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Pokémon Masters[a] is a free-to-play mobile game for Android and iOS developed and published by DeNA. It was released in August 2019. It allows players to battle various Pokémon Trainers from the core series games. This game is set on the artificial island of Pasio. So far the game has 18 chapters in the main storyline and two interludes.
There’s a tournament of 3-on-3 battles being held on Pasio called the Pokémon Masters League. The main goal is to become its Champion.
To enter the Pokémon Masters League, players must collect at least five Badges by defeating the PML Leaders located in Pasio. When recruiting a sync pair, the player can unlock a sync pair story.
A sync pair is a pair consisting of one Pokémon Trainer and one Pokémon in Pokémon Masters. Each sync pair has one of three roles: strike sync pairs, which are focused on attacking; support sync pairs, which are focused on defending, healing HP, and increasing stats of the whole team; and tech sync pairs, which are focused on different tactics, such as inflicting status alterations.
Sync pairs can be recruited by playing the main story, or through scouting.
Development and release
Pokémon Masters was first announced by The Pokémon Company on May 29, 2019, alongside some other Pokémon games. It represents the first collaboration between the company and mobile game developer DeNA, it had been released for Android and iOS. The concept of the game came from series artist and designer Ken Sugimori who proposed the idea of having all past characters from the main series together in one game.
A preview version of the game was released in Singapore on July 25, 2019 and in Canada on August 6, 2019. The game was released worldwide on August 29, 2019 for iOS and Android phones. Unlike most other Pokémon games, Pokémon Masters was not released in Belgium or The Netherlands, likely due to bans on loot boxes.
Within four days of its global release, Pokémon Masters has been downloaded 10 million times and recorded $10 million in revenue. Within its first week, the revenue figures were increased to $26 million.
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- Due to time zones, the game was released on August 28, 2019 in North America, even though it was released at the same time as the rest of the world. The United States Pokemon.com page lists the release date as August 28, while the Pokémon Masters official website lists the release date as August 29.
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