The Pokemon themed MOBA, pokemon unite, features a new game mode that allows players to catch wild Pokémon. The new mode, called “Catch ’em Battles” will be playable from May 30 on Switch and mobile devices.
pokemon unite is the free to play Switch and mobile exclusive MOBA where players take control of their favorite pocket monsters in 5v5 battles with other players. Catch ’em Battles reduces team size to 4v4, but also brings back one of the franchise’s core elements: catching Pokémon in the wild and using them in battle. After weakening a wild Pokémon through battle in the current mode, players will be able to use a Pokéball to recruit them. Once caught, players can switch to that Pokémon and control it with the touch of a button.
Not only will this allow fans to switch which moves they have access to, but switching during battle will also give an advantage if the backup Pokemon is still at full health. This will greatly expand the current number of playable Pokémon in the game, though it’s unclear at this time if any wild Pokémon will be selectable as the default character.
pokemon unite was seen as a very accessible and beginner-friendly MOBA, which is generally seen as more “hardcore”, thanks to the shorter game length and less complex mechanics. However, it was heavily criticized by many for implementing pay-to-win elements as well as a lackluster subscription model. Hopefully this new mode will be available to everyone, and hopefully this indicates more support and changes to improve this title.