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Pokemon Masters release date confirmed for next week

Pick up the latest mobile entry in the Pokemon series when it lands on iOS and Android for free next week.

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Are you ready, trainers? It's about time to download Pokemon Masters. How soon, you ask? Oh, not long – next week!

The newest Pokemon game in the series, thanks to a partnership between DeNA and The Pokemon Company, is hitting iOS and Android devices on August 29, which means next week you'll be pairing up with Pokemon in just a few short days. Are you ready to jump in at last?

Pokemon Masters will 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.

There will be 65 sync pairs at launch with additional characters coming after release. You'll use three pairs to battle throughout the game, and recruit friends to play as well. Battles will play out in real-time and players can direct trainers to use moves and healing items just like in the regular Pokemon games.

Which pairs are you going to use? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We're curious how you're going to play – not so we can trounce you, but just for strategy! Yeah!

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