Pokémon has a lot of games out there, mostly dedicated to Nintendo’s various consoles. One of the areas it could use some growth, though, is mobile. Which is strange, considering so many people would download and play more games featuring the (mostly) adorable pocket monsters. Just like we saw with Pokémon GO. And maybe now we’ll see that all over again.
If you’ll recall, back in June we heard about a new game called Pokémon Unite, which was initially announced for the Nintendo Switch, but with a goal to launch on iOS and Android at some point in the future, too. Nintendo and the Pokémon Company said it would arrive on supported mobile devices sometime in September. And now we have a launch date.
Today, it was confirmed the five-on-five multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) will launch on September 22, 2021, for both iOS and Android devices. It originally launched in July on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re interested in the title and want to show your interest –and earn some free in-game rewards– you can pre-register for the title now for iOS and Android.
Whether you play on mobile or the Switch, you’ll be tossed into an arena with all the platforms. This means you’ll be able to play with or against folks on Switch if you’re jumping into a match on your iPhone, and vice versa (with some Android thrown in there for good measure). What’s more, there’s cross-progression here, too. So if you link your account on both platforms of your choice, you’ll get to keep your progress as you play.
Here’s an incentive to pre-register:
If you haven’t preregistered already, there’s an added incentive to do so. If preregistration totals reach 2,500,000, participants will receive a Pikachu Unite license. And if preregistration numbers hit 5,000,000, participants will get a special Holowear—Festival Style: Pikachu!
Pokémon Unite is a title similar in play style to other mega-popular MOBA like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm, among others. Players get to choose a single character, in this case a pocket monster like Pikachu or many others, and then join four additional players on their team to take on five enemy players. There is a standard attack option, but each Pokémon is also equipped with several different special attacks as well.
It will be interesting to see how well this title does on mobile. Are you planning on installing Pokémon Unite when it launches next month?