Nintendo, Tencent launch Pokemon Unite game for Switch and mobile

Nintendo-backed The Pokemon Company on Wednesday declared a cross-platform Pokemon team battling game developed with Tencent's Timi Studio as the two gaming heavyweights expand their collaboration with a twist on the Pokemon format. In "Pokemon Unite" teams of five hunt down Pokemon in a battle area, with the game running on Nintendo Co Ltd's Switch console and mobile. Its release date is still not be announced.

Japan's Nintendo is expanding its collaboration with China's top gaming company Tencent Holdings Ltd, with the two firms partnering to sell the Switch into the Chinese market. Tencent declared last July its Shenzhen-based Timi Studio was working on a new Pokemon title. The Timi studio behind the monster mobile hit "Honor of Kings" and it is targeting overseas expansion and recently hired a U.S. director from French gaming company Ubisoft.

Nintendo's share price this month touched 12-year highs as demand from shut-in consumers and the huge success of island life simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons buoyed sentiment around the Kyoto-based firm.

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Posted in Gaming Zone on Jun 27, 2020


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