Pokemon Masters will launch for iOS and Android devices this summer, The Pokemon Company announced in an eight-minute video presentation for the DeNA-developed title.
Here is an overview of the game, via DeNA:
- Title Pokemon Masters
- Dveloper: DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Publisher: DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Platforms: Compatible iOS and Android devices (recommended specs to be announced)
- Release Date: Summer 2019
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese
- Price: Free-to-start (purchasable in-game items)
- Pokemon Masters official Twitter: @PokemonMasters
- Pokemon Masters official Facebook: @PokemonMastersGame
- Pokemon Masters official Instagram: @pokemonmastersgame
- Pokemon Masters official YouTube: PokemonMastersGame
Based on the globally popular Pokemon entertainment franchise, Pokemon Masters is a strategy and battling game for mobile devices that features 3-on-3 battles in real time. In the game, players will embark on an adventure to meet various Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the story, which takes place in a new location in the Pokemon world—the island of Pasio!
In Pokemon Masters, players will form a team of three sync pairs (a sync pair being the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokemon). This means that players will be in command of three Pokemon and three Trainers at the same time during a battle. Once a player has made friends with other sync pairs, they can recruit those friends to their team and battle to become champion of the prestigious Pokemon Masters League tournament. In addition, each sync pair has a different role, such as strike or support, so it’s important for players to not only evaluate the opponent but also form a team of sync pairs that complement one another.
For the very first time in a Pokemon game, Trainers and their partner Pokemon from every region will come together on Pasio to form sync pairs. Players can team up with duos such as Korrina & Lucario, Brendan & Treecko, Clair & Kingdra, and many more. The gathering of such a diverse group of Trainers will lead to unexpected encounters and the unfolding of a new story.
The three-on-three, real-time battle mechanic in Pokemon Masters is a novel twist on Pokemon battles. Players will be able to release a barrage of moves while their AI (artificial intelligence) opponent unleashes attacks at the same time. Each move requires a certain amount of the player’s move gauge, which will continuously refill during the course of battle. In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves—powerful attacks performed by a specific sync pair. The battle is over once a player defeats their AI opponent’s team of sync pairs. Players will need to form their team, ration their move gauge, and strategically deploy the best moves at the most opportune times to ensure victory!
- Real-Time, Three-on-Three Battles – Players will experience the all-new thrill of commanding three Pokemon and three Trainers at the same time during a battle—while also defending against their AI opponent’s team in real time.
- An All-New Location to Explore – Discover a new location in the Pokemon world—the island of Pasio. On Pasio, the rules of battle are different, allowing for 3-on-3 sync pair team battles. Adventure across Pasio to meet new Trainers, earn badges, and enter the Pokemon Masters League tournament.
- Pokemon Trainers from Every Region – Witness Trainers from throughout the Pokemon video game series interacting together for the first time.
- Stunning Original Art – Experience beautiful character visuals and must-see battle animations.
A Selection of Sync Pairs in Pokemon Masters
Sync Pair Description Appearances in the Pokemon Video Game Series Red & Charizard The silent type, this legendary, awesome Pokemon Trainer hardly talks at all. His best friend, Blue, is also his rival. Notice anything different about his clothes? Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver and others Brock & Onix Known as the rock-solid Pokemon Trainer, he is a reliable Gym Leader who watches over and supports younger Trainers. Pokemon Red and Blue and others Misty & Starmie A Gym Leader known as the Tomboyish Mermaid, she has an upbeat personality but also acts tough and takes rules very seriously. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! and others Rosa & Snivy This high-spirited young lady likes to stand out and has a strong sense of justice. Her dream is to have many battles with Trainers all over the world. Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 Blue & Pidgeot This highly skilled powerhouse Trainer prominent in Kanto is the grandson of the famous Professor Oak. Red is both his lifelong rival and his best friend. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver and others Cynthia & Garchomp This Champion of Sinnoh is an archeologist who researches the history and mythology of Pokemon. Her deep love for Pokemon sent her on an adventure when she was young. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and others Iris & Haxorus This lively young Trainer’s family lives among dragon Pokemon. Despite her youth, her skills in battle have made her a Champion. Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 and others Clair & Kingdra She is a proud, confident Gym Leader who uses Dragon-type Pokemon. Her cousin Lance is also a Dragon-type Pokemon user. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver and others Brendan & Treecko His goal is to be like his dad, Norman—a Gym Leader he really looks up to. He is a bit mischievous, but he is serious about Pokemon battles. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Flannery & Torkoal A Gym Leader with a fiery, brave personality, she can be a bit too serious and sometimes tries too hard to conduct herself properly. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and others Thorton & Bronzong He analyzes his opponents, and his knowledge of and skills with any Pokemon are the real deal. As Factory Head, he battles challengers. Pokemon Platinum Version and others Korrina & Lucario A lively Gym Leader who speeds around on roller skates, she is known as the Mega Evolution successor in her native Kalos. Pokemon X and Y Acerola & Palossand Rumored to be descended from an ancient Alolan dynasty, this Ghost-type Pokemon Trainer serves as one of the Alola region’s Elite Four. Pokemon Sun and Moon and others Barry & Piplup An incredibly impetuous, high-spirited young man who runs straight for what he wants without any hesitation, he has an earnest passion for Pokemon. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and others
Watch the video presentation, including an animated trailer and gameplay footage, below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.