Tons of new details about upcoming mobile game collaboration between DeNA and The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Masters, were revealed today during a special livestream presentation, on the official website, and via a press release published afterward.

The free-to-start Pokémon Masters, according to press materials, is a “strategy and battling game” that features “3-on-3 battles in real life.”

Players set out on the Pasio region, an artificial island in which they’ll meet various Trainers and make new friends during the game’s story.

 

 

In the game, players will form a team of three “sync pairs” (a combination of a Trainer and their Pokémon).

Gameplay consists of commanding three Pokémon and three Trainers simultaneously, using a barrage of moves while AI opponents attack 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,” the press release notes. “In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves — powerful attacks performed by a specific sync pair.”

Battles end when a player defeats their AI foes’ team of sync pairs.

Once players have befriended other sync pairs, they can recruit those characters to their team and battle in order to pursue the championship title of the Pokémon Masters League tournament.

 

 

Mega Evolutions have also been seen in the gameplay footage.

65 sync pairs will be in the game at launch, with more coming following the game’s release.

In addition to unknown masked characters and other original Trainers, the following characters have been confirmed for the game:

 

  • Player Character (Male)
  • Player Character (Female)
  • Ace Trainer (Gen VI) (Trainer Class)
  • Ace Trainer (Gen VII) (Trainer Class)
  • Acerola
  • Archer
  • Ariana
  • Barry
  • Blue
  • Brendan
  • Brock
  • Bugsy
  • Caitlin
  • Calem
  • Camper (Trainer Class)
  • Candice
  • Cheren
  • Cheryl
  • Chili
  • Cilan
  • Clair
  • Crasher Wake
  • Cress
  • Cynthia
  • Diantha
  • Elesa
  • Erika
  • Fantina
  • Flannery
  • Flint
  • Giovanni
  • Gladion
  • Grimsley
  • Hau
  • Hilbert
  • Hilda
  • Hugh
  • Iris
  • Kahili
  • Korrina
  • Kris
  • Lance
  • Lillie
  • Lorelei
  • Lusamine
  • Lyra
  • Mina
  • Misty
  • Nanu
  • Norman
  • Palmer
  • Pokémon Breeder (Trainer Class)
  • Professor Kukui
  • Professor Oak
  • Professor Sycamore
  • Pryce
  • Red
  • Rosa
  • Sabrina
  • Siebold
  • Silver
  • Skyla
  • Sophocles
  • Steven
  • Swimmer (Male) (Trainer Class)
  • Swimmer (Female) (Trainer Class)
  • Tate & Liza
  • Thorton
  • Viola
  • Wally
  • Whitney
  • Will
  • Winona
  • Wulfric

 

The following Pokémon have also been confirmed:

 

  • Avalugg
  • Bronzong
  • Butterfree
  • Charizard
  • Dragonite
  • Floatzel
  • Garchomp
  • Gardevoir
  • Geodude
  • Haxorous
  • Hitmonchan
  • Liepard
  • Lotad
  • Lucario
  • Lycanroc (Midday Form)
  • Marill
  • Mega Charizard X
  • Mega Lucario
  • Metagross
  • Onix
  • Palossand
  • Persian (Alola Form)
  • Pidgeot
  • Pikachu
  • Piplup
  • Reuniclus
  • Rockruff
  • Sealeo
  • Serperior
  • Slaking
  • Snivy
  • Spheal
  • Starmie
  • Staryu
  • Stoutland
  • Torkoal
  • Treecko
  • Vileplume
  • Whimsicott
  • Zebstrika

 

Meanwhile, the following sync pairs have been confirmed:

 

  • Acerola & Palossand
  • Barry & Piplup
  • Blue & Pidgeot
  • Brendan & Treecko
  • Brock & Onix
  • Caitlin & Reuniclus
  • Cheren & Stoutland
  • Clair & Kingdra
  • Crasher Wake & Floatzel
  • Cynthia & Garchomp
  • Diantha & Gardevoir
  • Elesa & Zebstrika
  • Erika & Vileplume
  • Flannery & Torkoal
  • Grimsley & Liepard
  • Iris & Haxorus
  • Korrina & Lucario
  • Lance & Dragonite
  • Misty & Starmie
  • Nanu & Persian (Alola Form)
  • Norman & Slaking
  • Professor Kukui & Lycanroc (Midday Form)
  • Red & Charizard
  • Rosa & Snivy
  • Steven & Metagross
  • Thorton & Bronzong
  • Wulfric & Avalugg

 

And the following sync moves have been confirmed:

 

  • Give-It-All-Ya-Got Power-Up Punch (Korrina & Lucario)
  • Never-Ending Royal Nightmare (Acerola & Palossand)
  • Rock-Solid Rock Slide (Brock & Onix)
  • Thunder of Newfound Passion (Player Character & Pikachu)

 

Pokémon Masters is set to launch for iOS and Android devices Summer 2019.

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