Temtem—PC’s reply to Pokemon—has been totally launched for nearly a 12 months, hatching out of early entry in September 2022. Since then it is had 4 main patches, a handful of seasonal occasions, and has dug itself a comfy little nook into the marketplace for these with out a Change, in addition to seasoned Pokemon followers who need to shake issues up just a little.

Enter—very all of a sudden—Temtem Showdown. It is a free-to-play model of Temtem that dropped out of the blue yesterday, one which permits gamers to arrange a roster of Temtem and hop into battle. It has some neat cross-pollination with the primary game, too.

An official FAQ by Crema clarified just a few issues. Firstly, you may combat gamers who’re within the base game and take part in TemCS, Temtem’s official event system. Secondly, you may earn rewards to make use of within the base game—whether or not or not you personal it—so it is a stable technique to seize gamers who have not but purchased into Crema’s spin on the style. So long as you will have each Temtem and Temtem: Showdown on the identical account, hopping between the 2 needs to be seamless. The one main draw back is you could’t customise your coach except you personal the bottom game.

It is an enormous high quality of life increase for anybody desirous to check out aggressive Temtem, because the busywork of the style’s trappings—coaching, breeding, stat administration—is stripped away. You hop on, get a staff collectively, and combat stuff. Even the title Temtem: Showdown is a little bit of an in-joke, sharing a subtitle with the unsanctioned Pokemon: Showdown, typically utilized by aggressive Pokemon lovers to skip that very same grind. 

This appears each a genre-savvy and apparent alternative: it is passive promoting for folks nonetheless on the fence, it opens a barrier to entry that is plagued its Change-exclusive competitor for years, and it helps you to earn rewards for the bottom game. It appears like gamers can now merely deal with Temtem as an MMO: they will give attention to doing occasions, attempting to find garments, discovering “Luma Temtem” (the game’s Shiny equal) and exploring the world.