An unfortunate glitch in Pokémon UNITE is preventing the game from counting last-second goals. This is causing a high level of frustration for the players, who are seeing last-second comebacks thwarted for reasons out of their control.
The multiplayer online battle arena title, where two teams fight and compete to score the most goals, is quite distinct from previous games in the monster collection franchise. While this unique gameplay has been praised by fans, criticism has been aimed at Pokémon UNITE‘s pay-to-win microtransaction system which allows players to spend real-world money in order to gain an edge against other players. Alongside the presence of intrusive microtransactions, Pokémon UNITE has recently received attention for a much more unusual practice. Multiple players have now also accused the battle arena game of using their account names as bots in order to hide the use of computer-controlled competitors.
A Reddit post by user ncjsh has called attention to a Pokémon Unite bug that prevents last-second goals from being counted. Video evidence of this glitch shows ncjsh scoring a 64 point goal within the last three seconds of a match, a clutch move that should have earned their team victory. Unfortunately, the goal is not counted, leading to ncjsh’s team unfairly losing the game. After posting the video of the glitch, many other Reddit users came forward to share similar experiences of last-second goals being ignored by Pokémon UNITE.
Pokémon UNITE has had its fair share of issues since its release, but developer TiMi Studio Group has been proactively fixing and improving the battle arena title. A patch for Pokémon UNITE in August served to improve the game’s balance, increasing or decreasing the strength of various Pokémon to make them all competitively viable. Several Pokémon, such as the iconic original dinosaurs Charizard and Venusaur, were given buffs to increase their strength compared to their peers. Other playable Pokémon, such as Cinderace and Machamp, had certain moves weakened in order to balance them out.
Pokémon UNITE offers a unique take on classic Pokémon gameplay, allowing players to directly control their favorite creatures in a team-based competition. This commitment to maintaining the game’s balance demonstrates that TiMi Studio Group is willing to make ongoing changes to keep the player base satisfied. The Pokémon UNITE developer recently fixed a bug with Gengar’s Hex move as well, which was a highly-requested patch after a recent update left the Shadow Pokémon’s move nearly useless. Unfortunately, multiple glitches have marred the game since its release. With last-second goals being rendered disappointing rather than exciting, it is no wonder that Pokémon UNITE players are desperate to see this glitch get patched as soon as possible.
Pokémon UNITE is available on Nintendo Switch.