During todayâ€™s PokÃ©mon Presents livestream, The PokÃ©mon Company announced that PokÃ©mon Unite will become available for iOS and Android on September 22. The strategic battle game came out for Nintendo Switch in late July, but its arrival on mobile devices will expand the gameâ€™s potential user base.
For users already playing on Nintendo Switch, fear not â€” the game allows cross-platform play, which means you can play on your Switch, then pick up where you left off on mobile. All users can play together regardless of which device theyâ€™re using, and itâ€™s not necessary to have a Switch to get the mobile game. PokÃ©mon Unite is free-to-start with microtransactions â€” you can purchase in-game currency to get certain items or PokÃ©mon.
The presentation also unveiled new gameplay footage and feature news for upcoming Nintendo Switch releases: PokÃ©mon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (November 19, 2021), remakes of the Nintendo DS games from 2006 and PokÃ©mon Legends: Arceus (January 28, 2022), the first open-world RPG in the PokÃ©mon universe.
Like previous main series game remakes, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will expand upon the original gamesâ€™ foundation and introduce features that appeared in later games, like Following PokÃ©mon, Secret Bases and â€” very importantly â€” changing your trainerâ€™s outfit. The game will also include re-designed features from its original release, like designing PokÃ© Ball capsules and competing in PokÃ©mon Contests.
But for the first time in a PokÃ©mon Game, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will introduce a new aspect of gameplay called the Sinnoh Underground. Players can collect statues of PokÃ©mon for their Secret Base, and depending on which statues are on display, different PokÃ©mon will appear in PokÃ©mon Hideaways within the Sinnoh Underground. To commemorate the 15-year-old gamesâ€™ remakes, on November 5, 2021, Nintendo will release a â€œDialga and Palkia Editionâ€ of the Nintendo Switch Lite, which features the legendary PokÃ©mon in gold and silver on a grey console.
Then, the PokÃ©mon Company shared more information about PokÃ©mon Legends: Arceus, a first-of-its-kind release for the iconic franchise. Fans have compared its open-world design to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is the fourth-best-selling Nintendo Switch game with 23.2 million copies sold, but others say itâ€™s more similar to Monster Hunter. The new game introduces the Hisui Region (an ancient version of the Sinnoh Region), along with new PokÃ©mon like a grandpa-esque Growlithe, and an evolution of Basculin called Basculegion, which can evolve when â€œpossessed by the souls of other Basculin from their school that could not withstand the harsh journey upstreamâ€â€¦ Yes, this is a childrenâ€™s franchise.
Nightmare-inducing new PokÃ©mon aside, the livestream revealed more information about how exactly this new type of PokÃ©mon game will work.
Like standard PokÃ©mon games, players will set out on a mission to complete a PokÃ©dex, but rather than training to become â€œthe best like no one ever was,â€ they will be part of an expedition team, conducting survey work to learn more about the nature of PokÃ©mon and the secrets they hold. In between field assignments, players can heal their party, craft items, and buy supplies at outposts (ancient PokÃ©mon Centers?). PokÃ©mon Legends: Arceus will also introduce a new battle style â€” like PokÃ©mon Unite, it wonâ€™t simply repurpose the turn-based gameplay weâ€™ve been accustomed to since the first PokÃ©mon games were released in 1998.
Anyway, these games seem promising, but just try your best not to think about Basculegion.