Last month, The Pokemon Company and TiMI Studios announced Pokemon Unite, a Pokemon-themed MOBA for Switch and mobile.
In a recent interview with Japanese news outlet Dime, Producer Masaaki Hoshino and his team shared a few more insights into this rather interesting new project. The details include their thoughts on Pokemon Unite‘s target audience, its potential for esports, as well as why there is no release date yet.
You can check out some translated highlights below, via industry analyst Daniel Ahmed:
- Expanding the Pokémon IP to different genres is difficult and Unite was realised in large part due to Tencent’s expertise.
- It is a ‘strategic team battle game’ and not just another ‘MOBA’.
- Timing of launch is not yet decided, due to translation and development progress
- The game is aimed at all Pokémon fans and also new fans. Old and young.
- The genre is already popular among young gamers in China / East on mobile.
- The game is on Switch for the West / NA who prefer physical controls over touch.
- There will be no esports focus initially but the game could become an established esports if the player base takes it in that direction.
- Would be interested in doing world championships like with Pokken Tournament.
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