Learn about the origins of Aeos energy and Pokemon Unite in this new manga.
Pokemon celebrated its 25th anniversary in so many ways last year that you may have missed a few. Chances are you didn’t miss the games it launched to mark the occasion, including a new Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Unite. The latter is the series’ first foray into the MMO world, and if you were wondering how this all-new form of canonical fighting against Pokemon came about, an official manga inspired by the game might have you covered.
Unite your duties by taking control of your chosen Pokemon and battling rivals, as well as wild Pokemon, in an effort to collect Aeos energy. That energy must then be poured into targets around the arena of the game to score points. Very different from the way we’ve been fighting Pokemon for the past 25 years, and the manga sheds a little light on how the new method came about and who’s responsible for making it happen.
The first chapter of the manga is free and available to read now. It follows the journey of Professor Phorus and her team. From noticing Pokemon’s strange glow on the island of Aeos to realizing that the energy that creates that glow can be used to create a whole new way of fighting. The first chapter begins with that discovery and then continues with Phorus and her team outlining their Unite battle plans for the inhabitants of Aeos.
The first chapter even addresses the issue of keeping MMOs fair and avoiding pay-to-win elements. Zirco pushes the idea of clothing for the Pokemon competing in Unite battles past an investigator named Erbie, stating that the idea needs more “pizzazz”. Fearing that the idea would give competitors an unfair advantage, Zirco shows that the clothing would be holowear. The same holographic outfits you can unlock and buy for your in-game Pokemon.
Other than the gradual addition of new Pokemon to the roster, things have been quiet on the Unite front for a while until recently. However, the spotlight has really been thrown back on the MMO now, and not just through this new manga. An all-new way of playing that requires players to catch wild Pokemon that leaked a while ago, and the game’s new subscription service, which will cost you $9.99 per month, launched this week.
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