The Pokémon Company, Chinese juggernaut Tencent, and Tencent’s development studio TiMi Studios announced Pokémon Unite in June 2020, essentially being (despite claims otherwise) a Pokémon MOBA. Naturally, instead of reacting with optimism and curiosity, the fandom went berserk with outrage for [insert any arbitrary reason]. Nonetheless, Pokémon Unite persists, and the game will receive a regional beta test in Canada on Android specifically at some point in March. To participate, you must be at least 16 and a Canadian resident, capturing gameplay is not allowed, and your progress will be reset (i.e., erased) at the end of the beta.
In addition to the Pokémon Unite beta test for Canada, The Pokémon Company gave a quite short update on the game, saying that “development has continued to progress. More playable Pokémon have been added, changes and additions have been made to the gameplay, the visuals have improved, and much more.” So in other words — yeah, people are making a video game.
Screenshots from a Pokémon Unite beta in China seemed to leak last month, suggesting players will be able to acquire special costumes for their Pokémon. The Pokémon Company, Tencent, and TiMi Studios are likely looking to make a boatload of money off of this game, and as long as Pokémon Unite has a modicum of quality, that’s very likely to happen.