Well, that came out of nowhere. With Pokémon Go, we knew the title was coming and were frothing at the mouth for months on end. Today though, a new (and good looking!) Pokémon title hits mobile devices with no prior reveal. Folks, say hello to Pokémon Duel.
“Battle, Spin, and Win!”
The Pokémon Company International dropped a press release a bit earlier today with all the details we have at this point. Have a read:
Pokémon Duel is an exciting mobile strategy game in which fans deploy digital Pokémon figures and battle based on strategic moves to reach a goal in the opponent’s territory. Pokémon Duel gameplay details follow:
By strategically assembling their team of six Pokémon, each with its own strengths and a set number of steps it can take, players can take different routes to rush toward the goal or block the opponent’s Pokémon from advancing.
When two Pokémon from opposing teams meet, a battle commences, and the players spin each Pokémon’s Data Disk to see which Attack each Pokémon will use.
In addition to moving Pokémon and battling, players will also be able to use a plate at the start of their turn. These plates have various effects, including swapping positions of Pokémon in play and giving their Pokémon various battle enhancements for that turn.
The player who reaches their goal first wins the duel.
So it sounds as though Pokémon Duel plays like a board game of sorts. Move your Pokémon token across the board and win by getting to your opponents side. However, traditional-style battles take place as your encounter your opponents Pokémon. Sounds cool!
The free app will feature an online League Match option which will pit you against similarly leveled opponents. The press release also says that “a variety of items, including Pokémon figures, can be earned through Time Boosters that are unlocked with every League victory. Winning League matches also increases the player’s rating and provides a chance to get different Pokémon figures as they compete in higher-level leagues.”
This is where the free to play justification rears its ugly head though, as “more plates and Boosters can be purchased at the Shop within the app. In-game currency known as Gems can be purchased at the Shop or earned in several ways, such as by playing Pokémon Duel daily and clearing missions. Below is the newly minted trailer as well.