A new beta for Pokemon Unite has been announced for 2021. However, the update has some fans believing the MOBA title won’t be coming out any time soon.
Despite being announced in June 2020, there is still a lot we don’t know about Pokemon Unite. Over eight months later, and we still don’t even have a proper release date or any indication of when it is coming out.
Given that this year’s Pokemon Day on February 27 will also celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary, fans hoped the free-to-play game would launch. But a new announcement has some disappointed and worried about the MOBA’s development.
Fans concerned over Pokemon Unite beta news
On February 16, it was revealed that Pokemon Unite is getting a regional beta in Canada sometime in March. Because the MOBA-lite hasn’t had many updates, the announcement took some fans by surprise.
Those excited to jump into the new spinoff were hoping the title would be launched sooner. The long stretch of silence from developers had players speculating that it could be launched on Pokemon Day 2021.
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While the March beta doesn’t necessarily rule out near release date, it left the community wondering if the game’s development is further out than many had assumed.
— Serebii.net (@SerebiiNet) February 16, 2021
“Beta in March? So it won’t release on Pokemon Day,” one fan wrote. Others speculated that the beta announcement meant Unite has less of a chance of coming out on the day “I was legit convinced they’d be shadow dropping this game for Pokemon day next week. Guess they are running a bit slower than I thought. Probably May full release then,” another player tweeted.
Not everyone was bothered by the news though, as some fans are still not excited about the MOBA. “Don’t think ive ever been more uninterested in a Pokemon Game…” one person commented. Another quipped, “oh right this game exists, completely forgot about it.”
Only time will tell if the new series will win the community over once it launches. The latest update has some thinking the MOBA-lite won’t be dropping anytime soon. Although it should be pointed out that the beta does not rule anything out.
Conversely, Game Freak never promised Unite would be launched during Pokemon Day 2021. One thing is for sure though, the free-to-play title has been shrouded in a lot of mystery as developers have been fairly quiet about it for months.