02 Dec 2019
The mobile gamer can look back on 2018 with an affectionate and foggy eye, safe in the knowledge that gaming on mobile devices becomes more diverse, refined and polished every year. In this respect, 2019 has also proved to be a banner year in this area.
Roughly speaking, the most exciting upcoming games can be split into three groups: the mega hits in the name of the brand, board game adjustments and indie projects. Read on to see what the who & # 39; s who from mobile gaming is preparing for this year’s treats.
The best iOS and Android games from 2019 (so far)
There have been a number of excellent releases this year, and not all were expected / on this list. If you haven’t done this yet, check out these games:
Upcoming mobile games 2020
- Commandos 2, which was originally in the main list below, went out on mobile to 2020. It will be released on PC this year, but they will probably only talk to the developers of GamesCom about the new year with mobile testing, so we still have some time to wait.
- Homeworld Mobile was announced at the same time as Homeworld 3. We are only gambling on a 2020 release here, but it is within the possibilities.
- Eve Echoes – the EVE Online spin-off goes to Beta Open in December, which means that we are looking at a general release in 2020.
- Teamfight Tactics Mobile – From Riot & # 39; s view of Auto Chess, it is confirmed that it is coming to mobile.
- Legends of Runeterra – Riot & # 39; s (incredibly late) answer to Hearthstone. Yay, another CCG …
- League of Legends: Wild Rift – A mobile variant of Legaue of Legends for mobile devices.
- Runescape Mobile – current in Early Access on Google Play if you are a PC subscriber. I don’t think a full rollout will be until 2020, but you never know.
- Diablo Immortal – Project is still alive and good from BlizzCon 2019, but no release date means that this is certainly a 2020 release, at least.
- Minecraft Earth – It is now available in Early Access in most large areas, although the & # 39; full & # 39; release will only appear in 2020.
- Maze Machina – the current new project from Arnold Rauers / TinyTouchTales. It’s in Alpha now, so we’ll probably see this in 2020.
Space Grunts 2 (turn-based strategy / Roguelike)
Publication date: December 3, 2019
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The original Space Grunts was one of our favorite games in 2016 – an excellent combination of turn-based strategy with roguelike elements. Now OrangePixel wants to try to catch some of that magic again with a sequel. Space Grunts 2 brings back that typical turn-based flair with procedural generation, but now adds a map-based battle and inventory system to shake things up a bit.
It is currently in Steam Early Access on PC and the iOS release is expected tomorrow. View the official YouTube channel of OrangePixel for regular information about the progress of the game.
Black Desert Mobile (MMORPG)
Official issue: December 11, 2019
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Black Desert Online is a popular free-to-play MMORPG that has become a silent sensation in the now-deserted area of PC MMORPG’s. With the war officially & # 39; over & # 39; and World of Warcraft still king, you wouldn’t think they would have room for another big MMO, but here we are. Black Desert Online is a freemium game that really balances its free content and premium pricing options. It also has a lot to offer in terms of search content, crafts and customization, not to mention a wide range of interesting classes.
Now the developers want to bring the game to mobile, which will happen in December. We imagine that the graphics are reduced to facilitate playing on tablets and phones, but otherwise it is not 100% clear what the differences will be at the moment. We know that & # 39; MMORPG & # 39; has its own rather negative connotations on mobile devices, but there is a reason why this is so popular on PC, so if you’re looking for something like WOW on your handheld device, this is a good place to start.
Company of Heroes (WW2 Tactical RTS)
Publication date: December?
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We honestly don’t deserve Feral Interactive. In a sea of games fighting and struggling against the vagaries of mobile gamers and business models, here is a company that decided to become really good at transferring things to iOS, and at the same time decided to become really chummy with companies such as SEGA. This is the company that brought us Rome: Total War and Tropico to tablets and phones … and now they bring us that most sacred of strategy games, Company of Heroes.
The gold standard of squadron-based real-time tactical strategy gaming, and they just casually bring it to your handheld device as if it wasn’t a problem. We don’t know much about it right now, except it still has to officially appear in 2019 … so somewhere in the next 29 days. It only comes to iPad to start with, just like their tradition with most of their ports. It is also premium, without IAP & # 39; s, and contains only the basic game content for starters.
Phantom Doctrine (turn-based strategy)
Another one that some of us are really looking forward to. Phantom Doctrine was an attempt to create an XCOM-like game that takes place during the Cold War. You run an international espionage agency and you must train your agents, develop their coverage and embed them in locations, as well as perform other espionage acts and intrigues. There is a & # 39; basic / strategic & # 39; part, and then a turn-based tactical part. What not only stops this as a sign in the direction of Bond-like espionage is that most turn-based tactical battles can begin peacefully and even end without firing a shot, provided you do your job well enough.
It’s pretty good, although it was a bit glitchy when it was first launched, but on the condition that XCOM fits well on tablet and mobile, I have no doubt that the mobile version of Phantom Doctrine is for us. Given that there was no real release window, a release in 2019 might be a bit ambitious, but we are excited!
Tom Clancy & # 39; s Elite Squad (Collectable RPG / Battler Thing)
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Not sure if this is turn-based or real-time – there is not much information outside of the E3 2019 trailer. Ubisoft offers players the chance to assemble a team of 5 people with characters from their entire franchise, where you must collect and upgrade characters and fight the AI or other players in 5v5 battles. There will be a story for one player + guild versus guild warfare.
No release date, but pre-registration is already live so I expect at least a beta or something this year, with perhaps the full release early next year, if not by Christmas. However, I stick to what I said when we originally reported on this – I think Ubisoft is missing a trick by not making this an Auto Chess game.
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall (As Above)
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Behavior Interactive (those who made Fallout Shelter) had their own announcement as this year’s E3. In the same spirit as Ubisoft & # 39; s Elite Squad, BE is working with HBO on Beyond the Wall, another RPG / Strategy / Squad Battler thing. Usually individual new games that share the same basic DNA represent an emerging trend, but again, I think the guys have completely missed the fact that Auto Chess is underway.
Yet all parts are present to make this a potentially exciting experience – you have to recruit people for the Night Watch, go beyond the Wall and defend the Wall against wildlings. In an effort to cash in on the recently completed television show, there will be a magical reason for a mumbo jumbo to also recruit or collect famous people from the TV series (this game officially plays half a decade for book 1, so you you can imagine that there is a little creative license here). Pre-registration is live on both iOS and Android, and so far an open beta has been rolled out to users in the Philippines.
Final Fantasy (Tactical RPG)
We are merging two Final Fantasy games into one entry because there is not much to say about it at the moment. At E3 it was announced that Remaster from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle will also hit tablets and smartphones. We expect this to fall in the winter. Here is the trailer:
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Meanwhile, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius gets a tactical RPG spin-off, War of the Visions. We are not yet 100% on details or release window, but it also has a trailer:
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From the park GO! (Sports Management)
Although not the father of sportsims who is Football Manager, the OOTP Baseball series simply has a permanent place in the hearts of baseball fans. The mobile version of OOTP is a series of games called MLB Manager, the most recent of which we reviewed last year. It seems that the developer is starting all over again for the next iteration, even re-branding again to become OOTP GO! This is what they have to say about it:
OOTP Go! is free to play, including full access to Perfect Team and the ability to create and play fictional solo competitions. Current MLB schedules are a $ 4.99 in-app purchase, international competitions are $ 1.99 each and historic MLB seasons will be (as usual) $ 0.99 (plus bundles are available for a reduced price) ).
The last thing we heard of a public beta was about to start soon, so we’ll be surprised if it can still come out this year. Comes to both iOS and Android.
Dire Wolf Digital (board game)
This is not the name of a game, but the name of a company that announced this year that they are making a huge amount of digital board game adjustments. Because we only have the announcement text, we decided to keep the new games in one place until we know more. The company recently released its first offer from the list, Raiders of the North Sea, at the end of July. We are not sure if they can release much more before the year is over, but here are the remaining ports they have on their list:
- Mage Knights – It is worth noting that this is the first step in a larger agreement with WizKids, so it is likely that we will see more announcements this year.
- Wings of Glory – A popular aerial photo game on the screen.
- Sagrada – A dice game about creating artworks.
- Root – the recent Kickstarter feeling about asymmetrical warfare in the forest.
We will update as we learn more.
Terraforming Mars (Board game)
Terraforming Mars sounds like a noble goal for all of humanity. In reality, the game is a push-and-pull competition for companies to perform through prestige by … terraforming Mars. Three categories: oxygen, temperature and ocean coverage determine the endgame, but to get there, players will turn the red planet into a clear blue hope. However, it is a euro: precisely balanced, complicated, partly dependent, and inevitably point-based. But the close match between theme and technology makes this game very satisfying and intuitive to learn and explain, and the mechanism for action selection is uniquely innovative and inspired. Just as I think that board game design has been tapped, something exceptional is coming to the top.
There was a limited beta on mobile, but then the developer went bankrupt. We recently heard that Asmodee Digital has retained the rights and resources for the mobile version, so that hopefully they can get a new developer on board. However, whether we see this towards the end of the year is a gamble.
Impossible bottles (rhythm / action)
Several robots move in their bottles and rage around like a bull in a porcelain cupboard. Each level presents one of these impossible bottles that the player can fix by manipulating the environment and repairing the situation, or at least soothing the only occupant. A scientist built these robots as part of a perpetual motion machine for unlimited energy, but they don’t work exactly as they are. The secret to solving everything is music, or in gameplay terms: rhythm.
One-touch gameplay and lush, fantastic art: it was planned with a half-yearly release that clearly hasn’t happened yet, and we need to hear something else.
Heaven’s Vault (Interactive Fiction)
We are not sure what is going on with Inkle & # 39; s or 80 Days interactive fiction) latest game Heaven & # 39; s Vault. It is currently available on Steam and Playstation, and a Switch version is planned for 2020. Regarding mobile? Who knows. I was worried that the Switch may steal some mobile ports, although you never know – Apple Arcade can change that now.
An archaeologist-slash-xenolinguist investigates the dusty remains of an extraterrestrial civilization on an unknown planet, with a vibrant background of sienna sand and sky blue. There are some pretty handy procedural tricks behind code breaking and translation, and while the story-telling approach is a little less handmade, it has the potential to have even more surprises and replayability than the 80-trotting globe .
Other missing games from 2018
As a reminder, here is a short list of some other games that we expected last year, but which never appeared on mobile:
- Exodus: Proxima Centauri (board game)
- Epic Card Game
- Lord of the Rings Living Card Game (now available on PC)
- Monster Slayers (card game)
- EVE: War of Ascension (MMO) (Possibly replaced by EVE: Echoes?)
Have you seen other games this year that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments.