The newest Pokémon game, Pokémon Masters, is now available worldwide as a free download on iOS and Android mobile devices. Developer DeNA have also released a rather lengthy breakdown video of the game, starring producer Yu Sasaki (above).
Unlike most Pokémon games, Pokémon Masters is less about collecting Pokémon, and more about team up with, and battling, Pokémon trainers. Each Pokémon trainer comes with a bonded Pokémon called a sync pair. The real-time combat involves 3v3 trainer battles between sync pairs. Using Pokémon moves depletes a move gauge, which gradually refills during the battle.
A total of 65 sync pairs are available to recruit at launch, including famous trainers and their Pokémon from previous Pokémon games and series, such as Whitney and Miltank, Brock and Onix, and Misty and Starmie. The world of Pokémon Masters takes place in a new location, the island of Pasio, where Trainers the world over have gathered to battle each other.
Pokémon Masters can be played single player as well as multiplayer with co-op battles. In co-op, players can join up to two other players to battle a team of AI opponents.
To celebrate the launch, players can earn special in-game rewards through a limited event. The event features Blue, the iconic trainer from the first generation of Pokémon games. Players can team up with Blue and his Pidgeot to battle other trainers from the Kanto region. The limited event runs between September 2 – 29. To help jump start new players, 3,000 gems can be earned quickly just by logging into the game for up to 10 days. Gems are used to add new sync pairs to your roster.
Pokémon Masters is available on iOS and Android mobile devices. It’s rated E for Everyone.