Unite Pokémon, The Pokémon Company’s popular free-to-play MOBA for Nintendo Switch, has a system that many gamers criticize as “pay to win” and unfair for the competitive integrity of the newly released game.
Players can earn Aeos Coins (a maximum of 2,100 per week) and tickets early on. Any of these currencies can be used to purchase items held in the Aeos Emporium. Held items are similar to items in traditional Pokémon games and can be equipped for a single Pokémon. In Unite Pokémon, they increase stats like health, defense, movement speed and attack. Any item held can be upgraded to increase these benefits up to 30x. To do this, you will need to invest in one more currency: item enhancers.
Here are fans of Unite Pokémon call the game “pay to win”. Item Enhancers are typically earned through Limited Time Challenges and the Battle Pass. You can also spend 10 Aeos tickets to buy them, but if you don’t have enough you can buy them with Aeos Gems – Unite‘s real money currency. If you choose to get them this way, the Aeos Gems to Item Enhancers exchange rate is one to one. That means that upgrading an item will only cost about $ 1 for the first few tiers. However, when you upgrade, it increases the number of Item Enhancers required, resulting in about $ 40 being needed to fully upgrade them 30 times. Without real money, you will have to spend several hours improving the first 10 or so levels and many, many more beyond that.
None of this would matter if the stat increases weren’t affecting the game too much, but in the context of a MOBA where little advantages become big advantages as the game progresses, they do so a lot. An article like Clam bell increases from 1.6 increased special attack at level 1 to 24 at level 30. The Assault vest
Twitch streamer moistcr1tikal demonstrated this method in a popular YouTube video last week. You can see how he plays matches where the opposing team can barely leave his spawn with how much damage he could do. What’s worse is that it’s currently impossible to tell what items your opponents have, so it’s difficult to even strategize against players like him. It is possible for items held in matchmaking to be taken into account, but in order to have steady improvement in the ranked mode of the game, you may need to spend some cash.
Fans of the game were discuss this topic with the game since its publication, Comparison with traditional gacha games using multiple currencies to obfuscate efficient ways to spend them in favor of real money. Along with the items being held, many players are also annoyed by how long it takes to collect Aeos Coins to buy new Pokémon.
Many gamers hope that Nintendo and developer TiMi Studio Group will fix these issues – along with other issues – in a future patch. The developer’s other popular free-to-play games, such as Arena of valor and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile: Army Attack, don’t get upset about egregious “pay to win” tactics as much as Unite Pokémon. At the time of this writing, neither Nintendo nor the TiMi Studio Group have responded to the criticism, however a current player survey could help direct the developer to change.