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Pokemon Company announce new MOBA game in development: Pokemon Unite

Published: 24/Jun/2020 15:01 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 15:11

by Paul Cot

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After a week of build up, the Pokemon Company have announced they are partnering with Tencent Games to bring a brand new Pokemon experience with Pokemon Unite.

The partnership for a new game between the two was first announced in July of 2019. Little under a year later and that game has finally been revealed.

Pokemon’s first MOBA game

Pokemon Unite is a free-to-start MOBA game that aims to bring a strategic take to the Pokemon franchise. There will be 5v5 team battles where players will cooperate with one another to catch, level up, fight, and evolve Pokemon.

Tsunekazu Ishihara, President and CEO of The Pokemon Company, revealed that the development concept behind Pokemon Unite was to “create a Pokemon game that anyone could pick up and enjoy immediately.” However, it does appear that the game will also cater to competitive players as well.

Pokemon Unite 5v5 Team Battles
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Expect crazy battles with teams of 5v5 in Pokemon Unite…

The real-time battles will feature the most Pokemon that have been seen in a battle yet. Two teams of five Pokemon is guaranteed to create carnage!

As with any Pokemon battle, the goal is to defeat your opponents. These battles take place in the Battle Arena where your side is on the left and opponents on the right.

It isn’t clear whether this switches around for each player. On each team’s side, there are a total of five goals (scoring areas). Only one Battle Arena was showcased during the announcement, so it is currently unknown whether there will be multiple battle settings.

You can watch the entire presentation on Pokemon Unite below.

In-depth strategy

Only brief details were revealed but it already looks like the strategy behind the game will be fairly in-depth. From Unite moves that can take out multiple opponents, teaming up against particular Pokemon, and securing double points in the final two-minutes are already elements that trainers will need to consider. In addition to this, there will be no type advantages either. Whether this is because of general balance or just a mere design choice, we’ll have to wait and see how this impacts the general gameplay.

Pokemon Unite Battle Arena
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The Battle Arena is the setting for all battles in Pokemon Unite…

Pokemon Unite is a free-to-start game. This likely means while it is indeed free-to-play, there will be micro-transactions involved and ones that may help you win.

It will be available on both the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, and will also feature cross-platform play between both platforms. Any differences between the two weren’t revealed.

No release date has been announced but hopefully, we will hear something soon!

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.