In May we learned from a DeNA financial briefing that the developer had teamed up with The Pokémon Company to release a smartphone game based on the Pokémon license, and today the studio has unveiled new details about this upcoming title. It's called Pokémon Masters, and apparently, it's a 3v3 real-time strategy battle game that will land on Android sometime this summer.
If you enjoy collecting digital content, then you're going to love Pokémon Masters, but instead of collecting Pokémon, you will have to obtain many different trainers. The trailer above details the fact that trainers will be matched with certain Pokémon types, so if your trainer comes from a grass region on the new Island of Pasio, then they should be paired with a grass type Pokémon. Essentially you'll adventure around this island collecting trainers to form 3-person teams that will battle other teams of trainers in waves, much like you would in MARVEL Strike Force and the endless number of clones already available on the Play Store.
Plenty of fanservice is expected, as you will run into many of the notable trainers from the mainline series, but so far few other details have been provided. We still don't know how the game will be monetized, but if I had to take a guess it seems pretty clear that Pokémon Masters already exudes the majority of hallmarks of a free-to-play mobile game. So far the only date provided for the release is a tentative "summer 2019," and we still don't know exactly how many Pokémon will appear in the title, though it looks like many different generations will be included that span from Red and Blue all the way up to Sun and Moon.
We've known about the existence of Pokémon Masters for a little while now, but it's still nice to have a name to put to the game, along with a better idea of how it will play. While I would have much preferred something a little more original than yet another strategy-based battle game, I have no doubt the majority of Pokémon fans will dive into this release with gusto whenever it lands this summer. Hopefully, DeNA will provide a closer look at the upcoming release before that day arrives so we'll have a better idea of exactly what to expect.
Pokémon Masters Fact Sheet
GAME TITLE: Pokémon Masters
DEVELOPER: DeNA Co., Ltd.
PUBLISHER: DeNA Co., Ltd.
AVAILABLE PLATFORMS: Compatible iOS and Android devices (recommended specs to be announced)
PLANNED RELEASE DATE: Summer 2019
AVAILABLE LANGUAGES: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese
PRICE: Free-to-start (purchasable in-game items)
- Pokémon Masters official Twitter: Twitter.com/PokemonMasters
- Pokémon Masters official Facebook: Facebook.com/PokemonMastersGame
- Pokémon Masters official Instagram: Instagram.com/pokemonmastersgame
- Pokémon Masters official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PokemonMastersGame
Based on the globally popular Pokémon entertainment franchise, Pokémon Masters is a strategy and battling game for mobile devices that features 3-on-3 battles in real time. In the game, players will embark on an adventure to meet various Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the story, which takes place in a new location in the Pokémon world—the island of Pasio!
In Pokémon Masters, players will form a team of three sync pairs (a sync pair being the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon). This means that players will be in command of three Pokémon and three Trainers at the same time during a battle. Once a player has made friends with other sync pairs, they can recruit those friends to their team and battle to become champion of the prestigious Pokémon Masters League tournament. In addition, each sync pair has a different role, such as strike or support, so it’s important for players to not only evaluate the opponent but also form a team of sync pairs that complement one another.
For the very first time in a Pokémon game, Trainers and their partner Pokémon from every region will come together on Pasio to form sync pairs. Players can team up with duos such as Korrina & Lucario, Brendan & Treecko, Clair & Kingdra, and many more. The gathering of such a diverse group of Trainers will lead to unexpected encounters and the unfolding of a new story.
The 3-on-3, real-time battle mechanic in Pokémon Masters is a novel twist on Pokémon battles. Players will be able to release a barrage of moves while their AI (artificial intelligence) opponent unleashes attacks at the same time. Each move requires a certain amount of the player’s move gauge, which will continuously refill during the course of battle. In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves—powerful attacks performed by a specific sync pair. The battle is over once a player defeats their AI opponent’s team of sync pairs. Players will need to form their team, ration their move gauge, and strategically deploy the best moves at the most opportune times to ensure victory!
- Real-Time, 3-on-3 Battles—Players will experience the all-new thrill of commanding three Pokémon and three Trainers at the same time during a battle—while also defending against their AI opponent’s team in real time.
- An All-New Location to Explore—Discover a new location in the Pokémon world—the island of Pasio. On Pasio, the rules of battle are different, allowing for 3-on-3 sync pair team battles. Adventure across Pasio to meet new Trainers, earn badges, and enter the Pokémon Masters League tournament.
- Pokémon Trainers from Every Region—Witness Trainers from throughout the Pokémon video game series interacting together for the first time.
- Stunning Original Art—Experience beautiful character visuals and must-see battle animations.
A Selection of Sync Pairs in Pokémon Masters
Sync Pair Description Appearances in the Pokémon Video Game Series Red & Charizard The silent type, this legendary, awesome Pokémon Trainer hardly talks at all. His best friend, Blue, is also his rival. Notice anything different about his clothes? Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and others Brock & Onix Known as the rock-solid Pokémon Trainer, he is a reliable Gym Leader who watches over and supports younger Trainers. Pokémon Red and Blue and others Misty & Starmie A Gym Leader known as the Tomboyish Mermaid, she has an upbeat personality but also acts tough and takes rules very seriously. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! and others Rosa & Snivy This high-spirited young lady likes to stand out and has a strong sense of justice. Her dream is to have many battles with Trainers all over the world. Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Blue & Pidgeot This highly skilled powerhouse Trainer prominent in Kanto is the grandson of the famous Professor Oak. Red is both his lifelong rival and his best friend. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and others Cynthia & Garchomp This Champion of Sinnoh is an archeologist who researches the history and mythology of Pokémon. Her deep love for Pokémon sent her on an adventure when she was young. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and others Iris & Haxorus This lively young Trainer’s family lives among dragon Pokémon. Despite her youth, her skills in battle have made her a Champion. Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 and others Clair & Kingdra She is a proud, confident Gym Leader who uses Dragon-type Pokémon. Her cousin Lance is also a Dragon-type Pokémon user. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and others Brendan & Treecko His goal is to be like his dad, Norman—a Gym Leader he really looks up to. He is a bit mischievous, but he is serious about Pokémon battles. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Flannery & Torkoal A Gym Leader with a fiery, brave personality, she can be a bit too serious and sometimes tries too hard to conduct herself properly. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and others Thorton & Bronzong He analyzes his opponents, and his knowledge of and skills with any Pokémon are the real deal. As Factory Head, he battles challengers. Pokémon Platinum Version and others Korrina & Lucario A lively Gym Leader who speeds around on roller skates, she is known as the Mega Evolution successor in her native Kalos. Pokémon X and Y Acerola & Palossand Rumored to be descended from an ancient Alolan dynasty, this Ghost-type Pokémon Trainer serves as one of the Alola region’s Elite Four. Pokémon Sun and Moon and others Barry & Piplup An incredibly impetuous, high-spirited young man who runs straight for what he wants without any hesitation, he has an earnest passion for Pokémon. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and others
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