Nintendo revealed that its strategic team-battle game, Pokemon UNITE, is coming to Nintendo Switch this July.
Pokemon Unite is a 5v5 DOTA-like strategic battle game where players choose their Pokemon and team up to battle it out. Supposedly, the game will operate with a sizable roster and a series of lanes that each team will battle to control. All Pokemon will start at level one with the ability to level up and potentially evolve if they’re able. There’s also an interesting “dunking” feature that has yet to be fully explained.
Here’s when it will come out.
Pokemon UNITE releases for Nintendo Switch in July 2021 with a secondary mobile release in September. The game will feature cross-play, allowing players to ally with or challenge their friends regardless of the platform they choose.
According to Nintendo, Pokemon UNITE will be free-to-play to start with microtransactions and other available purchases using its unique in-game currency. From what we know about other MOBA-style games like League of Legends, these will likely be fun cosmetics like the summer-themed outfits seen in the cinematic trailer.
The official starting roster has not been released. However, we can likely assume that familiar faces from the teasers will be available from the get-go. This includes Charmander, Pikachu, Lucario, Absol, Gardevoir, Mr. Mime, Snorlax, and more.