July 15, 2020

Pokémon Unite: Everything you need to know!

Pokémon Unite is on the way, and it's not at all what you'd expect from a game with the Pokémon name.

On Wednesday, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company held a special Pokémon Presents broadcast. The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara announced a new game called Pokémon Unite, which looks a lot like a Pokémon MOBA. It’s certainly not the news we expected to wake up to this morning, but it’s exciting nonetheless.

Is Pokémon Unite a Pokémon MOBA?

For the most part, the game does appear to be a Pokémon MOBA. Or a Pokémon League of Legends, if you will. Pokémon Dota 2, perhaps? However you slice it, Pokémon Unite is a 5-on-5 co-op and competitive game with three lanes, characters that level up in each match, and just about every other trapping we expect to see from other games in the MOBA genre.

Does Pokémon Unite have online multiplayer?

Not only will Pokémon Unite have online multiplayer, but it’ll actually be the main feature of the game since it’s a real-time, team-based strategy game. That means players will be working with a group of teammates to bring down the opposition. Presumably, the game will also feature an offline mode, but the announcement didn’t make that clear.

Which Pokémon are in the game?

pokemon unite battle screen

Credit: Nintendo

So far, we know Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Machop, Snorlax, Ghastly, Talonflame, Clefairy, Stufful, and Riolu will show up in the game, as well as all of their evolutions. Thus, we can assume Charmeleon, Charizard, Wartortle, Blastoise, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Machoke, Machamp, Haunter, Gengar, Clefable, Bewear, and Lucario will also appear in the game.

We expect more to be revealed as time goes on.

When is the Pokémon Unite release date?

Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t announce a release date for Pokémon Unite at the initial reveal event, so we’ll have to wait and see when the game will ultimately launch.

How much does Pokémon Unite cost?

Pokémon Unite will be free to start, which is Nintendo’s more accurate term for free-to-play. That means gamers won’t need to spend any money to get started, but there will likely be plenty of ways to spend money on microtransactions as they play (much like how Pokémon Go works).

What platforms is Pokémon Unite on?

Nintendo announced Pokémon Unite will launch on Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. Importantly, the game will feature crossplay support, so fans will be able to play with their friends regardless of which platform they choose.

Who’s developing Pokémon Unite?

Helming the development of Pokémon Unite is Tencent’s TiMi Studios. This is the same team responsible for massive mobile hits like Call of Duty: Mobile and Arena of Valor, so the team has some pedigree with big mobile games.

Is there any Pokémon Go crossover?

As of this writing, there’s been nothing announced regarding any crossover with Pokémon Go, though it’s still early. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company could announce plans to do something in the future.

That’s everything we know about Pokémon Unite so far, but we’d expect more information to come out shortly. We’ll keep this article updated as new information drops.