The future is unwritten when it comes to Pokémon Unite
Esports might very well be in the cards for new battle game.
Talk about leaving all the options open, which is to say it’s possible that Pokémon Unite might be pointed towards a future in ESports, or maybe it isn’t.
Sitting down with the Japanese website Dime, the Unite development team suggested that the online multiplayer battle game’s fans will determine what direction things go in.
Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad translated portions of the interview, highlights including that “the game could become an established esports if the player base takes it in that direction”. If that happens, it’s conceivable that there would be world championships similar to the Pokken Tournament.
Developed in conjunction with Tencent, Pokémon Unite is a cross-platform League of Legends-style title featuring five-on-five action, with each team having a home base.
Players try to capture Pokémon while taking down the enemy, with characters at one’s disposal including Pikachu, Snorlax, Talonflame, Charizard, Lucario, and Gengar.
The team responsible for the game describes it like this: “Pokémon UNITE introduces a new kind of Pokémon battle—one that requires teamwork and strategy. It is simple and yet full of intricacies waiting to be unpacked.”
An official release date for the game has not been announced.