It has just been a day since Pokémon Unite has been announced, yet there’s already rage around it. The bad kind, I mean.
Fans seem to take the announcement as something in the same realm as Blizzard’s Diablo Immortal kerfuffle. The main flak is that, instead of giving fans a new main-title game, Pokémon gave us a free-to-play mobile game (it’s also available on Switch, no surprise!) that’s obviously made to get a crap-ton of money from in-app purchases.
To add salt on the wound, the entire preview shows a game that feels like a mod/reskin of League Of Legends (not a bad game to mod/reskin, to be sure). That doesn’t come as a surprise, because for the game, The Pokémon Company worked with Chinese gaming conglomerate, the same folks that distribute the popular MOBA game.
The game, which follows the general rules of a typical MOBA, requires teams of 5 to battle another team for point/towers/titan destruction. The interesting bit, of course, is that because it’s Pokémon, the characters here will evolve into different forms as they level up.
The Pokémon Company has yet to announce an official release date, but have published a full gameplay trailer, which you can check here: