On Wednesday, Nintendo and The PokÃ©mon Company held a special PokÃ©monÂ Presents broadcast. The PokÃ©mon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara announced a new game called PokÃ©mon Unite, which looks a lot like a PokÃ©mon MOBA. Itâ€™s certainly not the news we expected to wake up to this morning, but itâ€™s exciting nonetheless.
Is PokÃ©mon Unite a PokÃ©mon MOBA?
For the most part, the game does appear to be a PokÃ©mon MOBA. Or a PokÃ©mon League of Legends, if you will. PokÃ©mon Dota 2, perhaps? However you slice it, PokÃ©mon Unite is a 5-on-5 co-op and competitive game with three lanes, characters that level up in each match, and just about every other trapping we expect to see from other games in the MOBA genre.
Does PokÃ©mon Unite have online multiplayer?
Not only will PokÃ©mon Unite have online multiplayer, but itâ€™ll actually be the main feature of the game since itâ€™s a real-time, team-based strategy game. That means players will be working with a group of teammates to bring down the opposition. Presumably, the game will also feature an offline mode, but the announcement didnâ€™t make that clear.
Which PokÃ©mon are in the game?
So far, we know Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Machop, Snorlax, Ghastly, Talonflame, Clefairy, Stufful, and Riolu will show up in the game, as well as all of their evolutions. Thus, we can assume Charmeleon, Charizard, Wartortle, Blastoise, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Machoke, Machamp, Haunter, Gengar, Clefable, Bewear, and Lucario will also appear in the game.
We expect more to be revealed as time goes on.
When is the PokÃ©mon Unite release date?
Unfortunately, Nintendo didnâ€™t announce a release date for PokÃ©mon Unite at the initial reveal event, so weâ€™ll have to wait and see when the game will ultimately launch.
How much does PokÃ©mon Unite cost?
PokÃ©mon Unite will be free to start, which is Nintendoâ€™s more accurate term for free-to-play. That means gamers wonâ€™t need to spend any money to get started, but there will likely be plenty of ways to spend money on microtransactions as they play (much like how PokÃ©mon Go works).
What platforms is PokÃ©mon Unite on?
Nintendo announced PokÃ©mon Unite will launch on Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. Importantly, the game will feature crossplay support, so fans will be able to play with their friends regardless of which platform they choose.
Whoâ€™s developing PokÃ©mon Unite?
Helming the development of PokÃ©mon Unite is Tencentâ€™s TiMi Studios. This is the same team responsible for massive mobile hits like Call of Duty: Mobile and Arena of Valor, so the team has some pedigree with big mobile games.
Is there any PokÃ©mon Go crossover?
As of this writing, thereâ€™s been nothing announced regarding any crossover with PokÃ©mon Go, though itâ€™s still early. Nintendo and The PokÃ©mon Company could announce plans to do something in the future.
Thatâ€™s everything we know about PokÃ©mon Unite so far, but weâ€™d expect more information to come out shortly. Weâ€™ll keep this article updated as new information drops.