Back during the May Pokémon conference, The Pokémon Company announced a brand new mobile title by DeNA dubbed Pokémon Masters. True to its name, this free-to-play game will feature famous trainers from across the series, including various Gym Leaders and familiar Champions. Since its reveal, the game was pegged for a dubious Summer 2019 release window. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait too long for a release date drop!

The Pokémon Masters social media channels are sounding off with a definitive August 29 release date! Additionally, preregistration for the game is now live via on the App Store and Google Play, and is rolling out gradually through different markets.

Mark your calendars, trainers!

Additionally, there is good news for those itching to try the game early! Pokémon Masters will soft-launch on July 25th in Singapore and later in Canada on Android devices. Do keep in mind that this will be an early version of the mobile game, so it isn’t content-complete. That said, a head start on the competition is always nice, and you can carry over your saves into the full version once Masters officially launches in late August.

Pokémon Masters features real-time 3v3 battles where you can challenge NPCs or play alongside friends through co-op. Taking place on on the artificial island region of Pasio, yourself and other trainers—with assistance from Professor Bellis—will throw down in the Pokémon Masters League. Of course, you can’t call it a Pokémon adventure without a villainous organization to take down, this time in the form of Team Break.

If that all seems like a lot to digest, or if you’re plain unsure as to what to expect, then don’t panic! The game’s official YouTube channel dropped a series of instructional gameplay videos. You can start by checking out a general overview on how to play Pokémon Masters, which you can watch below:

DeNA has accrued a pretty commendable track record to my knowledge; for myself, I grew to enjoy their own array of Nintendo co-produced mobile games like Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Mario Run. And of course, given my own penchant for Pokémon, there was no way I was not going to give this game a try. While I’m looking forward to giving Pokémon Masters a go when it launches late next month, what about you? Will you give it a whirl in August? What are your impressions thus far? Let us know in the comments!

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Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.

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