From games like Call of Duty and Diablo, to the likes of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite there are a lot of mobile games to look forward to in 2019 for the smartphone.
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The gaming hardware debate has traditionally centered around PC versus console gaming. In the past year , that dynamic has changed dramatically to include the little device that sits in your pocket - the smartphone. With the processing and graphical prowess of smartphones reaching new heights, gaming has emerged one of the biggest use cases for the hadheld. Some smartphones can run Fortnite at an impressive visual fidelity whereas other games like PUBG ensure multiple graphical settings to cater to a wide variety of smartphones. Even at an event like E3 2018, where the focus is mostly on consoles, we saw some publishers shift focus to the smartphone gaming segment. Yes, we are looking at you Command and Conquer Rivals! If you are one that is tiptoeing into the world of gaming and aren't ready to drop the cash needed to get into console or PC gaming, then you have come to the right place. Here are all the new and upcoming mobile games that you should be paying attention to if the smartphone is your weapon of choice.
A franchise that has defined the first person shooter genre on consoles and the PC is coming to the smartphone. Call of Duty: Mobile for the smartphone was announced at GDC 2019 at the Unity press briefing and we hear the game will launch in India in November. The game is not being developed by veteran Call of Duty developers, but by the developers behind the uber-successful PUBG Mobile - Tencent. Call of Duty: Mobile will be a free to play game and you can pre-register for the game now. It will run on the Unity Engine.
Another PC and console franchise making its way to the smartphone is the Elder Scrolls. Titled The Elders Scroll: Blades, the game has been made available for early access today. The Elders Scroll: Blades is expected to launch in 2019, but there is no information on a concrete launch date. In the game, players will be able to embark upon quests, customize their city, restoring it to greatness. The game is free to play with in-app purchases.
Bringing a legendary PC role-playing game to a smartphone may have been met with some raised eyebrows. However, the gameplay trailer of Diablo Immortal looks promising and we are looking forward to embarking on this adventure. Diablo Immortal is a mobile Massively Multiplayer Online Action RPG (MMOARPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment in partnership with NetEase. The game will launch on Android and iOS devices. There is no concrete release date but pre-registration for the game is open.
Gamevil and Slightly Mad Studios are joining forces to bring Project Cars Go to Android devices. On consoles, Project Cars has been a realistic racing simulation game and we think it will try to replicate the same formula on the smartphone. It isn’t clear whether the game will be free or paid and there is no release window for the game either.
Payday: Crime War is coming to Android and iOS devices. The official website of the game reads, “For the first time ever in the PAYDAY universe, choose either between heisters or cops, and face off with style in this co-op multiplayer PvP experience! Challenge your enemies in iconic locations from the First World Bank to the Jewelry Store. Unlock upgrades and even more powerful gear along your path to improve your loadout and gain the winning edge! Grab your friends and abide the law or plan the perfect heist.” There is no information on a launch date for the game but it is speculated to launch in 2019 and it isn't clear whether the game will be free to play or a paid game.
The listing of Dead Cells has been removed from the Play Store, but the fact that the game appeared on a mobile platform store has us excited. Maybe the developers are toying with the idea of getting the dungeon crawler to smartphones, maybe it isn’t ready yet. However, the fact that a game like Dead Cells may come to the mobile platform has us excited.
H1Z1, apart from sounding like a virus is a Battle Royale game. The game has seen quite a bit of traction on the PS4. If information circulating the internet is to be believed, then we will soon see a mobile version of H1Z1. If this is true, then we can gear up for another addition to the world of Battle Royale games on smartphones.
Human: Fall Flat released for the PC back in 2016, and launched for consoles in 2017. The game is expected to hit mobile devices as well, but there is no concrete release date for the game. Human: Fall Flat is a physics-based puzzle game where players need to solve puzzles. You can bend things, quite literally, but will need to adhere to the laws of physics to get to the next level. If you fall flat in the process, you are doing something right.
One of Nintendo’s biggest franchises has already made its way to the smartphone - Mario. Now Mario is bringing his friends and another Nintendo franchise to the mobile device. Called Mario Kart Tour, the game is expected to launch in the summer of 2019. No footage of the game is available and Nintendo is playing this one close to the chest. Nonetheless, we are eagerly waiting to take on our friends in a Kart Race with our favourite characters from the world of Mario on our smartphones.
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
The cyberpunk Blade Runner movies are absolutely incredible be it the visual representation, musical score or the story arc. We are still waiting on a game that can replicate the world of Cyberpunk. For mobile gamers, however, there is a Blade Runner game to look forward to. The game appears to be a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes or Marvel Strike Force. You can check out the game on the Google Play Store.
An augmented reality game inspired by the wizarding world Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is up for pre-registration. The Google Play listing of the game says “In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players will take on the role of a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force working to solve the mystery of the Calamity. Players will be able to explore their real-world neighbourhoods and cities to discover mysterious artefacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way”. Since the developers behind the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are the masterminds behind the AR success, Pokemon Go, our expectations are high for this adventure.
In development by the minds behind PUBG Mobile, Vitality is a zombie action survival game. Vitality is just the code name and not the final name of the game. The game looks like a love child of Days Gone and Left for Dead and if it is intended to be a multiplayer Zombie shooter, we hope it mimics the latter of the 2. There is no information on a release date for the game.
Lands Next looks to be an Apex Legends like PvPP game but set in a classic Chinese setting. The game looks like it will blend old with new, giving players classic settings merged with modern gunplay. Reminds me a lot of The Order 1886. Towards the end of the video of the game, we have an Assassins Creed like eagle soaring through the sky. If the game is as interesting as its trailer and follows the team based battle presented in Apex Legends, we may just have an immersive game in our hands.
Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.
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