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Pokémon Unite Is A DOTA-Style Arena Battler With Pokémon

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Screenshot: The Pokémon Company (Kotaku)

This morning The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Unite, a team-based mobile battle arena game created in cooperation with China’s Tencent. It’s free-to-play PokéDOTA for Switch and mobile devices.

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You read right. It’s a five-on-five team-based MOBA in which players battle as pocket monsters, evolving and gaining new powers as they level up during matches.

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During this morning’s stream, which can be watched in its entirety below, The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara participated in a Pokémon Unite match with nine other players, complete with running commentary.

No word on when Pokémon Unite will be released or who this game is supposed to be for. Time will tell.

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DISCUSSION

firedragon400
MegaBlastoise

LOL at all that hype for another fucking mobile game. At least Smile was adorable.

This could have been really cool if you could bring in your Pokémon from HOME, but it looks like that’s not the case.

EDIT: Didn't pay attention, but somebody noted on Twitter that apparently the battle didn't take type advantages into account which... wow. That's gonna kill even more interest.