Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and amiibo, is there anymore room in the world left for another figurine-based video game? If it has the word “Pokémon” in the title, you can bet there is.
Circumventing Nintendo platforms this time around, The Pokémon Company has announced a new digital board game called Pokémon Co-master, a strategy title which allows indirect control of Pokémon through virtual figurines. The game is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company and Heroz Japan, a development studio specializing in AI competition.
Heroz is best known for creating digital Japanese versions of Chess, Backgammon, Go, and Shogi, and the AI is reportedly good enough to beat the world’s best players.
Pokémon Co-master will be a free-to-play title for iOS and Android when it launches in Japan this spring, and it will allow for online gameplay. Players will team up with the game’s AI to do battle with opposing players and their AI.
It sounds like a fun, casual Pokémon experience to play with family and friends, but the true stars here are the virtual figurines that will be available in the game. It’s important to point out that these are not actual, physical figurines… yet.
After seeing success throughout the rest of the industry, you just know that The Pokémon Company is drooling with the opportunity to take advantage of the latest toy trend. Nothing is official, but you just know that these will be made if Pokémon Co-master becomes a hit.
They’re coming to get you! There is no hope for you now!
Pokémon Co-master is currently only scheduled for a release this spring in Japan for iOS and Android. No word on if the game will be getting an English release. I want that Bulbasaur… so bad.