What is the release date for Pokémon Unite?

A Pokémon battle arena.

Pokémon Unite will be a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) where players take control of their favorite Pokémon and battle it out in five-versus-five matches. You will be able to play it on the Nintendo Switch and smartphone devices, and when it launches, it will support cross-play across these platforms. The game works a little differently than most MOBAs, and following the game’s initial announcement, we do not have any precise details about when it will release. Tencent’s TiMi Studios are developing it. 

More details about the official release of the game will likely come out throughout the summer, along with more information about Pokémon Unite‘s gameplay mechanics. The live stream gave a quick overview of a game with ten players battling it out while commentary provided play-by-plays during the presentation. The players in Unite will capture Pokémon, bring them back to their goalposts to collect points, and level up their Pokémon, eventually evolving them. The more Pokémon players catch, the more points and experience they gain throughout the game.

When it does launch, it will be free-to-play across all of the available platforms. The gameplay footage showed off plenty of fan-favorite playable Pokémon, such as Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Gengar, Snorlax, Clefairy, Lucario, and several others. More will likely be playable once the game is available. The footage shown in the Pokémon Presents live stream is not the final build of the game, and will likely change.