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What's in Pokémon Unite's future: an interview with Masaaki Hoshino

We interviewed Masaaki Hoshino, producer of Pokémon Unite from The Pokémon Company, during WCS who told us some details about the future of the game.

What's in Pokémon Unite's future: an interview with Masaaki Hoshino

Last week the Pokémon World Championship 2022 was held in London, UK, bringing the competitive and fan side of the game to one place. Among the titles with room for competitions and announcements was the MOBA Pokémon Unite, which celebrated its first anniversary a few weeks ago. During this event, we had the opportunity to interview Masaaki Hoshino, producer of the game at The Pokémon Company during a round table with media from the region.

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As for the future of the game, Hoshino commented on how the game is doing now, and their plans for the short and medium term, having a focus on community and Esports. "Given that Pokémon Unite has been downloaded 80 million times at the moment, there’s a lot of users out there and we want to form a community," the producer commented. "Especially looking at WCS we feel that kind of proves at how the game can be competitive viable and therefore the esport potential that we want to improve."

As we mentioned before, Pokémon Unite has just celebrated its first anniversary, and the question was, how will the cadence of content within the game be now. To that question, Hoshino told us that things will continue with the same cadence. "At least for new Pokémon, we want to continue to introduce that kind of cadence and want to continue adjust the environment so we can maximize the potencial of the design."

For now, we have the upcoming arrival of the Theia Sky Ruins map, which will implement some changes to the gameplay, in addition to the arrival of the imposing Rayquaza.

Pokémon Unite celebrates its first anniversary

Just a few weeks ago, Pokémon Unite began its first anniversary celebrations, giving its users gifts including licenses for some of the Pokémon and in-game outfits. Some of these items will last until October 12, while others will be available until September 1st. All the details can be found at this link.

Pokémon World Championship 2022: the return of an unparalleled experience

After 2 years canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pokémon World Championship returned with greater strength and dimension than in previous years, being an event that in addition to the competitions, managed to gather the Pokémon community in one place. If you want to know more about this event, we invite you to read our impressions of the event, learn about the Champions of the 5 Pokémon games that participated, and the most important announcements that were made during the event.