Pokémon Unite was announced during today's Pokemon Presents live stream. It's a Pokémon-themed MOBA being developed in conjunction with Tencent Games. The goal in developing Pokémon Unite was to create a MOBA-style experience with highly accessible gameplay that anyone can get into. However, the game will still feature deep gameplay and lots of strategic complexity.
So Pokémon Unite is a Pokémon MOBA? How does that work?
In Pokémon Unite, the goal is to catch wild Pokémon and train them to achieve victory. To score points, you simply walk a Pokémon into one of five scoring areas for your team. If you're able to stay in the area for a little while without taking any damage, you'll score a point. If, however, you're attacked while you're in the area, your Pokémon won't be able to score points for you, so the game is all about balancing battling enemy Pokémon with rushing to the goal to score.
The map for the game will be smaller than most traditional MOBA experiences. The more your Pokémon level up, the more power they'll gain, and they can even evolve for extra power and advantages. Pokémon Unite won't have any type advantages, so using a Fire-type 'mon against a Grass-type won't have any innate advantages for you. Overall, Pokémon Unite looks like a fast-paced mini-MOBA that will be appealing to people who are put off by the high barrier to entry many MOBAs put up.
When can you play Pokémon Unite?
You'll be able to check out Pokémon Unite on both Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. It's a free-to-start game, so you'll be able to play for free for a while before you have to start spending cash. It'll also feature crossplay, so you can play with your friends no matter which device they're using. Nintendo says it's "hard at work" on the game, so we don't know exactly when it'll launch yet. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.