On September 21, the game’s servers will be unavailable for a long period of time for maintenance in preparation for the launch of Pokémon Unite on mobile platforms. The free-to-play MOBA is currently available on Nintendo Switch, and when Pokémon Unite launches on Google Play and the Apple App Store on September 22, it will allow crossplay.
The MOBA’s first few months after its premiere have not been easy. Nintendo Switch gamers have expressed concerns that Pokémon Unite has several pay-to-win features while being a free-to-play game.
Furthermore, in August, the game experienced an unanticipated public relations issue when the creator TiMi Studio Group’s official Twitter account tweeted nasty comments regarding human rights. Aside from that, the game appears to have attracted a sizable fan following throughout its Switch stint, and Pokémon Unite will be released on mobile in less than a week.
However, on Tuesday, September 21, before permitting crossplay across Switch, iOS, and Android, Pokémon Unite’s servers will be unavailable for the most of the day. The official Pokémon Unite Twitter account stated that server maintenance would take place on September 21 from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. PDT. The game will not be playable on Nintendo Switch during those hours, and TiMi appreciates the fans for their patience throughout the wait.
Attention, Trainers! #PokemonUNITE will be in maintenance on September 21 from 2:00PM to 12:00AM PT. During this time, the game will not be playable while we make adjustments and prepare for the mobile launch.
We appreciate your patience and understanding! pic.twitter.com/RLDXmpQp6y
— Pokémon UNITE (@PokemonUnite) September 17, 2021
While this may be inconvenient for some players, it appears to be required in order to enable the game to operate properly on all of the targeted platforms. Although crossplay has grown increasingly prevalent in many online games, it has yet to be fully explored in MOBAs on mobile devices. When it comes to Android, and iOS availability, even very successful MOBAs like League of Legends have entirely distinct spinoffs.
With the release of Pokémon Unite on mobile, TiMi and The Pokémon Company look to be venturing into unknown terrain. Suppose the additional platform releases go well and crossplay is integrated effectively enough. In that case, the Pokémon brand will likely attract an even more extensive player base with the game’s iOS and Android release, perhaps bringing Pokémon Unite’s player numbers on par with League of Legends or Dota 2. It’ll be fascinating to watch how the game performs on the Switch vs. mobile devices and whether there are any apparent benefits or downsides that might jeopardize crossplay’s viability.