Want to know a surefire way to upset fans of a long-running franchise? Well, take a lesson out of Pokemon Unite's page book to maximize the backlash on a new launch title you've got planned.
When Pokemon Go! was first announced, throngs of people were ecstatic to try out a new title from The Pokemon Company on their mobile phone. It was hard to not get tantalized by the prospect of traveling to actual parts of the globe and seeing which monsters pop up.
So why the backlash to 'Pokemon Unite'?
It's not that fans necessarily think that that Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) Pokemon game is going to stink. If there's one thing that The Pokemon Company has proven time and again it's that, more often than not, whenever they put out a new title, it's usually very, very well executed.
People seem to have taken issue with the fact that the game is "overhyped."
Pokemon Unite was unveiled in a ridiculously detailed 11-minute video livestream to generate excitement for the title. Some fans think that while a Pokemon game that allows for MOBA, cross-platform action between both Switch and mobile gamers is really cool, basically LoL but with Pokemon, there were a lot of longtime fans of the series who believe that Nintendo was gassing it up way too much.
It didn't help either that prior to the event, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company were alerting fans that something absolutely tremendous was coming that would positively rock their worlds. When they discovered that all the 11-minute video presentation was, again, just Pokemon Unite and nothing else, no other titles, or peripherals, or other Pokemon-related news, people got seriously salty.
Some people aren't all that jazzed 'Pokemon Unite' will be on the Nintendo Switch.
Some are saying all the hate geared at PU is understandable because, ultimately, Pokemon Unite is a free-to-start mobile game (like Fortnite), that Switch players can enjoy on their console too.
It also doesn't help that Nintendo had recently just said that they were going to "step back" from mobile gaming in the near future, which had fans thinking that they were going to double down on their Nintendo Switch gaming efforts.
The Switch is a really interesting console for Nintendo, in that it combines its biggest moneymaker (their handheld systems), with the notion of the "real" console.
This means that the A-tier titles that help to define a gaming brand are essentially available on both the handheld and home consoles simultaneously as they are one and the same.
It's difficult to imagine that Nintendo will stray too much from this business model in the near future.
It really bothers me that the main complaints against Pokémon Unite have been surface level stuff like “it’s a League of Legends clone” and not “the company Nintendo chose to collaborate w/ has an extensive history of invasive industry practices & funding human rights violations” https://t.co/9qqC8VAfXA— Sean Chiplock @ Path to Partner (@sonicmega) June 25, 2020
Finally, one of the more recent criticisms of Pokemon Unite after people had some more time to digest the reveal, is that it doesn't really feel like a particularly Pokemon-ey game, with folks saying it was more a League of Legends clone than anything else.
What do you think? Are you still excited for Pokemon Unite even if a bunch of people are dunking on it?