During the Pokémon press conference held in the early morning, The Pokémon Company has announced the new video game in which DeNA works. This is Pokémon Masters, a mobile RPG (iOS and Android) that brings together the most outstanding coaches of the franchise and its most characteristic creatures to participate in massive battles.
According to Tsunekazu Ishihara, producer of the series, the idea comes from the legendary Ken Sugimori, one of the main artists of Game Freak and also designer of the main illustration of the game. The details are very scarce at the moment, but at least we have been able to see a brief presentation video to delight ourselves with the animations and speculate about the combat system.
Among the coaches shown are Máximo and Metagross, Dianta and Gardevoir, Rojo and Mega Charizard X, Cintia and Garchomp, Lance and Dragonite, Brock and Onyx, Nanci and Serperior, Azul and Pidgeot, Misty and Starmie, and unpublished protagonists. As you can see, the character template extends across all generations and ages.
The combat system, on the other hand, is somewhat mysterious. As it happens in the trunk games, it seems that we will play in turns, but the interface is quite different. The games are three against three – something they have tested in their Black and White days – and shows a menu of five actions for each Pokémon. In one of them we see movements, in other objects and the one in the center an elementary symbol with a number. It’s probably a new mechanics, but in any case it leaves with only two remaining holes, maybe for more movements? In that case, each Pokémon would have three movements instead of four, as usual. We will have to wait a little longer to have more information about it.
The Pokémon Company will have anticipated that Pokémon Masters will arrive at some point of the “2019 year of the calendar” (in opposition to fiscal year 2019) , which ends in March 2020.) If you have been wanting to know more, take note: more details will be offered in June, we assume that close to E3 2019.
Dreaming of becoming a Pokémon master? This is your time!
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 29, 2019