The Pokemon series is getting a new offshoot: As the Pokemon Company announced during a live stream, a game will be released as a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA for short. The Pokemon game with the addition “Unite” comes for both Nintendo Switch as well as a mobile game on the market. There is no release date yet.
Last week, the Pokemon Company announced another stream for June 24 as part of a show event. The topic referred to was the announcement of a "new, major project". The fans' hope revolved around a Sinnoh remake, now it's clear: that's not what the new stream was about. NOT even close.
MOBA again: 5-vs-5 in Poke-Land
Instead, the Pokemon Company unceremoniously announced a game concept that can definitely be described as the “cockroach among genres”: Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas. The snappy MOBAs just can't be broken. Anyone who thought that after League of Legends, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm and numerous smartphone offshoots, the genre had long since passed its zenith, is wrong - or at least made the calculation without the Pokemon Company.
In a first video for Pokemon Unite, the Pokemon Company introduces the game principle and already shows some gameplay scenes including team fights:
Pokemon Unite starts with the classic MOBA setup: two teams of five players each compete in real-time battles. Nevertheless, there are some deviations. Instead of just destroying an enemy base, the Pokemon offshoot is about scoring points in opposing goals. At the same time, teammates have to work together to fight and capture wild Pokemon - of course, there is also level-ups and further developments. Except for the Pokemon twist, the game is likely to remain largely true to the roots of MOBAs.
Pokemon Unite is developed by Tencent, more precisely by TiMi Studios. The team was already responsible for the mobile implementation of Call of Duty. Pokemon Unite will be a free-2-play game that will likely be financed through heaps of microtransactions. The Pokemon MOBA will be released for iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch. Crossplay between the platforms should be supported. There is no date for the release of Pokemon Unite yet.
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