At last, after years of waiting for the Pokémon franchise to jump into the MOBA scene has come to realization and it will be called Pokémon Unite. The game is being developed by Tencent’s TiMi Studios, the same studio behind massive free-to-play online games like Honor of Kings and Call of Duty: Mobile.
Call of Duty: Mobile was also developed by Tencent’s TiMi Studios. CODM had one of the biggest launches in mobile gaming history last year. They definitely know how to make global hits, and now, it’s partnership with one of the most iconic entertainment franchises of the last 20 years is happening on Pokémon Unite.
Outside of the collectible card game, though, there isn’t a huge competitive scene for Pokémon. Pokémon Unite changes this instantly.
The game looks a lot like other MOBAs with two teams of five Pokemon battling against each other to complete objectives while leveling up and collecting items over the course of a match. Pokemon Unite is a two-lane map reminiscent of existing team strategy games. It’ll be a free-to-start game on Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS.
We can’t deny that the franchise is known to just about everyone, plus the combination of the developer, the fame of the MOBA genre, and the accessibility of the game has a huge potential to open up the world of esports to a completely new demographic.