- Pokémon Unite now has a September time frame release date for its Android and iOS versions.
- The Nintendo Switch version will launch first at some point in July.
- The 5-v-5 online multiplayer game will feature platform cross-play support.
About a year after it was officially announced, the Pokémon Company has finally announced a release time frame for its next mobile video game. The online multiplayer battle game Pokémon Unite will be released first for the Nintendo Switch in July, followed by a launch in September for the Android and iOS mobile versions. The announcement did not offer a specific launch date for any of the new platforms.
As previously announced, the game will be a free-to-play title. It has elements of a MOBA-style game, in that two teams of five players each compete against each other, each with their own Pokémon with its own abilities and items. As each battle progresses, the players’ Pokémon all evolve and start to gain new abilities. When players defeat opposing Pokémon or wild Pokémon, they drop Aeos energy, which can then be collected and put into the opposing team’s goal for points. The team with the most points at the end of the battle wins.
While the game will be free-to-play, Pokémon Unite will include support for microtransactions. The company has already announced that players will be able to unlock more Pokémon, along with new outfits for their trainer and Holowear for Pokémon.
Hopefully, we will get more info on Pokémon Unite in the near future, including a more precise release date. We will have to see if this cross-platform game will have the same popularity as another mobile-based game, the AR-themed Pokémon Go.