Pokemon was a wonderful creation by Japanese Video game designer Satoshi Tajiri & Ken Sugimori back in 1996. Since the start Pokemon has been one of the most favorite animated characters on various media like video games, animated TV series, and comics. Though primarily Pokemon was designed s a concept of a Card game, but later the animated TV shows become even more poplar worldwide among kids and teenagers. Pokemon has been featured in Hollywood films as well, and many video games on Pokemon have been released in the past decade on platforms like Nintendo and Android. There are actually very few comic-type animated characters out there apart from DC and Marvel creations which are popular as fan favorites. Among such kind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, Naruto (Japanese Manga Series), etc are some of the biggest names. Pokemon has been featured in many card games, and even in many card game based video game on Nintendo. Apart from those, there are also multiple games available on Pokemon in the fighting game genre on Nintendo and Mobile platforms.
Why the excitement about Pokemon Unite?
Pokemon is not only famous on digital media but also Pokemon franchises managed to sell billions of dollars worth of merchandise around the world, due to the craze among kids and teenagers. When on last 24th June 2020 all the prior speculation on an upcoming Pokemon game from Tencent proved to be true, many other questions started brewing among the fans about the game. In this article, we are going to talk about all we know about the Pokemon Unite game so far. We are going to discuss the probable Pokemon Unite Release Date, Pokemon Unite Characters, Pokemon Unite featured Pokemons, etc.
What do we know about Pokemon Unite?
Pokemon Unite is being developed by Tencent Gaming. It has been confirmed that Game Freak Studio, who developed most of the Pokemon Games, is not developing it, so Tencent Gaming it is. As Tencent is one of the biggest names of in-game publications for the last 3 years, we can expect good gameplay with extremely optimized performance. We all know about the huge marketing strategy and expressive microtransaction policies of Tencent Gaming, so we can expect the same from Pokemon Unity as well. Pokemon Unite In-game store is going to feature a lot of skins and other cosmetics along with season pass packages and in-game currency packages.
Pokemon Unite is going to be a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre game. So, PvP competitive gameplay is the main theme of the new Pokemon game. If you do not how it feels like to play a MOBA game, watch some videos on DOTA 2 and League of Legends gameplay. Though the game is not going to feature on the Windows platform natively, so expecting exact quality gameplay like DOTA 2 would be wrong. But one thing for sure that the gameplay would like Clash Royale, which is the most famous MOBA genre game on Android and iOS devices.
As the official announcement also said that the game would be quite like DOTA, so we can expect some resemblance of DOTA gameplay in the Pokemon Unite.
The pokemon unite is going to release for the Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch platforms. No Console or PC versions would be there. But as we know the game is from the Tencent Gaming, the developer of the Gameloop Emulator, which is the most popular Android Gaming Emulator in the market, we can expect Gameloop emulator compatibility of Pokemon Unite shortly after the launch.
There have been many games designed on Pokemon, but none of them were a Real-time strategy game like this one before. Therefore, a Pokemon based MOBA Genre and a Real-time strategy game can bring a paradigm shift in mobile gaming just like PUBG Mobile did it with Battle Royal Genre. Ye,s we can expect multiple sponsors, organizing pro-e-sports events on Pokemon Unite after a year of launch. A mobile-based MOBA genre e-sports is one the verge to go.
Pokemon Unite Release Date
The confirmation of Pokemon Unite, Tencent Gaming’s new Upcoming MOBA game, came from the Pokemon Company CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara. But he did not provide any confirmation about the release date. According to his words, the project is still under a later stage of development, and they yet to decide anything about the launch. As even at the end of July 2020 the launch is not planned yet, so we can expect the game is not hitting the market shortly. The CEO stated that the game would enter the BETA phase sometime during this year. As China is dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, so the developer must be facing various crises every day, hence we can not expect the launch sooner anyhow. As the game is entering the Beta phase this year, thus our best bet is that Pokemon Unite would launch at 2021, not before that. If the Pokemon Unite Beta comes to existence by the end of 2020, then we can expect the launch to take place on Q1/Q2, 2021.
Pokemon Unite Gameplay & Characters
Here are the links for Pokemon Unite Teaser Trailer and Gameplay Reveal Trailer
As per the trailers, we can see Pokemon Unite is going to feature a match between two 5 players’ teams. Each team would have 5 players, and each of them would be having a unique character to play with. The teams would be fighting against each other to achieve an objective in the arena, and all the players would have infinite respawn when they are dead. The characters would have the opportunity to upgrade the powers and abilities as the game advances. Also, all the characters would feature abilities that would be countering abilities to some other players, so choosing the character to play is going to be a strategic decision.
There are a lot of questions arising over which Pokemons are going to be featured in the game. Here is the confirmed list of Pokemons which are going to be featured in the game:
Apart from the above characters, the game is going to feature many other characters, and we know that Pokemon Unite also features an evolution mechanic, so the experts are assuming that Pichu, Raichu, Squirtle, Wartortle, Charmander, Charmeleon, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Cleffa, Clefairy, Machop, Machoke, Gastly, Haunter, Munchlax, Riolu, Fletchling, and Fletchinder would also be there sooner or later.
There are going to be some other non-playable characters in the game, which are Stuffle, Aipom, Toxicroak, Rotom, and Altaria.
Critical Response to the Pokemon Unite
The reveal of Pokemon Unite was a speculated one so the expectation was high, but after announcement and trailer launch it received mixed criticism and unexpected bitter reviews. It is been discussed by the experts that Pokemon Unite has the potential to open a new competitive gaming scene to old and new audiences. But many people including many of Pokemon fans put dislikes to the YouTube videos on Pokemon Gameplay Trailer and the announcement trailer. The announcement trailer received thousands of dislikes within a very short time, and reportedly it became one of the most disliked videos on Pokemon’s official YouTube channel. Though the announcement was not from the developer’s side, it was from the Pokemon Company’s side; and they said the game is still so the gameplay quality and visual quality is not final version at all. But it is still a mystery, why so many people hated the videos.
That’s all I have on the Pokemon Unite matter, I will write more o Pokemon Unite after the beta version launch and hand on gameplay. Till then bye folks.