The five-on-five free-to-play Pokémon Unite will first arrive on Nintendo’s hybrid handheld, the Nintendo Switch, while the smartphone version will have to wait a little longer. The Unite team says the mobile version is planned for September, although cross-play between smartphones and Nintendo Switch is being prepared.
Nintendo has already set a release date for the Pokémon Unite, so Nintendo Switch players can start fighting in the battle arena as early as next week, on July 21, 2021.
Login using the Pokémon Trainer Club or Nintedo account will allow you to access game data on any device, which will allow for cross-progression as well. Therefore, although the platforms are not released simultaneously, at least data can be transported when the smartphone and Switch versions are active.
Entering the Switch version on August 31st will also earn you a free character, Zeraora. The Electric-type Pokémon is fast and can do massive damage, with its Unite move (read: ultimate) sending out a powerful explosion, leaving a zone of plasma around the impact site.
Pokémon Unite is a MOBA-style approach to the world of Pokémon, where you can take control of individual monsters and level them up, upgrading their abilities and scoring defeats on opponents.
There are a lot of pocket monsters to play in the battle arena. The current programming on the site has a very good variety, ranging from the expected (Pikachu, Greninja) to some cool and unusual choices (Cramorant Crew). And with a bit of cross-play and cross-progression, it’s good to know that Pokémon skins can move to the mobile version.
We’ll see how putting Pokémon in the Battle Arena behaves next week when Pokémon Unite hits the Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2021, and it’s also expectable to know when the mobile version will be available as it will open up the game to even more players.