+ Sunday August 18th, 2019

There’s a new mobile Pokémon game on the block. Pokémon Masters, by Japanese developer DeNA, is releasing on August 29. Pre-registrations are now open.

Pokémon Masters is a team-on-team battle game where you’ll collect trainers old and new from various games throughout the franchise’s history. Each trainer comes with their own Pokemon, forming a “sync pair” that you can use in 3-on-3 battles.

This being a mobile game coming from a Nintendo-related property, there’s lots of in-game microtransactions to deal with for leveling up, evolving Pokémons and more. Not much of a surprise there. It’s DeNA’s forte.

The entire Pokémon franchise in general seems quite interested in its past this year, with efforts also being made to let users transport Pokémons gathered in a bunch of the older games into newer ones. Niantic’s Pokémon Go also continues to add new generations to the game.

There’s about a month to go until the game is released, and DeNA’s uploaded some new videos explaining the gameplay on YouTube – find that playlist here: How to Play Pokémon Masters

You can pre-register for the game in Google Play to be sure you’ll get it as soon as it’s released – you’ll find that button on the Pokémon Masters Play store listing.

For a more in-depth look at Pokemon Masters gameplay, head over to The Verge where they’ve had a chance to go hands-on with the game and offer some initial thoughts.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Just read The Verge article. Microtransactions paying for a gacha mechanic. Pay to play to gamble. I really hope this ‘game’ receives an R18+ here in Australia. Making gambling kid friendly needs to be terminated.

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