Pokemon Unite - League of Legends with Pokemon?

Pokemon UNITE was revealed to the community only a day ago, with massive promises to rekindle the lore of the Pokemon series and to entertain the community with a soundly worked MOBA experience to take online. Let's take a closer look at the title and specifically, why it's garnering so much hate. 

Developed by the mobile gaming giant of Tencent, together with Game Freak and The Pokemon Company, the free title, with in-game purchases looks to marry both Nintendo Switch and mobile gamers through cross-play. The MOBA gameplay works out as a frantic rush to score more points, capture more Pokemon, than your opponennts on the map in a 5v5 Team Battle. 

Your very own collection of Pokemon, through practice, may slowly grow more experienced and unlock new individual abilities which altogether conjure a deadly squadron of personalised Pokemon. There will be varying playstyles, corresponding to the type of Pokemon owned. 

This all sounds great - so why isn't the community completely on board? 

I'm no Pokemon fan, but from the list of comments and the shocking like-dislike ratio in favour of the latter, it's clear to me that the community wanted more. The community was demanding two things: either a new MMO or a remake of one of the earlier classics. Check out the trailer below: 

It is a mixed bag though - some fans are enthusiastic for a new experience, though many fear that the MOBA experience will not be casual enough. The Pokemon community has never been too based on PVP battles and moreso boasting to your friends as to how many Pokemon you've collected and how rare they are - so maybe that's why a MOBA isn't sitting too well with the majority. 

Personally, I think the community should give this title a chance. Tencent is the giant behind the best mobile games of the year - PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile amongst others, which both foster esports scene. Similar success could be scene here, so I'd wait for the release of Pokemon Unite before judging. 

Let us know your thoughts on Pokemon Unite in the comments section below and if you're interested in playing!

Posted by Gabriel Sciberras on 28th June 2020, 18:00

I'm Gabriel - 19 year-old dental student attending university working as a part-time esports journalist. I've been doing this for 3 years now. Having worked with GMR Entertainment in the past, I've come on board to write some articles this summer :).

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