The Pokémon Company has today revealed Pokémon Unite, a new team-based battle game heading to Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

The news comes from today's Pokémon Presents livestream hosted by company president, Tsunekazu Ishihara, who announced that the game is being made in conjunction with Tencent Games' TiMi Studios.

It'll be a free-to-start experience that includes crossplay across Switch and mobile, with players coming together to compete in real-time battles. A release date hasn't yet been shared, with more information on the game's release promised to arrive in the future.

Pokémon UNITE is the first strategic Pokémon team battle game. Players face off against each other in five-on-five team battles. During these battles, players will cooperate with teammates to catch wild Pokémon, level up and evolve their own Pokémon. They will need to defeat their opponents’ Pokémon while trying to earn more points than the opposing team within the allotted time. Pokémon UNITE will be free-to-start.

Pokemon Unite

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