Pokemon + MOBA: Pokemon Company Teases Their Newest Project, Pokemon Unite

To the surprise of many last June 24, the Pokemon Company present something totally new and interesting for every Pokemon lovers around the world by introducing a new Pokemon game to hit Nintendo Switch and Smartphones soon. And you can't deny it, perhaps it is one of the most clever ideas that someone can pull-off.

Introducing Pokemon Unite, the first Pokemon multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title which seamlessly combines the fun side of capturing cute, little critters with intense MOBA action. The game is strikingly similar to popular MOBA games like LOL and Mobile Legends with all those lanes and bases that allow you to engage in a 5v5 battle. The objective is quite different though unlike the usual "storm the base" MOBA. Here the winning team is decided through the points being collected from defeating your enemies and capturing certain enemy goals within a time limit.

As expected, you will be using different types of Pokemon with their own element-based skills plus a special skill known as Unite Move to gain an advantage. Though still unannounced, Pokemon who are seen in the teaser includes the fan-favorite Pikachu, Lucario, Snorlax as well as Gengar, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, and Machamp. Each of these Pokemon still possesses their familiar elemental affinity (Fire, Water, etc.) which might also affect the interplay between the strength and weakness of your team in the game.

Pokemon Unite is developed through the collaboration of Pokemon Company and the Chinese game developer Tencent particularly their new studio, TiMi. Tencent is no stranger when it comes to MOBA games since it handles also the likes of League of Legends and Arena of Valor. Pokemon Unite has a cross-platform feature that lets you switch your playing from Nintendo Switch to Android/iOS or vice versa. The game seems to be free to play but as indicated in the presentation, it has an in-app purchase option.

As of the time, Pokemon Unite's release date is still unknown but many are expecting that more details or a possible alpha test will be launched soon this year and most likely it we be officially released by next year.

In some other news, Pokemon Sword and Shield had a first-ever breakthrough in the Pokemon franchise as they launched recently the Isle of Armor downloadable expansion. In addition to this, Pokemon Snap is also announced its return soon on Nintendo Switch.