Pokémon Unite Announced for Switch, iOS and Android

Earlier today, The Pokémon Company released the trailer for its newest spin-off game in their long-running franchise. Pokémon Unite brings Pokémon into the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre. The game is being developed by Tencent games' TiMi Studios who have previously worked on Call of Duty: Mobile and Honor of KingsPokémon Unite will be free-to-start and available on Nintendo Switch as well as Mobile, with cross-play available between platforms.

As you can see in the full 11-minute presentation, the gameplay itself is quite standard to other MOBA games. You will have an island as your arena with 2 teams of 5 starting on opposite sides. Each side will have 5 goals, or scoring areas, that you can be used to heal HP and redeem points that players build up from catching and defeating Pokémon. After a certain number of points redeemed at each goal, it will shut down and no longer be in use for the rest of the game. Every battle your Pokémon will start the match at Level 1 and as you play your Pokémon will level up and evolve, as well as develop new moves. You'll be able to choose which moves you want, similar to how you would in the mainline games, forgetting older and less effective moves to learn stronger and more critical ones as you go. To put it simply, Pokémon Unite is League of Legends but with a healthy dose of Pokémon mixed in. (Let's just hope the salt of LOL doesn't make its way into the Pokémon community.)

However, not everyone was happy with the announcement. Many tuned in to the presentation expecting The Pokémon Company to announce a remake of the Gen 4 Diamond and Pearl games, but it seems like a lot to expect from a company that is already announcing and releasing so much right now, with the recent release of the expansion for Sword and Sheild, the announcement of Pokémon Snap for Switch and the release of Pokémon Cafe Mix just a day before the presentation. I myself, as much as I love the story games, am always excited to see them trying new things. The Pokémon Company has created an expansive world and there are a lot of possibilities for the types of games to be set in it. Although, I'm still holding out my final opinion for when I actually play. And I mean hey, it's free, so why not give it a try?

There is no release date as of yet, but as I said above there is plenty of Pokémon content coming out to keep fans satisfied for awhile. Let us know what you think about the game down in the comments or on social media @greatwhiteandco.

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