Pokémon Unite [The First MOBA Pokémon Gameplay]
Pokémon Unite is an upcoming free-to-start, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed by TiMi Studios and published by Tencent in partnership with The Pokémon Company for Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. It was announced in a Pokémon Presents presentation on June 24, 2020. A release date is yet to be announced.
- Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Unite is a multiplayer online battle arena game with matches consisting of 5 players on each of the two teams. The game map is split into two halves, with multiple control points each. Players score points for their team by defeating AI "wild" Pokémon (referred to as catching in the game), and move towards one of the control points to score "goals". Each match is time-limited, and the team with the most total score by the end of each match wins the game. Players start each game controlling unevolved, low-level Pokémon, which can increase its level and gain access to new combat moves as it wins in battles. Type effectiveness, a common feature in Pokémon games, is absent from Pokémon Unite. On the other hand, the game includes an "Unite move" mechanic unique to each Pokémon character.
The reveal of Pokémon Unite received mixed criticism, with outlets discussing the game potential to open a new competitive gaming scene to a new audience. On the other hand, the YouTube videos of its announcement receiving thousands of dislikes, one of which quickly became the most disliked on The Pokémon Company's YouTube channel. The discontentment was attributed to the involvement of China mobile gaming giant Tencent, the free-to-play model, and the hype and expectations set by the previous Pokémon Presents, which announced the game as a "big project". This misled fans to believe that a new RPG main core series would be announced; therefore, when this game was revealed, many people were disappointed because it is a spin-off game with a mobile release.
Presents presentation: June 24, 2020
Beta version: TBA...Maybe sometime during this year
However. I believe that a final launch across all platforms will take place in 2021.
I will try to update the latest news about it on this site...