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Is a Pokémon MMO by any other name still a Pokémon MMO? Temtem certainly looks the part.

On the face of it, it seems strange that Game Freak hasn’t made a Pokémon MMO yet. That thing would be a license to print money.

But when you think about it, for more than a minute, it makes sense. Look at the lacklustre launches of multiplayer versions of other big RPGs – Final Fantasy XIV, The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 76 – for how easy it is to get wrong. Look at the massive success of Pokémon GO and you’ll see that Game Freak (in association with Niantic) already kind of has one. (Albeit one that needs you to walk around in the real world.)

It was only a matter of time, then, before someone else stepped into the breach. Filled that hole. Scratched that itch. Enter Temtem, a Pokémon MMO in all but name.

In Pokémon Temtem, players – known as Pokémon Trainers Temtem Tamers – explore the world, capturing the titular critters in magic balls cards. Trainers Tamers then battle with their Pokémon Temtem in battles with Gym Dojo Leaders, in a never-ending battle to be the very best, like no one ever was ultimate Temtem Trainer.

That’s a little unfair. Temtem may wear its influences on its sleeve, but it looks like a fun and interesting RPG in its own right. We’ll stop with the Pokémon comparisons now.

To celebrate its launch, there’s a Temtem launch trailer, a slick and colourful slice of anime that features an upbeat theme song which describes the action that’s–

Oh, come on! If they didn’t want us to poke fun at Temtem‘s similarities to Pokémon they shouldn’t have made it so flipping obvious!

Temtem is out now in Steam Early Access, and you can buy it from the Humble Store. That’s the last we’re going to say on the matter. It looks lovely, but we just can’t keep a straight face.

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