For those who haven’t heard or seen Pokemon Rumble before, the franchise is all about taking some of the Pokemon creatures and pitting them against each other in an arcade style beat’em up. Chucking into the mix travelling to different locations and battling wild pokemon in real-time combat.
The Pokemon Company recently took to their website to announce that Pokemon Rumble Rush, is due to hit mobile devices later this year. “Travel to unknown islands, battle wild Pokémon, and discover valuable items in this rollicking mobile expedition.” Developer Ambrella promises a unique experience for fans of the Rumble games.
The announcement doesn’t give much information away in terms to gameplay, changes or features that players can look forward to.
The only aspect that was mentioned was the gears system. “power gears, which boost a Pokémon’s individual stats and make it more effective in battle, and summon gears, which allow a Pokémon to temporarily call another Pokémon into battle.”
The Pokemon Rumble franchise has already made appearances on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS gaming systems, now, it appears to be making its first steps into smartphones world. It isn’t entirely clear how Pokemon Rumble Rush will take advantage of mobile devices, other than the fact that there will be “easy-to-use controls and attacks that are pulled off with simple taps.”
Pokemon Rumble Rush has been labelled as “free-to-start” and confirms that the game will include items that can be purchased with real world currency. It’s currently unknown what the extent of these microtransactions will be, but they’re something to be aware of, as it means the game could consist of a lot of grinding for progress.