The Pokémon Company has announced that it has teamed up with TiMi Studio Group to develop a new Pokémon game.
Owned by Chinese powerhouse Tencent, the developer is known for their expertise from working on mobile games such as Arena of Valor and Call of Duty: Mobile.
Meanwhile, until we learn more about what they’re exactly working on, this summer will see the release of the DeNA-developed Pokémon Masters on mobile.
That game takes place on the island of Pasio, where the rules of battle are different and the treasured bond between Trainer and their partner Pokémon is taken to the next level in Sync Pairs.
There will be 65 Sync Pairs to recruit in Pokémon Masters at launch, with more to come in time. To participate in 3-on-3 real-time battles, you must form teams from the Sync Pairs as you set out to become champion of the Pokémon Masters League.
That will let you team up with duos such as Korrina and Lucario, Brendan and Treecko, Clair and Kingdra, Cynthia and Garchomp, and more. You will meet Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the game’s story, who can then be recruited to your team.
In the real-time battles, you must sparingly release a barrage of moves at your AI opponent – the move gauge needing to refill over time. You can also direct Trainers to use moves and healing items to increase a Pokémon’s stats, while calling on more powerful Sync Moves when available.
Pokémon Masters will release as a free-to-start game with in-app purchases on compatible iOS and Android devices worldwide this summer.