Today during the Pokemon Presents broadcast, Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara announced — Pokemon Unite — a new team-based cooperative MOBA game being developed in partnership with Tencent and developer Timi Studios.
Pokemon Unite will be free-to-play on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, and support cross-platform play.
The core mechanics of the game is five-on-five multiplayer in a free-to-play real-time team-based MOBA that closes resembles the basic tenants of League of Legends and DOTA 2. Each team of five starts on one side of a symmetrical map within their home base, and both sides of the map are littered with several control points that players can use to score points with captured wild Pokemon and regain lost health.
To score, players must capture wild Pokemon, capture control points, and defeat enemy players and the Pokemon they control. During the live stream it was revealed that players can pick from from a handful of different Pokemon, including: Blastoise, Charizard, Clefairy, Gengar, Lucario, Snorlax, Pikachu, Talonflame, Machamp, and Venusaur (as well as all of their evolutions). We can only assume that more starting Pokemon will be added at a later date.
As players level up and evolve their Pokemon they unlock new moves and abilities which allows them to decide which abilities to equip, which in turn dictates their style of play. Unite moves are the most powerful abilities players can unlock, which have the potential to change a match outcome when used correctly.
At this time Pokémon Unite doesn’t have a release date.