We knew that the Pokemon Company would be unveiling their next "big project" today thanks to the Pokemon Presents that aired last week. Now we finally know what that project is: Pokemon Unite!
Once again, Pokemon Company president Tsunekaza Ishihara introduced the Pokemon Presents, as he did last week. Pokemon Unite is a strategic battle game, developed in tandem with Tencent Games. It's not just those two, however; Timi Studios, is working with the two to develop the new game.
Pokemon Unite is a co-operative game developed so that anyone can pick it up and play. Masaaki Hoshino, developer of Pokemon Unite, introduced a short gameplay video that showed two teams of five Pokemon, all controlled by individual players.
On each team's side, there are a total of five scoring areas. You need to catch Pokemon to score points within the time limit and beat the opposing team. All player-controlled Pokemon start out at level one, and you'll need to defeat other Pokemon to level up from there.
Once you level up enough, you can unlock special Unite moves, which can deal damage to multiple Pokemon at once. It's a real-time battle between two teams of five players, and you'll need to use teamwork to overcome your opponents.
Pokemon Unite will be launching as a free-to-play game on both mobile devices and Nintendo Switch. There's no word on a release date just yet, but it'll be cross-play between all platforms.
This all follows on from the relatively packed Pokemon Presents that first aired last week, exactly one week ago on June 17. The headline reveal from the showcase was the return of Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch, a sequel that fans have been absolutely clamouring for since 1999.
Elsewhere, Pokemon Cafe Mix has just launched for the Switch and mobile devices. It pairs the charming Pokemon aesthetics and running a cafe with cracking tsum-tsum puzzles to serve customers delicacies.
In Pokemon's more immediate future though, there's the Crown Tundra DLC to look forward to later this year. The Isle of Armor expansion launched for both Pokemon Sword and Shield last week, bringing in a host of new creatures as well as returning favorites, and the Crown Tundra will be taking us to a new frozen region later in 2020.