Announced June 2020, the long-awaited Pokémon MOBA, Pokémon Unite releases on Nintendo Switch next week on July 21st at long last. The game is also expected to release on iOS and Android with cross-play functionality. The mobile versions do not have a set release date, and currently, the game isn’t expected until September of this year.
Like most MOBA’s, Pokémon Unite is Free-to-Play and features 5v5 battles in an arena split into two halves. Teams score points by defeating other Pokémon in the wild and taking the fight to opponents’ control points to outscore them! Outside of Blizzards’ Heroes of the Storm, Pokémon Unite is more than likely the most extensive IP turned MOBA out there. With Pokémon being the massive franchise that it is, and with little to no competition on the Switch, the game itself will surely see incredible success if done right.
As with all MOBA’s, Pokémon Unite will be free to start and offers in-game purchases such as additional Pokémon to use in battle and currency for other in-game purchases. How far down that rabbit hole goes will ultimately depend on how reliant the game is on microtransactions.
To celebrate the launch of Pokémon Unite, new players can get the electric-type Pokémon, Zeraora, as a timed exclusive; but only if you log in before August 31, 2021.
Pokémon Unite is available for preorder in the Nintendo eShop now and will be playable on July 21, 2021.
Speaking of Nintendo Switch, Best Buy is currently offering a free ScanDisk memory card with every Switch Lite purchase until July 25th.