During the June 24th Pokemon Presents, Nintendo surprised many fans with the announcement of Pokemon Unite. It's The Pokemon Company's first attempt at a MOBA-style game. Here’s everything we know about the new Pokemon Unite coming (hopefully) soon for Pokemon fans around the world — including the release date, trailer, developers, price, platforms, and more.
What Is Pokemon Unite?
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This is going to be Pokemon’s first stab at the MOBA genre of games, similar in style to League of Legends and Dota 2. The game is going to be a 5V5 team game where players will select the Pokemon they will enter the battle with.
Teams will spawn on opposite sides of the map and will be tasked with defeating each other and capturing/defeating wild Pokemon that spawn on the map. Doing so will allow you to level up and learn new moves, similar to how an actual Pokemon game works.
The main goal of the game is to take down other Pokemon and players over the course of the match. Doing so will grant you and your team points, and the winner will have collected the most points at the end of the game.
Here's the description of Pokemon Unite according to the official page for Pokemon Unite:
Pokémon UNITE is a strategic team battle game being developed jointly by The Pokémon Company and Tencent Games’ TiMi Studios. Pokémon UNITE is planned as a cross-platform game for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices and will be free-to-start.
In this game, players face off against each other in 5-on-5 team battles. During battles, players will cooperate with teammates to catch wild Pokémon, level up and evolve their own Pokémon, and defeat opponents' Pokémon while trying to earn more points than the opposing team within the allotted time.
Pokémon UNITE introduces a new kind of Pokémon battle—one that requires teamwork and strategy. It is simple and yet full of intricacies waiting to be unpacked.
The official page for Pokemon Unite has a release date of "TBA." However, based on the gameplay and images that were showcased during Pokemon Presents, we can assume the game is in the later stages of development and will release sometime later this year.
Check out the official Pokemon Unite reveal trailer — titled "Team Up to Battle in Pokemon UNITE!" — and some gameplay footage that was showcased during Pokemon Presents:
According to the official Pokemon Unite page, the game is being co-developed by The Pokemon Company and Tencent Games' TiMi Studios — the same game studio that made the widely popular Call of Duty Mobile title.
Also announced during Pokemon Presents, Pokemon Unite is going to be free-to-play when it releases hopefully sometime in 2020.
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Pokemon Unite is going to be playable on the Nintendo Switch and on iOS and Android devices.
Here are all of the Pokemon we are going to be able to play as when Pokemon Unite releases:
We don't know if more Pokemon are going to be playable when it fully releases, but we'll be sure to keep you in the loop!
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This article was written by Nick Farrell, a full-time university student who loves talking and writing about video games.