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Pokémon UNITE release date: When will the MOBA launch for mobile?

How to join the beta testing and Pokémon UNITE mobile release date

Pokémon UNITE release date: When will the MOBA launch for mobile?
Updated on August 10th, 2021 - added more information, rewording, added a download link

What do we know about Pokemon UNITE mobile and its release date? Well, quite a bit. And if you'd like to learn more about it too, then keep on reading. We'll give you all the information you need regarding the Pokemon Unite release date for Switch and mobile, as well as a bunch of other facts that might interest you. 

We'll kick things off with some info we have since the game was first announced, and then move on to the release dates and times for each major region. We'll also share some information about beta testing and how you can play the game before the release.

So, are you ready? Let's dive right in! 

When was Pokemon Unite announced?

This highly anticipated MOBA set within the Pokemon universe was first announced on June 24, 2020. Ever since people have been looking forward to some concrete details regarding its release date. 

Pokemon Unite mobile release date

Pokemon Unite is planned to release on mobile devices as a free-to-play game that can be played cross-platform, and it's already out on Nintendo Switch. In this game, players can face off against each other in 5 v 5 team battles, cooperating with teammates to catch wild Pokemon, level up and evolve Pokemon, and defeat their opponents while also earning more points than the other team. 

Pokémon UNITE will become available in September 2021 on mobile devices, and it will also include multiple language support across both mobile devices and Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon UNITE Switch release date

For the handheld console, Pokemon UNITE Switch release date is 21st of July 2021. If you want to join the fray, make sure to grab the game from the Nintendo Switch store

Not sure if the game has been released in your region? Check out the graph below!

  • Pokemon UNITE US release time: PST – 12:00 AM / EST – 3:00 AM
  • Pokemon UNITE UK release time: 8:00 AM BST
  • Pokemon UNITE JP release time: 16:00 JST

What is Pokemon UNITE?

If you're already familiar with the other Pokemon titles, then you should know that UNITE is quite different from them. In this MOBA game, everyone will need to work together and strategize to be the best of the best - not just explore the world alone trying to catch 'em all

The main goal of the game is to destroy the enemy's Pokemons and score as many points as possible in order to win the game. It's a highly strategic game that puts a lot of emphasis on some newly-released Pokemon moves, which will only be featured in Pokemon Unite. Pretty neat!   

How do I join the Beta testing?

Pokemon UNITE release date

When it comes to actually being able to participate in the Pokemon Unite beta testing, you’ll find it quite difficult. Access is limited, so it will be difficult to get in unless you're a content creator or have a massive following. In that case, you have a higher chance to get accepted if you send them a message. 

Beta testing itself is often done in small test groups, and that seems to be what Pokemon UNITE is doing. The open beta is currently only taking place in Canada, for users who are 16 and older and specifically for Android devices. If you don’t fit into this pretty small category, you will need to wait until the Beta is expanded to more regions or until the game itself has fully launched.

You can play Pokemon UNITE before the official release date!

If you don’t want to wait for the game to come out, you can try and play it on your Android device, but it is a bit of a process and should be heavily considered first. You’ll need to be using a VPN to change your IP address location. However, once this change is made, you will need to wait an entire year before you can change it again. You will also lose access to some of your purchases if you switch countries, and will not be able to use your Google Play balance in the new country. 

If you are really sure that you want to change your location, you can follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Turn on a trusted VPN and set your country to Canada.
  • Step 2: Open up the Play Store App and tap on the Menu Button
  • Step 3: Go to the Account tab.
  • Step 4: Locate Countries and Profiles on the first page and then find Switch to the Canadian Play Store.
  • Step 5: You will then need to add a payment method for that region, either by adding a PayPal or debit/credit card.
  • Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions. It may take up to 48 hours for your region to completely change.

Is Pokemon UNITE free to play?

To everyone's relief, Pokemon Unite is a free-to-play MOBA game that will be widely available soon. Of course, following in the same path as the other popular games of the same genre (Wild Rift, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang to name a few) it will probably feature IAPs as a source of revenue.  

Original article by Jupiter Hadley, updated by Pocket Gamer Staff.