New York (CNN Business)The billion dollar Pokémon franchise now has two new games.
The Pokémon Company on Wednesday announced “Pokémon Unite,” a new game for the Nintendo Switch and mobile. And “Pokémon Café Mix” arrives on the Nintendo Switch and mobile Wednesday.
For fans of Pokémon, “Pokémon Unite” might lead the way towards more multiplayer experiences. Traditionally on console and mobile, Pokémon games allow you to trade with other players but your ability to interact with them is limited. Nintendo’s multiplayer experience requires an additional subscription and sometimes connecting can be slow and bumpy.
Unlike other turn-based Pokémon battles, Pokémon Unite features live fighting. It’s made by Tencent’s TiMi Studios, which also developed “Call of Duty: Mobile.”
Tencent (the gameplay shown on Wednesday, Pokémon Unite shares many similarities with Tencent’s other multiplayer online battle arena games.) owns “League of Legends” developer Riot Games, which has recently begun to release mobile games. From
The scenery, the way Pokémons’ health points are depicted, and even the skills they use are arranged on the screen in a way that will be familiar to mobile fans.
Pokémon Unite is a five-versus-five teamfight that’s free to play and offers Nintendo Switch gamers a chance to play alongside mobile users. The game has no release date as of yet.