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Tencent is making a Pokémon MOBA for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices

By Tim Augustin - on 25 Jun 2020, 6:01pm

Tencent is making a Pokémon MOBA for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices

Image: The Pokémon Company

During last night’s episode of Pokémon Presents, The Pokémon Company announced a brand-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game: Pokémon Unite. The game is the result of a partnership with Tencent, and developed by Arena of Valor creator TiMi Studios. 

Watch the first trailer for the game: 

Pokémon Unite is a five-on-five competitive MOBA, where players are tasked with capturing wild Pokémon, while also battling the enemy team using their Pokémon’s moves. Battles take place in a symmetrical map, with five ‘goals’ on each side. Players have to beat wild Pokémon to capture them, and then deposit them in these goals to earn winning points. Players can level their Pokémon up while playing, exchange older moves for new ones and even evolve on the fly. 

Basically? It’s Dota 2 and League of Legends, with a brand-new Pokémon-themed coat of paint on top. Several different playable Pokémon were also shown off in the gameplay reveal, such as Pikachu, Lucario, Snorlax, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and more - but there’s a high chance that new Pokémon will be added down the line. 

Pokémon Unite has had a pretty mixed reception from fans, to say the least. On Youtube, its reveal trailer has been bombed with 54,000 dislikes - which isn’t even as bad as the Pokémon Presents video, which is sitting at 161,000 dislikes. Judging from the replies on the official Pokémon Twitter account, most are confused on why the game wasn’t shown off during last week’s Pokémon Presents stream. The game’s ominous ‘free-to-start’ label isn’t helping things, either. 

Pokémon Unite will launch on Nintendo Switch, as well as mobile devices on Android and iOS. It also supports cross-platform play, which means that players on all platforms will be able to queue up and play with each other. No release date has been announced for the game.