Unveiled today, Pokémon Co-Master is a board game-style Pokémon title for iOS and Android.

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According to The Pokémon Company, the game is Pokémon meets jinkouchinou (人工知能), which is the Japanese word for artificial intelligence. The combination, The Pokémon Company says, makes for a new Pocket Monster experience.

The game, which is free-to-play with online, is a mixture of traditional Pokémon mechanics (capture, train, battle) with strategy-heavy board games like Japanese chess or Go. The game is called “Co-Master” for good reason: The A.I. is also designed to help players as well, apparently making Pokémon Co-Master approachable for beginners.

Pokémon Co-Master was developed by Tokyo-based Heroz, known for creating artificial intelligence that has defeated professional shogi (Japanese chess) players in exhibition matches.

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Service for the game begins this spring in Japan. No word yet about a Western release.

Top image: The Pokemon Company

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