Pokémon Unite recently launched on Nintendo Switch, and it has already become one of the most popular games of 2021. A mobile launch is also planned for both iOS and Android in September, although we still don’t have a solid release date.
When it does eventually arrive on mobile, however, you won’t have to worry about the community becoming fragmented — here’s what we know about cross-play and cross-progression in Pokémon Unite.
Pokémon Unite will support cross-play when the mobile versions launch in September. In fact, The Pokémon Company is selling cross-play and cross-platform support as one of Pokémon Unite‘s main features.
“The mobile version is scheduled to be available for download starting in September,” the team announced. “Cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch and mobile devices is planned, which will allow players to battle together and against one another.”
In short — yes. If you log into the game using either your Nintendo Account or Pokémon Trainer Club account, you’ll be able to play with your same account on any platform. The Pokémon Company says it hopes this feature makes it easy to “enjoy playing at home on your TV screen using the Nintendo Switch version, as well as easily play on the go using the mobile version.”
We’ll have to wait until the iOS and Android launch to see how well it works, but it sounds like the developer is keen to ensure a smooth gameplay experience regardless of where you choose to play the MOBA. Being able to take Pokémon Unite on the road with you and then picking up the same account later that night on the big screen is a huge perk — and one missing from most other games in the genre.
Since you’ll be able to jump into lobbies with iOS, Android, and Switch players, one of the biggest questions about Pokémon Unite‘s cross-play capabilities revolves around controller support. If iOS and Android don’t let you connect a Bluetooth controller, some fans think they’ll be at a disadvantage compared to their console counterparts.
As it stands, Pokémon Unite still hasn’t confirmed controller support on mobile. Controller support wasn’t available during the Canadian beta earlier this year — but that doesn’t mean it won’t be added in the future. Seeing as the game already has a controller layout mapped for Switch, it’s not too big of a stretch to imagine it coming to iOS and Android. With Pokémon Unite requiring precise movements and plenty of button mashing, it would make sense to see the feature brought over to mobile platforms.
For now, we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope the feature is added before the MOBA arrives on smartphones.