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Everything you need to know about Temtem's launch on PS5

A next-gen port for the online Pokémon clone is on the way.

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What if Pokémon was a massively multiplayer online experience? And instead of generic enemy trainers who foolishly use all of one monster type, the world was instead populated by real trainers who put through into their teams?

Appealing to the crowd frustrated by the latest Pokémon games, Temtem from Crema and Humble Games offers a compelling Pokémon alternative that splits the difference between Pokémon and World of Warcraft. While it's been in early access for some time, its full release is coming to PlayStation 5 soon.

If you're looking for a Pokémon-like game to play on your next-gen system or just want to try something similar to Pokémon Legends: Arceus after beating it, this is everything you need to know about the release of Temtem on PS5.

When is the Temtem PS5 release date?

Temtem will be released on September 6, 2022. The game has been playable on PS5 in early access since December 8, 2020. While no longer the only console Temtem will be playable on, it will still be one of the most interesting RPGs on the console.

Temtem’s 1.0 release will also be coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Is there a trailer for Temtem on PS5?

Yes! While many trailers for Temtem have been released in the past, a brand new one was released on May 24 to reveal the 1.0 launch date for the game's PS5 port.

Check it out:

While the trailer is under a minute, it still is able to show quite a bit of gameplay, both in and out of battle. After watching it, you should be able to see why the game is often compared to Pokémon. The influence is clear in both style and gameplay.

Is Temtem a PS5 exclusive?

No, after being the only console Temtem was playable on throughout early access, the game will be coming to other platforms.

A PC version is already available on Steam, and while the PS5 was the only console to get early access to the game, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X versions are also releasing with 1.0. There will be crossplay between the platforms, so you can play with friends that already own Temtem on other consoles or PC.

How is Temtem different from Pokémon?

On the surface, Temtem and Pokémon have quite a lot in common. They're both turn-based, creature-collection RPGs. And the designs of the game's Tems definitely resemble those from Pokémon, Digimon, and other franchises of that ilk. This game is not affiliated with Pokémon at all, however, so all of the creatures, types, and moves are unique.

The standard Temtem battle is also 2v2 instead of 1v1, and moves pull from a stamina bar instead of a set number of PP. Overall, the developers tried to focus more on competitive play than the typically casual Pokémon experience. That aspect of the game benefits from Temtem also being an MMO.

Why is Temtem an MMO?

Imagine if the Wild Areas from Pokémon Sword and Shield were more fleshed-out and every area in the game played like them. That's the higher level of multiplayer interaction that Temtem is going for. As such, Temtem fully supports co-op, and you'll see tons of players venturing around the game's world as you progress.

You can battle, trade, chat, and fight over Club Dojos with other players. The live-service nature of Temtem also means that the game is constantly updated and that there are new quests that players can complete weekly.

Temtem is very multiplayer oriented

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What does being in early access mean for Temtem?

When it first came to PS5, Temtem was in early access. If you've never heard that term before, it means that the game isn't complete yet, but the developers have players pay for access to the game, play what's there, and give feedback to the developers. As such, it will be a bit rougher around the edges and may include some bugs.

Right now, Temtem only has five islands for players to explore, but six are intended for the full game. There are 130 Tems for players to collect in the early access version of Temtem, and the developers estimate that it has about 40 hours worth of gameplay. Over time, the developers are also promising to finish the game's story, add more Tems for the player to find, and flesh out the multiplayer and endgame features.

What is Temtem's price?

The price of Temtem will actually increase over time.

Right now, the game costs $41.99 on PS5, with a $61.99 deluxe edition. Once Temtem launches in September with more content added, that price will rise to $44.99 for the standard edition and $64.99 for the Deluxe Edition.

Is there a collector’s edition of Temtem?

The Collector’s edition comes with all the cute Temtem merch you need.


Yes! The Temtem collector's edition will cost $99.99 and can be pre-ordered from Final Boss Bundle. Some of the goodies included are stickers, patches, and pins of some of the games Tems. But the main attraction is the 6-inch starter statue. Just remember that this edition does not actually come with a copy of the game.

Temtem will be released for PS5 on September 6, 2022.

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