Made by the same team behind the popular smartphone versions of Super Mario, Animal Crossing, and Mario Kart, Pokemon Masters is a new mobile game with a focus on story, strategy, and battles. It's set to be a story-driven experience, one where players will engage in three-on-three real-time battles against AI opponents. The game includes popular trainers from other core games in the franchise, too.
You'll partner them with Pokemon in the all-new location of Pasio, the island home to the Pokemon Masters League. Every Pokemon in this game goes with their relevant trainer. These teamed-up trainers and Pokémon are known as Sync Pairs. You'll need to unlock the characters to play, and that's where microtransactions come in; you can buy different characters in Pokemon Masters, or you can recruit them.
There are 65 Sync Pairs to collect at launch.
Pokemon Masters is similar to other Pokemon games in that there's a professor to guide you through your quests and plenty of rivals to battle against. A rich story should certainly keep things interesting. If you want to experience it for yourself, the mobile title is now available for both Android and iOS devices. It's launching just over a month after pre-registration opened to the public.
Pokemon Masters is a collaboration between Pokemon Company and DeNA, the mobile game company that also developed Super Mario Run. Both companies have shared "how to play" and gameplay-style videos to show how the game works. See one below: