Gotta catch ’em all!
DeNA Co. Ltd. has partnered with the Pokémon Co. for an upcoming mobile game, Pokémon Masters, set to roll out globally on iOS and Android devices this summer. In Pokémon Masters, players will embark on a new adventure to form teams of Trainers and partner Pokémon to engage in three-on-three, real-time battles.
“The Pokémon brand has captured the imagination of the world, and we are honored to create the newest Pokémon adventure for mobile devices with Pokémon Masters,” says Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA. “We look forward to sharing new ways to battle when the game releases.”
“For years, fans have created enduring memories engaging with their favorite Pokémon characters throughout the Pokémon video game series,” says Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of the Pokémon Co. “With DeNA’s development expertise, we’re excited to bring together past and present Trainers and their partner Pokémon in a unique gaming experience that will delight fans around the world.”
Pokémon Masters takes place on the island of Pasio, where the rules of battle are different and the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon is taken to the next level with sync pairs: a combination of Trainers and their partner Pokémon. Players can team up in duos, such as Korrina & Lucario, Brendan & Treecko, Clair & Kingdra, and more. At launch, there will be 65 sync pairs to recruit, with additional sync pairs to come following the game’s release.
Players will explore Pasio to meet various Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the story. Once a player has made friends with other sync pairs, they can recruit those friends to form a team of three sync pairs and battle AI opponents to become champion of the prestigious Pokémon Masters League tournament.
For the very first time in a Pokémon game, players can also direct Trainers in battle to use moves and healing items to increase a Pokémon’s stats. In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves — powerful attacks performed by specific sync pairs. Players will need to ration their move gauge, which refills over time, to deploy the best moves at the most opportune times to lead their squad to victory.
Pokémon Masters will be available worldwide as a free-to-start game with in-app purchases. The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and traditional Chinese. Fans can learn more about Pokémon Masters by watching the game’s video presentation, which also includes an original animation trailer, below.
Photos: The Pokémon Co.