Pokémon Masters—the latest title in the Pokémon franchise— was supposed to make its way to the Play Store and App Store later this year. We didn't know much about the game, other than the fact that it would be more trainer focussed. Today, DeNA Co., Ltd.and The Pokémon Company revealed more gameplay content and features for Pokémon Masters in a new trailer.
Here are some of the new features we can expect in the game, based on what we've seen in the trailer.
- Cooperative Play – Join two players from around the world for three-player co-op against AI opponents. Work together to unleash the unity attack, a special coordinated attack from all three sync pairs (a sync pair is the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon).
- 3-on-3 Real-Time Battling System – Witness the thrill of the 3-on-3 real-time battling system. The trailer offers a look at Trainers teaming up with their partner Pokémon to unleash powerful sync moves.
- Pokémon Masters League – Compete in the Pokémon Masters League tournament, which features 3-on-3 battles that take place only on the artificial island of Pasio. In this tournament, Gym Leaders, Elite Four members, Champions, and all-stars from every region of the Pokémon world have formed sync pair teams. Players will battle these teams all across Pasio to obtain badges and become champion of the Pokémon Masters League.
- Sygna Suits(not pictured in the trailer) – Special outfits that Trainers can wear into battle. When Trainers wear a Sygna Suit, their partner Pokémon changes to match. For example, when Brock dons his Sygna Suit, he teams up with Tyranitar instead of Onix.
Pokémon Masters is one of the few titles in the franchise that isn't focused on capturing Pokémon. The market is already chock full of games centred around that concept, and it's about time someone tried something different. There is still no official word on the actual release date of Pokémon Masters. The game appears to be in its final stages of completion, so an open beta can be expected in the coming weeks.