The Internet Reacts To Pokemon Unite, Pokemon’s First MOBA

The Internet Reacts To Pokemon Unite, Pokemon’s First MOBA
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Pokemon getting a 5v5 MOBA spin-off wasn’t on my 2020 bingo card. But hey! Pokemon Unite is a thing we’ll all be able to play at some undisclosed date. Naturally, everyone felt quite strongly about it.

Announced overnight, Pokemon Unite is a 5v5 MOBA featuring Pokemon. It’s being made by Tencent and Timi, the latter being the same developers responsible for Call of Duty Mobile.

The game showed 10 playable characters below. The original three starters feature, as well as Pikachu, Gengar, Snorlax, Clefairy and Lucario.

But since literally no-one had picked Pokemon Unite for the surprise announcement, the response was … not kind.

Some users were confused by the “free to start” terminology, which Nintendo previously used when announcing Pokemon Cafe Mix recently.

The trailer on the official Pokemon channel has copped a similar reaction, with almost three times the downvotes to upvotes. A lot of the criticism there was levelled at Tencent’s involvement, raising concerns about microtransactions.

The official Pokemon sub-reddit made its feelings fairly clear.

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Not all fans were against the idea of a Pokemon MOBA. But some fans wondered why Pokemon Unite wasn’t announced during last week’s Direct. Others also noted that a Pokemon MOBA is principally fine — but they’d have preferred it be fleshed out into a bigger game than what’s ordinarily released on mobile.

Supporters of the game pointed out that Tencent has their own esports world tour, and that Pokemon Unite will open up the franchise to a massive audience in China.

Also, this tweet aged rather well:



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