Pokemon Unite has already been downloaded millions of times on Nintendo Switch, and soon that number will grow massively with its launch on Mobile platforms.
The good news is that the Pokemon Company is doing everything it needs to ensure that next week’s big launch doesn’t end in overloaded servers.
The only downside is that it means a lot of downtime and maintenance before Pokemon Unite hits Mobile.
The development team behind the hit MOBA has confirmed that Unite will be in maintenance on September 21 from 2:00PM until 12:00AM PT.
For Nintendo Switch gamers in the UK, that means Pokemon Unite becoming unplayable at around 10pm BST on the same day.
During this time, the game will not be playable while the team make adjustments and prepare for the mobile launch.
WHEN CAN I PLAY POKEMON UNITE ON MOBILE?
The Pokemon Company has confirmed that the Pokemon Unite Mobile release date has been set for Wednesday, September 22.
The Pokemon Unite Android and iOS launches are expected to happen around the same time.
And based on the maintenance being planned, Pokemon Unite should be available to play sometime after 8am BST on September 22.
A message from the Pokemon Company adds: “Pokémon UNITE was released on Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2021, and soon, Trainers will get a new way to play with the release of the mobile version on September 22, 2021.
“Preregistration has already kicked off on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you haven’t preregistered already, there’s an added incentive to do so. If preregistration totals reach 2,500,000, participants will receive a Pikachu Unite license.
“And if preregistration numbers hit 5,000,000, participants will get a special Holowear—Festival Style: Pikachu!
“If and when those thresholds are reached, claim the Pikachu Unite license and Holowear by logging in to the mobile version of Pokémon UNITE and completing the log-in event by October 31, 2021, at 7:59 a.m. PDT. Players who already have the Pikachu Unite license will receive Aeos coins instead.”
Pitting teams of Pokemon against each other is nothing new, but the gameplay included in Pokemon Unite is very different from the battles people have grown to know.
Pokemon Unite takes place on Aeos Island, a mythical location on the ocean’s unexplored frontier.
On Aeos Island, players will find the Unite Battle Committee (UBC), which runs a series of Unite Battle tournaments.
And in Unite Battles, players form teams of five and compete against each other to see who can score the most points before time runs out.
Bringing the traditional PC gameplay to Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch is not without its challenges, but it looks like plenty of fans are ready to test out the new formula.