Pokémon Masters brings real-time battles to iOS this summer

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Pokémon Masters
It will feature every Trainer and Pokémon from every region.
Photo: The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company today revealed new details about upcoming mobile game Pokémon Mastersjust as promised. There’s lots of exciting news for fans of the franchise, including a release date.

And Pokémon Masters will be here a lot sooner than anticipated.

Developed by DeNA, the company involved in almost all of Nintendo’s mobile games, Pokémon Masters will bring real-time Pokémon battles to mobile devices. But you won’t need to catch any Pokémon.

Instead, you’ll form a team of Pokémon Trainer pairs from past and present games — and you’ll rely on their Pokémon to fight in 3-on-3 battles.

A brand new region

The game takes place in a brand new region named Pasio, which DeNA describes as an artificial island “where the rules of battle are different.” But for the first time ever, every Trainer and Pokémon from every region is available.

When the game makes its debut, there will be 65 sync pairs to recruit, including familiar duos like Korrina and Lucario, Brenden and Treecko, and Clair and Kingdra. More will come later on.

You can choose three pairs for your squad and take on AI opponents. You will occasionally get to choose which moves are used, and you’ll be able to direct Trainers to use healing items and more to increase a Pokémon’s stats.

Coming this summer

“The Pokémon brand has captured the imagination of the world, and we are honored to create the newest Pokémon adventure for mobile devices with Pokémon Masters,” said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA.

“We look forward to sharing new ways to battle when the game releases.”

And fans won’t have to wait too long. We weren’t expecting Pokémon Masters to launch until 2020, but DeNA has confirmed that you’ll be able to get your hands on it this summer on both Android and iOS.