Last week’s Pokemon Presents closed with a surprise – a second video presentation would air the following week. Today, Pokemon fans tuned in with fingers crossed an announcement of another big game in the franchise. Instead, The Pokemon Company unveiled Pokemon Unite, a free to start MOBA game made alongside Tencent.
Here’s a link if you want to see the full video presentation featuring the game’s trailer and some gameplay:
In many ways the game looks like a League of Legends clone, which is unsurprising considering Tencent owns that game too. In Pokemon Unite two teams of five players choose their Pokemon and duke it out in ‘real-time team battles’. The aim of the game is to score more points than the opposing team which is achieved by holding your own on the opponent’s goals. Both attacking or defending points become much easier after leveling and evolving your Pokemon by farming mobs, I mean catching Pokemon. Once your Pokemon reaches a high enough, level they unlock their ultimate ability, I mean their ‘unite move’ to deal massive damage to foes.
The second half of the presentation demonstrates a mock match, complete with a commentator. It’s hard to shake the feeling that The Pokemon Company and Tencent are desperately trying to break into the MOBA and Esports scene, especially after Pokkén Tournament failed to grow any real legs.
Already fans are expressing their disinterest in the game. At the time of writing, the video presentation (linked above) is sitting on 75K dislikes VS 45K likes.
No release date was given for the game, but we know it will be available on Android, IOS and Switch with cross play supported. If you simply can’t wait to play this game, just go solo queue in League of Legends.
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