Pokémon Unite is the bet of the famous Nintendo monster franchise for Android, iPhone (iOS) and Nintendo Switch, along the lines of the MOBA genre, popularized by games like League of Legends (LoL) and DotA 2.
Announced on July 10, 2020 in a special broadcast, the game is developed by TiMi Studio, one of the subsidiaries of the Chinese giant Tencent and responsible for titles such as Arena of Valor, Call of Duty Mobile and Metal Slug Code: J. Pokémon fans have long imagined what a MOBA would look like with the little monsters in the franchise and the Nintendo announcement promises to live up to expectations.
To better understand the format of the gameplay and everything that involves launching, check out the main questions and answers about Pokémon Unite below.
What is Pokémon Unite?
Pokémon Unite is a free MOBA for Android devices, iPhone (iOS) and Nintendo Switch. Players participate in five-on-five matches, with a maximum duration of ten minutes, in which the objective is to collect wild Pokémon and deposit them in demarcated areas of the scenario to score. There are ten fields to deposit the little creatures, five for each team, and whoever accumulates the most points wins.
The task will not be very easy, however: one team will always try to hinder the other by dealing damage. If a player is hit while trying to score, his action is canceled immediately and it will be necessary to engage in combat to secure space. There are indications that Nintendo and Tencent also want to invest in esports, as the game’s presentation featured a typical competition narration.
Already have a release date?
So far, Pokémon Unite does not have a release schedule. Nintendo says it is looking forward to sharing more information soon.
What are the similarities with LoL and DotA?
Because it is a MOBA, Pokémon Unite has some similarities in relation to LoL and DotA 2. The main affinity is the fact that the characters evolve and learn new skills as they defeat wild Pokémon (equivalent to the troops) or other opponents.
Each Pokémon has a supreme ability, called Unite Move, that does massive damage and opens up opportunities to score. The visual style of the game, which is more cartoonish, also refers to the Riot Games game.
Will the game have routes like LoL and DotA?
Pokémon Unite will not have the same route concepts applied in League of Legends and DotA 2. The map, being more open, requires players to move around to find wild Pokémon and score. The objective is also not to destroy the enemy base, but to prevent the monsters from being deposited by the opposing team.
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How many Pokémon will be available?
At first, ten Pokémon were revealed during the Pokémon Unite announcement stream: Pikachu, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Clefable, Machamp, Gengar, Snorlax, Lucario and Talonflame.
As players start matches at Level 1, the monsters will not be in the last evolved form since the beginning – to reach the Charizard, the player will have to pass through Charmander and Charmeleon, for example. There is still the freedom to choose the skills that the Pokémon will learn, making the experience varied even if playing with the same little monster over and over again.
There are high chances that the cast will be expanded through updates and further details are expected to be revealed by Nintendo soon.