It’s no surprise to know mobile gaming continues to take on the gaming industry by storm. According to Statista, total smartphone gaming revenue was estimated at over 63 billion U.S. dollars worldwide in 2020 alone.
Since mobile media takes more of our time, the daily time mobile users use their devices is expected to grow to 234 minutes by 2021. More internet users across the globe are now using their smartphones to browse the web and play games, rather than the traditional means of using a PC or laptop.
With that in mind, here are 10 of the best upcoming mobile games for both Android & iOS devices you shouldn’t miss!
Apex Legends Mobile
This popular Battle Royale title will soon have its official mobile port debut! Slated for a 2021 release, Apex Legends fans can expect to experience the battle for glory, fame, and fortune on the fringes of the Frontier— all on the small screen.
Apex Legends Mobile is being developed by Tencent and Respawn Entertainment. If everything goes according to the plan, the mobile version of the game may launch by October 2021.
Choose among a growing roster of powerful, diverse Legends, each with their own unique personality, strengths and abilities. Brace yourselves for deep tactical squad play and new innovations that will truly take your Battle Royale experience to the next level.
Since Apex Legends is known to have a number of huge maps, it’d be difficult for outdated, old mobile devices to smoothly run such a demanding game.
Ideally, players must have an A11 Bionic chip in their iOS devices to run Apex Legends mobile (iPhone 8 – above) while Android users will need at least a Snapdragon 625 processor or even better.
The Witcher: Monster Slayer
Heads up, The Witcher fans! An AR game is coming your way on mobile. The Witcher: Monster Slayer features a combat system and is heavily reminiscent of the original game series’ elements.
The location-based augmented-reality RPG challenges players to become a professional monster hunter, where they can venture out into the world and use their mobile devices to track witcher-world monsters that roam close-by. Much like Pokemon: Go!
Set long before the time of Geralt of Rivia, start your journey as an elite monster slayer. Be careful, as dangerous beasts may now be surrounding you. An official release date hasn’t been announced yet, but fans are anticipating its arrival in 2021.
Blizzard officially confirmed its plans to bring the ARPG classic franchise to mobile phones!
Diablo, considerably one of the world’s most popular action role-playing game (RPG) series, will be known on mobile as Diablo Immortal. It is a mobile Massively Multiplayer Online Action RPG (MMOARPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment in partnership with NetEase, coming exclusively to Android and iOS.
It will be a touchscreen-controlled take on the classic Diablo ARPG formula featuring new character classes, gameplay mechanics and locations. Fans will have to wait for news from Blizzard on a confirmed official release date, with more beta tests planned later this year.
Here’s a more detailed description from the game official website:
“Experience the world of Sanctuary, teeming with monsters and adventure, zones and dungeons to scour for legendary loot, and deep customization systems iconic to Diablo.”
Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier
Do you have what it takes to become history’s first SOLDIER? FF7: The First Soldier, a battle royale spin on the titular classic franchise, is coming to Android and iOS devices later this year.
The battle royale prequel is expected to feature a typical multiplayer shooter gunplay, but with magic spells (fireballs, cures and shield barriers,) Final Fantasy summons, and Chocobos on the battlefield. Players will also have a plethora of weapons, items and abilities at their disposal.
Based on its teaser trailer, the Shinra Electric Company is looking to upgrade its military forces by forming the Soldier program— which apparently puts them to the test in a big multiplayer fray.
Square Enix confirmed in a news release that the upcoming mobile title is set before the events of Final Fantasy 7.
Pokémon meets League of Legends? Sign us up! Pokémon Unite is considered as Pokémon’s League of Legends-style spinoff in a nutshell. This strategic team battle game is developed by The Pokémon Company and Tencent Games’ TiMi Studios.
The concept of a Pokémon MOBA game shouldn’t surprise its fans, as battling is one of the series’ primary defining factors. The free-to-play game also switches the usual aggro-focused MOBA formula to be more about competing to catch different Pokémon.
Players go head to head against each other in 5-on-5 team battles, where they will have to work with their teammates to catch wild Pokémon, level up and evolve their own Pokémon, and defeat opponents’ Pokémon.
The goal also includes taking control over multiple points across the map and earning more points than the opposing team within the allotted time.
Pokémon Unite is set to be made available for cross-platform between Switch and mobile.
Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Wands at the ready, Harry Potter fans! It has been years since the last Harry Potter movie but the magic continues to live on in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. The mobile game for iOS and Android is now available for pre-release registration in China.
The game combines RPG story-telling and card-based combat, with the premise set in the 2008–2009 school year.
The game is developed by Warner Brothers and Netease under the Portkey Games umbrella and was first announced on October 30, 2019. A confirmed global release is yet to be announced— so stay tuned!
Stumble Guys: Multiplayer Royale
Fall Guys on Mobile? Check out Stumble Guys: Multiplayer Royale! It’s arguably the best Fall Guys clone on mobile, featuring a massively multiplayer party knockout game with up to 32 players online.
It also has the same vibrant cartoonish graphics to that of its PC counterpart. The challenge is to struggle through levels round after round of escalating chaos, until one victor remains.
If you end up falling in your tracks, it’s not game over yet! Just make sure to start again and run. Dive into ridiculous challenges, bizarre obstacles, and knock down your rivals to totally wipe them out of the game.
As of writing, Stumble Guys is currently only available on the Google Play Store. The iOS version is reportedly still in development.
PUBG: New State
Let’s add a little more modern warfare dash to the traditional PUBG formula with the futuristic new battle royale game PUBG: New State. Set in 2051, the mobile BR title takes place years after the current PUBG games (which are set in approximately modern times) on a new map called Troi.
It promises to bring a new addition of futuristic weapons and vehicles, such as drones and deployable combat shields. New State is set to dive deeper into the lore of the overall PUBG universe, much to the delight of long time PUBG and BR fans.
Like other BR titles, only the strongest will be hailed as the “Lone Survivor” in this epic showdown.
PUBG Studio promises “ultra-realistic graphics that push the limits of mobile gaming” for the action-packed mobile BR title.It will be available on Android and iOS devices sometime later in 2021, with alpha tests scheduled for later this year.
Global Offensive Mobile
Although this mobile FPS shooter is currently in its closed beta stage, it is possibly the most blatant CS:GO clone on handheld devices.
It is developed and published by a Thailand-based gaming studio called “Cheese WT.” Some long-time CS:GO fans might believe it’s the official CS:GO mobile version, but this project isn’t actually supported by Valve, at all.
There are obvious similarities between Global Offensive Mobile and CS:GO, though, from weapon skins to classic maps like Inferno and Dust II. This also includes all the fan-favorite CS:GO weapons.
As for its official release date, no exact announcement has been confirmed for Global Offensive Mobile just yet. Regardless, it is expected to release sometime in 2021.
Dragon Quest Tact
With over 10 million downloads in Japan, DRAGON QUEST TACT finally comes to the West. The free-to-play mobile tactical RPG will be heading over to Android & iOS soon.
This strategy RPG will have players team up with some familiar monsters from the classic series. Players must befriend, collect, and train iconic DRAGON QUEST monsters to charge forth to epic battles.
In keeping true to its gacha nature, players can also train, customise, and expand their crew of choice as they continue along on their quest. Gradually, you can make them unique to you. At this point, it’s turning out to be a must-play for Dragon Quest and gacha fans.
In case you missed it, the DRAGON QUEST™ series helped define the RPG genre and set the standard for the early titles that followed.
Whether you are new to the series or you’ve been playing from the beginning, this new mobile title will surely give you a new unforgettable adventure!