On Wednesday, The Pokémon Company showed off Pokémon Unite, a new real-time strategy game that will pit teams of five players against one another. If you’ve played a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) like League of Legends or Dota 2, anytime in the last couple of years, Pokémon Unite will sound familiar. Instead of picking a hero or champion, you’ll choose a Pokémon at the start of a game. As a match progresses, you’ll unlock new abilities for that Pokémon.
You may think you know Pokémon...but you’ve never seen a battle like this!— Pokémon (@Pokemon) June 24, 2020
Experience exciting 5-on-5 matches in #PokemonUNITE, a new strategic team battle game for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices!
Here’s your first look at some gameplay footage 👀 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mgJLjZYKC7
Tencent’s TiMi Studios is developing the game. In the west, the studio is best known for its work on Call of Duty: Mobile. Pokémon Unite will be free-to-start and available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, with crossplay support included.
The Pokémon Company didn’t say when the game will launch. But between a new Pokémon Snap game and the recent release of Sword and Shield DLC, fans of the series have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of months.