Pokémon Unite brings Pokémon to the world of MOBA games

Another Pokémon Presents video stream took place today, and Pokémon Unite was revealed! Pokémon Unite is the first strategic team based Pokémon game, built by Tencent Game’s Timi studio in cooperation with The Pokémon Company, and it looks a lot like the Pokémon version of the typical MOBA formula.

Think League of Legends but with Pokémon. The defining trait of the game is its dynamic realtime battle system, which features 5v5 battles in typical League of Legends / DotA fashion.

Each Pokémon can learn 4 moves, plus a Unite move, and it seems like each Pokémon has a role it fills. Snorlax is your typical tank, Pikachu is a carry, and other Pokémon fill roles appropriate to their lore. Pokémon movement is controlled by an on-screen joystick in the left corner, and moves are available in the right corner.

The game mechanics are a bit vague at the moment, but we managed to capture the following tidbits of information:

  • You earn XP by defeating wild Pokémon in the wild
  • Your Pokémon will increase, evolve and learn new moves during one game
  • You choose which moves the Pokémon will learn
  • You win the match by scoring more than the opposing team
  • Goal are scored by catching wild Pokémon and bringing them to a capture point
  • Moves can be area of effect, telegraphed line moves, heals, etc, the typical MOBA mix
  • Pokémon have auto attacks as well, but it’s not clear what it does
  • The game features a brush system similar to League of Legends

Pokémon Unite is coming as a Free to Slay game on Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS at an unannounced date. The game will support cross platform play.

This was just the initial preview of the game. You can watch the full reveal here:

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