company has stated that the game will “start free with optional in-game purchases”.
Nintendo’s partnership with Chinese gaming giant Tencent on the game caused a bit of a stir when it was initially announced, but it looks like the game will receive the same level of visual polish. like the main Pokémon games.
Some people also question the need for Pokémon MOBA because the genre already has a lot of heavy players like League of Legends and Dota 2, but it looks like Nintendo is targeting this at Pokémon fans rather than longtime MOBA players.
Pokémon Unite released in July for Switch and in September for mobile.