‘Pokémon Unite’— A New MOBA from Tencent

Pokemon Unite, a Co-op Strategy Game

It’s been a busy month for Pokemon fans with the announcements of a new Pokemon Snap; the free to start Pokemon Cafe Mix; a toothbrushing app Pokemon Smile, and later the mega evolutions in Pokemon Go.

Now Tencent studio TiMi is working on another Pokemon game— a strategic team-based and free-to-play game titled Pokemon Unite.

Announced in today’s Pokemon Presents broadcast, Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara said the game closely resembles a MOBA, such as League of Legends or DOTA 2.

The five-versus-five team battler, places squads of players with their own Pokémon battling it out in an arena dotted with control points on various lanes as they run around a symmetrical map with each team having a base on each side.

Players are tasked with catching Pokémon, evolving their Pokemon mid-battle, and taking down enemies by using their Pokémon’s moves. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Cross-platform between Nintendo Switch and smartphone

Players can choose from a variety of Pokémon that have various combat skills. Snorlax, Pikachu, Talonflame, Machamp, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Clefairy, Gengar, and Lucario are all confirmed so far. We expect more Pokémon added in the future.

Pokemon Unite will be released on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices (with cross-play). No release date has been announced.

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