The Pokemon Company and DeNA gave trainers a pleasant surprise when Pokemon Masters was released early.
However, despite the early launch, a lot of fans were left disappointed when the servers crashed, making it very difficult to get into the game. The message that trainers were greeted by was "20101 - Please check your connection and try again."
Fortunately, it seems these issues have alleviated and trainers can now enjoy the much anticipated Pokemon Masters game. It is available on iOS and Android and has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times on the Google Play Store.
Pokemon Masters provides a different take in comparison to other Pokemon games. It focuses on team battles whereby you partner up with other trainers who have exclusive Pokemon to them.
You will need to grow your relationships with other trainers as opposed to purely focusing on growing a team of Pokemon - something which has been the core premise of the mainline games from yesteryear.
The game appears to be targeted at more casual players as Pokemon weaknesses have been simplified to just one type. This means a water-type that traditionally is weak against both grass and electric, will only be weak against one of them.
The title of the game is named after the tournament taking place to determine the champion. Trainers from previous games will be found throughout the region including the likes of Brock and Misty. The setting for the game is the islands of Pasio, which can be seen below.
This is contrast to the traditional format of embarking on your adventure in an attempt to catch 'em all and become that regions' Pokemon champion. Of course there is also Pokemon Go which adds a virtual reality element to Pokemon whereby your primary task is to catch 'em all and doesn't have a narrative.
DeNA's first Pokemon game (in collaboration with the Pokemon Company) has already surpassed demand expectations which has been evidenced by the servers crashing. Only time will tell if it can get anywhere near the likes of Pokemon Go.