It looks like Tencent and The Pokemon Company are going to be working very closely together going forward in a joint effort to create games.
According to a press release issued by both companies via Chinese social network Weibo, the pair are going to be creating something together – we just don't quite know what yet. The statement didn't make any overtures as to what this new project will include or any specific game announcements, but we can imagine it's like something for mobile and/or PC, and probably will be Chinese.
This move comes after Tencent began working with Nintendo in a bid to bring the Switch to China. Tencent, as you're likely already well aware, is known for a variety of mobile games in its inventory, and is the owner of Riot Games. Tencent officially owns League of Legends and also has stake in games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite.
What's next for The Pokemon Company? The mobile title Pokemon Masters is coming out soon, and it looks like a ton of fun. It'll find players going out on new adventures to create their own teams of trainers and partner Pokemon to clash in 3-on-3 real-time battles. The game takes place on the island of Pasio, where battles tend to play out a little differently. Sync pairs are the new hotness, which are comprised of both Pokemon and their trainers.
Pokemon Masters will bring pairs from all over each Pokemon region for the first time together to make sync pairs, such as Brendan and Treecko, Korrina and Lucario, and Clair and Kingdra. There will be tons of trainers on Pasio, which should offer plenty of surprises along the way.
We still don't have a release date for it. Hopefully that changes in the near future, and we get additional details on what to expect from the game and when we can actually play it. In the meantime, what are these two companies planning? Only time will tell.