And Pokemon masters, the newest release mobile title in the monster-capturing franchise announced last month, is no exception.
Sync pairs were first shown.
The Verge's write up confirms that Pokemon Masters uses gacha mechanics as its way of making money, like other titles such as Summoners War or Fate/Grand Order.
Pokemon Masters is no different and, in fact, takes place in a totally new location, the island of Pasio. You can now head over to the Apple Store or Google Play to sign up. Everyone else can either try sneaking their way into those regions' versions or just wait for the full game. You can also mix skills when playing in co-op mode against other players or AI opponents. Unity moves will involve all three of the Pokemon in the team, and what exactly they do appears to be impacted by the types of Pokemon you have. Then you can select the new Pokemon you want to switch to. Sync Pairs are separated into Strike for attack, Support for high HP and buffing allies, or Tech for debuffing and inflicting status ailments. You won't necessarily have to battle here, but it's a unique and authentic way to learn more about the characters in Pokemon Masters and their reasons for being in Pasio. The story tasks players to collect Pokemon Masters League badges and will, as is done in Pokemon, encounter a rival, a Pokemon Professor who studies sync moves, and a mischevious enemy team called Team Break. On the more menacing side of things, Prince Lear (no relation to King Lear, we're told) looks to be the the main villain. It is the place where trainers and their partner Pokemons assemble to compete. Sasaki also said the characters are aligned with their versions from the Pokemon games, not the anime. Here's hoping Dawn will be included soon.