Pokemon Unite Was Probably The Last Thing Fans Expected Today

Sorry to those hoping for Let's Go Johto.

When Nintendo announced it would be holding a second Pokemon Presents stream today, there was a long list of things Pokemon fans were probably expecting to happen. Whether that was the long-rumored Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Versions remakes, a new, Johto-based Pokemon Let’s Go spin-off akin to 2018’s Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee, or more DLC for Pokemon Sword & Shield. But one thing I don’t think I saw suggested even once was something along the lines of Pokemon Unite, a MOBA coming from Tencent’s TiMi Studios.


Pokemon Unite is a 5v5 MOBA featuring Pokemon like Pikachu, Charizard, and Snorlax, each with their own ability sets that complement one another as they work together to accomplish team-based goals and gain control of the map before their opposing team. The Pokemon twist of Unite means that not only will you be playing as Pokemon that evolve and learn new attacks over the course of the match, but also capture and battle wild monsters in the midst of also trying to accomplish objectives. Each playable Pokemon also has a unique “Unite Move,” which basically is like an Ultimate ability in other MOBAs, and will potentially help turn the course of a fight in an instant.

In an effort to make the game as accessible as possible, it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices when it launches, and will be free-to-start with in-app purchases.

At the 5:44 mark, the Pokemon Presents stream held a commentated match of Pokemon Unite in action to give you a better sense of how it all plays, which might help non-MOBA fans wrap their heads around the genre, as Pokemon’s never really touched on this kind of thing before.

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This is the second Pokemon Presents stream Nintendo and Game Freak have hosted this month, with last week’s show revealing a new installment in the Pokemon Snap subseries, an app to help kids maintain healthy tooth brushing habits called Pokemon Smile, and a new puzzle game on the Switch and mobile devices called Pokemon Cafe Mix. So even if you’re not a MOBA fan, you’ve probably got something Pokemon-related to be excited about, right?

Right?

On top of all this, Pokemon Sword & Shield’s first DLC called “Isle of Armor” launched last week, and has brought new Pokemon, an additional area to explore and capture critters at, and little bit of extra story content as well. If you haven’t started it yet and are getting ready to return to Galar, be sure to check out some of our guides on the expansion, including this write-up on the new Restricted Sparring feature, or a handy guide on where to find all the Digletts scattered around the Isle of Armor.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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