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China's first official Pokémon mobile game is coming

The Pokémon Quest is coming to the Mainland

Photo: The Pokémon Company
By Janelle Chew

Looks like China's going to start catching 'em all. Last week, Chinese gaming giant NetEase said it would collaborate with The Pokémon Company and Game Freak, the Pokémon game series developer from Japan, to release a localised version of Pokémon Quest in China. This local version of Pokémon Quest will mark the first official release of a Pokémon mobile game in the country, arriving nearly three years after Pokémon GO first hit the rest of the global market.

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Photo: The Pokémon Company

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Photo: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Quest features a blocky, voxel-style design similar to Minecraft. Set on Tumblecube Island, players' main tasks are to go on expeditions to battle wild Pokémon, earn points, clear stages and find items hidden on the island. Players also train their Pokémon back at their base camps to make them stronger for future battles.

The company hasn’t confirmed a release date for the game yet, but it revealed a player-versus-player mode is going to be included, with more details to be shared later. There’s no info on whether this feature will be added to the other versions around the world.

Pokémon is a highly popular series in China, with the recent box office hit Pokémon Detective Pikachu amassing nearly 70 million USD in ticket sales in just 10 days within China.

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