Undead Labs, the developers of State of Decay, aren't the first studio I'd think of to create Pokemon-inspired mobile title. Yet it appears they're doing just that, as mobile, multiplayer, catch-the-beasties title Moonrise has now been announced. Undead Labs will be partnering with Kabam, a developer and publisher of free-to-play social titles, to create Moonrise for iOS and Android devices.
Moonrise's premise focuses on a world where the Solari, peaceful creatures of various shape and size, live in relative harmony with the people around them. Suddenly an event, once a common thing but now quite rare, occurs and transforms the Solari into corrupted Lunari -- this event is known as the Moonrise. Lunari are attacking towns and people, so it's up to "Wardens" to take to the road and cleanse said corruption.
Of course the player is a wannabe Warden and cleansing corruption is really just a way of saying that the player will capture these creatures and make them a part of their team. The description continues, saying that these recruited Solari can be "grown" and "evolved" which pretty much says everything, doesn't it? One dramatic departure from the Pokemon format, however, is that Moonrise will feature real-time battling. It's hard to tell just how fighting will come together, judging from the screenshots.
Moonrise will enter beta this fall, followed by a full release on iOS and Android devices in early 2015. Those going to PAX Prime will be able to check out a demo version of the game soon.