The Pokemon Presents livestream brought with a single announcement that was focused on for the full duration of the event. The Pokemon Company announced a brand-new game called Pokemon Unite. The team-based cooperative MOBA game is being developed in cooperation with Tencent and developer Timi Studios, which was responsible for Call of Duty Mobile. Unite will be free-to-play on Nintendo Switch and iOS/Android devices, and will support cross-platform play. No release date was given yet, but we did get a long look at gameplay–here’s what we know so far.
How Battles Work
The matches are 5v5 and take place on a MOBA-like map split into halves that represent your teams. Each side is littered with several control points that can be used to score goals. Battles will take place in real-time. As you progress through battles, your Pokemon will level up and learn new moves, and each Pokemon has a unique Unite move. But unlike standard Pokemon, there aren’t type advantages. The side that scores the most points by the end of the match wins.
The livestream showed off a debut match between two teams of five, complete with commentators. The action looked wild and speedy, with players competing over control points to score goals. Tall grass is used to block vision and create opportunities for ambushes, and when you defeat a wild pokemon you “catch” it. All goals scored in the final minute are worth double points.