Today the Pokémon company announced, in collaboration with Tencent, a new MOBA-inspired game called Pokémon Unite. The game will be free-to-play and cross-platform across Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.
It's a five-on-five competitive multiplayer experience that features many familiar genre elements. The symmetrical arena is set up with five goal zones in each half, and dotted with bushes and grass that hides players. Teams score by controlling the zones for a time, and each player levels up by defeating wild Pokémon: as the characters level, different abilities can be unlocked. Here's a trailer:
Though the obvious first thought is something along the lines of League of Pokémon, the game shown on the livestream reminded me more of Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm. Pokémon Unite is bright, easy to read, and most of all, the length of each match is short; this example lasted around four minutes with all scoring being doubled in the final two. No release date or further details on the business model were provided but, given the obvious inspirations, looks like we'll all be buying Pikachu hats pretty soon.