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New games in store
Despite having enough awesome games to take a vacation from real life for the next decade, we are always anxious when we hear some new title comes later this year. We picked some teasers for you.
Tales of Crestoria release date finally approaches the western market, after we waited for a full year behind schedule. Yes, the critically acclaimed Japanese RPG franchise was announced to come to our part of the world by 2019, while the series itself is over 24 years old now. Despite the long history, the game was announced as a brand-new story in the Tales series and its creators, Bandai Namco, first announced it in 2018, with a one year window for release that failed. Now, the end of our suffering is approaching its end, hopefully, as the game’s official launch is scheduled to happen sometime within 2020, although still unknown when exactly.
What will the new game be like?
Tales of Crestoria for the western market was announced in 2018, and this upcoming mobile game is a part of the Tales series. Tales is a Japanese franchise of RPGs, initially made by Namco and now by Bandai Namco Games. Famous titles from this series are Tales of Phantasia from the ‘90s, Tales of Innocence, and many more. This title, however, will have ‘crime’ at the center of the narrative, according to what we know so far. It follows a young man with a burden on his shoulders, along with characters close to him. They all have a crime each of which is a burden. It is going to be a story-driven experience with a poetic catharsis.
The game was initially announced for mobiles, both iOS, and Android, and it was supposed to arrive in 2019 as mentioned. The developers later prolonged this to 2020 and they also scheduled an open beta, which was held on time, in May 2020. Needless to say, it went great and everyone was pleased with what they saw so far. What is known is that the game will start with 6 playable characters from the start, each with their sin. However, since this was announced as a new game and each title in the Tales series is its independent storyline anyway, we can’t say what or when it takes place. However, we do know that we will have a Linear Motion Battle System in place, anime-style visuals, and a diversified gameplay pallet.
Gameplay will follow the classic Turn-based RPG control scheme, like so many good anime-style JRPGs, go for. It will have the hero collector appeal, but there will be a lot fewer characters than mobile gamers are used to in this kind of genre mix and each character will have a much greater impact on the game and the story.
Postponed a second time? Come on…
After its initial launch got postponed in 2019, Tales of Crestoria release date for English speaking areas was scheduled for this June, in 2020, but was once again the game was delayed indefinitely and set for a TBA status. Bandai Namco said that the reason was it is going through some “final adjustments”, but we can’t help thinking COVID-19 pandemic also had something to do with it. And, it is okay, just as long as the game rocks and comes out soon…ish. The developers last updated us in April, when they released the final trailer for the game that featured a theme song from a Japanese band called Gesu no Kiwami Otome, while online sources now only speculate about the launch window. We sure hope it comes fast!
League of Legends: Wild Rift pre-register has been open for a better part of the year and, frankly, the fans are starting to wonder about this title. The game has sparked quite an interest throughout the community and wider even ever since its announcement and fingers are tapping in anticipation. While the title is still expected to drop in 2020, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the production was slowed down like so many other projects all over the world. Well, at least it was not halted and the release date is still due in 2020! We’ve checked to see how things are going so far and here is the latest…
Still, expected for 2020?
Riot Games, owned by Tencent, revealed about a year ago that they have a plan to introduce many new games in the coming year as well as to transition on other platforms. Thus, they are bringing LoL to mobile phones and consoles, and the year 2020 was supposed to be their year of change. Also, other games of other genres will be included, but only some details about this particular upcoming project have been made known to the public. League of Legends: Wild Rift for Android and iOS (and consoles) was promised to arrive in 2020, about a year from the first announcement in October 2019. In fact, at the time of the reveal, it turned out the project was in the making for quite some time now.
The game was being completely rebuilt “from scratch” as they said, not taking anything from the original League of Legends PC version, in terms of assets and stuff. Of course, the game is still bringing the same characters presumably, with perhaps some changes, and of course, it is still going to be in the same MOBA genre, without which this would be an entirely different story. And, yes, the League of Legends: Wild Rift release date is still set for 2020, with the exact date TBA. If it hasn’t changed by now, after the pandemic has done most of its damage already, it is safe to assume it won’t change at all.
Wait, what are they changing again?
Well, Riot did say it is an “upcoming multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) for mobiles”, meaning it is the same game. It will only be naturally adapted for faster gameplay, which is mandatory for mobile gaming. Like Tencent’s Arena of Valor, which helped set the standards for mobile MOBAs, the gameplay needs to be snappy, fast, smooth, easily accessible via mobile controls, but also more advanced because the genre needs to be pushed forward if it’s to make use of the mobile market. Similarly, bringing LoL on consoles will require a complete revamp of the controls and mechanics, but also visuals and other system-related tweaks. Wild Rift will bring 40 familiar characters from the existing champion roster at the start, with more to come later. Other details are still kept tightly hidden but it seems that the game is not that far away.
Changing to DUAL JOYSTICK SYSTEM
The obvious thing changing when you port a PC title to mobiles and consoles is the control scheme. Well, recently, RIOT revealed how they plan to tackle this problem and that is to switch to a dual joystick system. This makes some of the abilities and functionality we’ve had on the PC version of LOL hard to imagine, but the developing team says they are focusing on this part very much and that this might change how some abilities work. For instance, some double-click abilities would be changed to be an aimed skill-shot now, like Miss Fortune’s Double Tap.
Suing Mobile Legends
If you haven’t played Mobile Legends, then at least someone invited you to play this “mobile game that is exactly like LoL, just on mobiles” Well, it appears that the Shangai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in China also agrees that it is the same as LoL and in a lawsuit Tencent and RIOT filed against Moonton, they won. The judge has awarded a $2.9M lawsuit in favor of Tencent Holdings and Moonton has paid up. The same lawsuit was attempted earlier in California, by RIOT, but was ruled out.
They did say 12 months or so, in October 2019, so their original time frame is still not up. And, even if it was we have tiny microscopic organisms to thank for. However, the announced open beta is already late, as it was originally expected for early 2020. This doesn’t have to mean that League of Legends: Wild Rift release date is also going to be a few months late, but it can’t hurt to be prepared to wait a little longer. The important thing to note is that the game is being built in the same engine, by the same people, and for the same audiences, although it is expected to reach wider groups this time.
EVE Echoes open Beta began this last December 2019, as the first EVE Online franchise that is finally coming to mobile devices. So far, it has achieved very positive feedback and reviews and we were all eagerly waiting for the official launch. Well, it is not finally confirmed. After being vaguely slated for the Spring of 2020, EVE Echoes mobile game officially launches in the Summer of 2020, August to be exact. The word comes from the presentation held by NetEase and helmed by their Senior Producer Wei Su.
Eve Echoes launches this August on both Android and iOS. It is a joint venture by EVE Online’s CCP Games and NetEase from China, as the game brings the authentic EVE Online experience to mobiles, with a few adaptations made of course. The developers promised long ago that they are bringing the experience untainted or reduced for mobile gaming. This is very important to many fans as the game is no less than a revolutionary step in mobile gaming, adapted from the cult-favorite PC game.
EVE Online is primarily famous and praised for its community and the fact that that community is included in the very game development closely. This is important because the community feedback for this mobile version of the game has been quite positive, the fans are satisfied as well as newcomers to the franchise, so it is everything they promised. The open beta showed that the deeply immersive Sci-fi sandbox massively multiplayer online game can be very well presented on a mobile platform, with its full experience.
It took quite a while for the critically acclaimed space-based MMORPG to get ported to mobiles, but it is finally releasing worldwide this summer. Once again, EVE Echoes release date is set for August 2020, while we do not know if the current progress players made within the beta phase will stay (probably not). Also, developers will prepare multiple servers and 8000+ planets, slightly less than the PC version. However, it will bring over 100 ship types and an incredibly large content, perhaps never-before-seen in mobile gaming.
Action FPS games keep evolving further and pushing the envelope, and Rise: Shooter Arena is the next step in the Android action first-person shooting genre. It is being brought to us by a veteran company and it certainly looks impressive at first glance, in what little gameplay footage there is. This title’s release date is not exactly pinpointed, but it is going to be soon, probably in a month or two, while you can pre-register on Google Play now if you like what you see.
The game will be offered by Fun Games For Free company which is as said veterans with many titles already on the market. Some of their acclaimed gaming apps include Sniper 3D: Fun Offline Gun Shooting Games Free, War Machines: Tank Battle, Flight Pilot Simulator 3D, War Heroes: Strategy Card Game for Free, Castle Crush: Epic Battle, and many more. They certainly lean towards the war games and simulations, so they do have extended experience in this area, so that is why we believe they will do us justice with Rise: Shooter Arena Android game.
At first glance, the game looks like a mix of Guns of Boom and Fortnite (but its FPS). It uses realistic mechanics mostly, so no building stairs or things like that. The control scheme seems a bit improved for the genre overall, with shooting being done automatically when you are targeting an enemy, but there could be an option to tap to fire. Rise: Shooter Arena gameplay footage shows the usual types of weapons, snipers, auto rifles, semi-auto rifles, various guns, and other things. There are, of course, healing packs, grenades, armor, and more.
As mentioned, Rise: Shooter Arena release date is still not set, but the game is in its pre-register stage a final stage of development, so it will undoubtedly be pretty soon. The game also features in-game currencies, unlockable weapons, boosts, and lots of stuff to upgrade and gain, so its best to get an early start and play it as soon as it comes out. If you want to be notified, pre-register for Rise: Shooter Arena Android on Google Play.
Get ready to bring justice by the gun in the upcoming Frontier Justice – Return to the Wild West mobile game. As the title says, it’s time to go back to the 19th century, after the Civil War when things were getting on. There were a lot of unclaimed territories, lots of resources in the decimated land, no law in sight, and a lot of trigger-happy people with guns and no better things to do. We will take the side of the law in this one as this game brings an exciting story, cool diversified gameplay, and atmosphere that is obvious from the trailers.
Listed in the strategy genre, Frontier Justice – Return to the Wild West will bring an interesting fusion of gameplay mechanics. The story is, as mentioned, set after the civil war ended, in 1870. The new kind of war, however, has started. Money, women, and whiskey were everywhere, in this now new land of America where the only law was – kill or be killed. The players assume the role of a bounty hunter, male or female, and the tutorial mission takes us to a town where the mayor was kidnapped.
Not to spoil anything, but after we get things back in order, the town asks us to become the new sheriff and stay for some time and this is the point where the strategy begins. The city functions as a dwelling, as you evolve it, go on missions, gather resources, build up defenses, and other fancy things. The best thing about Frontier Justice – Return to the Wild West upcoming mobile game is the mentioned diversified gameplay.
It won’t just bring standard strategy den evolution gameplay, as there will be many new and interesting features and mechanics. Firstly, the game brings several different modes to explore, like the Duel Mode, Hunting Mode, Bounty Missions, Construction, purchasing weapons at the Gunsmith, and lots more. Also, we will get the chance to participate in the inevitable Games of Chance, Horse Raising, Unlocking weapons and upgrades, and forming alliances.
Pre-registration for Frontier Justice – Return to the Wild West is now open and the game arrives to both Android and iOS. Pre-registered users will get a $100 worth in-game currencies and rewards, courtesy of ONEMT, the game’s developer and publisher, from China. They are formed since 2015 and have several mobile gaming titles out on the market, mostly Eastern oriented. This appears to be the studio’s first jab at the western market, thus it looks like an ambitious ploy. Frontier Justice mobile game launches soon, as the exact release date is undisclosed, but this passion project certainly has our attention.
SINoALICE is coming to the western market on July 1st, 2020. Square Enix promised a worldwide release in July, which is almost 3 full years after the game came out in Japan originally. Well, it’s about time if you ask us. They are promising that the game will be up to date to the fullest, with all updates and additions made over the last 3 years. And, now, Square Enix is also celebrating over 2 million pre-registrations for this title and are celebrating with a pre-release announcement.
SINoALICE is a fantasy anime-style RPG that is coming to both iOS and Android Smartphones. The game comes from the mind of non-other than Yoko Tako, who is a renowned video game director and writer known for Nier series, Drakengard, and others. He is the president and CEO of Bukkoro and for this game they also employed Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi, and Shotaro Seo, renowned composers, to produce a great and original soundtrack. It is for these reasons and more that this game enjoys such high praise and critical success in the Asian market.
The overall art style and atmosphere of SINoALICE are obvious and unprecedented, even if you don’t understand the lore or the story, which is why there is such high interest in the game. It is an epic fantasy story. It centers on a very peculiar library, which stores all stories about everything and everyone in the world. The main characters, the girls, have a mission to complete the stories and they delve into various epic adventures along the way. However, as the game unfolds, there is a hint of an ultimate enemy and a Crossover Tale.
What this does is that it opens up endless possibilities for different and interesting gameplay scenarios. For instance, The Weapon Tale tells the story of over 150 weapons, or The Class Tale, which is a story that changes based on our class choosing and gives us a glimpse into the minds of the characters themselves. These kinds of narratives and more are coming in a real-time environment gameplay, with turn-based battles, Guild Battles for up to 15 vs 15 players, Co-Op multiplayer, and more. Of course, it is the single-player campaign that will prove the most engaging, while multiplayer is the destination for end game content.
The celebration due to SINoALICE surpassing over 2 million pre-registrations has been announced a few days ago by Square Enix and it includes events, planned to hit right after the release on July 1st, 2020. The first is NieR: Automata, which hits July 16 and lasts until August 6, 2020, and the other is NieR RepliCant, which starts August 6 and lasts until August 20, 2020. These events will bring iconic 2B and 9S heroes to the fold and a new scenario, added to the game’s already extensive content, again incepted by Yoko Taro. SINoALICE release date is on July 1st, so strap on and enjoy the fun everyone!
Are you excited about Riot’s upcoming CCG? Legends of Runeterra puts a smile on many faces and the release date is set for April 30, 2020. While many are excited that Riot strives to offer genre diversity, others have already delved neck-deep into the gameplay of this upcoming title and have revealed that the game will bring much more than just card play. It will bring a new outlook on the genre, many innovative features, and mechanics, and it will incorporate the Characters from League Of Legends universe nicely. With just one week until release, the community is pretty hyped.
Riot was famous for its “one-hit” game mentality, and they’ve gone all-in with LoL. League of Legends is now one of the world’s leading eSports events, it has an enormous community, a loyal core fan base, and it has gone very far since it came out in 2009, eleven years ago. However, at one point, Riot just went “the hell with it!”, which was recently, and decided that now is the time to try and spread in other genres as much as possible. Thus, they’ve announced several new titles, some set in League of Legends universe, some not, but all of them in different genres, and Legends of Runeterra is their dab in the card game genre.
What’s with the genre riot, Riot?
They are also bringing us Valorant, a first-person shooter which is in closed beta right now, while LoL: Wild Rift is also in the works as a mobile edition for their MOBA hit game. All these new projects came along after Tencent Holdings, the Chinese conglomerate company, purchased Riot a few years back. It could be the part of a new strategy, or simply expanding the boundaries of their work, but whatever it is we are happy as hell!
In case you are not that informed, Legends of Runeterra arrives as a Mobile and PC game, to Microsoft Windows, Android, and iOS. It is scheduled to release for all platforms on April 30, as far as we know there were no setbacks due to the pandemic.
How good will Legends of Runeterra be?
The game will see the hallmark 1vs1 gameplay style, which works beautifully in PvP but also in PvE scenarios and it is the essence of the CCG genre in general. Players begin with four random cards and a 20 HP nexus. When the Nexus goes down, that player loses. The standard trade of cards at the start is available, while there are a myriad of ways to obtain them, through quests, through redeeming wildcards, forging them, or purchasing them for in-game premium currency.
Legends of Runeterra Cards themselves represent various League of Legends characters, abilities, or phenomena. And, this is where we come to the innovative mechanics. Spells in Legends of Runeterra are rather unique for card games and in general. There are three different types of spells:
- Slow Spells – Can only be played before or after combat round
- Fast Spells – Can be played before, during, or after combat round but will count as a turn
- Burst Spells – Can be played before, during, or after combat round but do not count as a turn
Some other unique mechanics and features set Legends of Runeterra aside from other famous card games. For instance, cards also have a unique condition which allows them to level up when it is met, during the combat. For instance, Darius levels up when the enemy Nexus is below 10HP. This mirrors the champions’ traits in LoL. We can’t wait to try them all out and check the game out when it arrives. Just one week until Legends of Runeterra release, so we are pretty hyped!
Possibly one of the most successful Metroidvania-style video games in the past several years, Dead Cells has conquered nearly all platforms, except Android. The game’s iOS mobile port came out last summer, in August 2019, and Dead Cells Android release date is planned for June 3rd, 2020. And, we say one of the most successful, because this game has earned critical acclaim all over, on all platforms, in all audiences, and all major publications. Ahead of the Android launch, we thought to take a look at where the game is currently and at what point in its development is it arriving to Google Play.
Dead Cells is developed and published by Motion Twin indie studio that was founded in 2001. Dead Cells is their first and only project so far, and while they did want to go on to create more games, they are still a small team, reportedly up to 10 people, and still are mostly focused on this game. The result is perhaps the most updated and tightly polished multi-platform game today.
Dead Cells was first available in early access for about 1 year and then it came out in 2019 for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch simultaneously. The only thing missing was the mobile port and in the summer of 2019, Dead Cells iOS arrived to the iTunes App Store. The game earned extremely positive feedback, which emphasizes its balancing and pacing in particular. Currently, it has overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam and a staggering 4.8-star score out of several thousand votes on the iTunes App Store, even though it is a premium game on all platforms.
The iOS version costs $8.99, while the PC version on Steam is at $24.99, often with discounts. The game paired the roguelike setting with an action platform Metroidvania environment. The players take control of a slimy creature that enters a corpse and takes control over it, in a dungeon. Then, the slime must fight its way out using the body. Dead Cells offers various unique gameplay mechanics, weapons, tools for exploring and surviving, while the dungeons are all procedurally generated. Main enemies are the undead, while between each level of the dungeon, the players can upgrade and stock up at a vendor.
The main in-game currency is ‘cells’, and with it, players can upgrade permanently, unlock and purchase items, and do much more. However, Dead Cells’ primary fun factor and simultaneously the source of all player frustration is the permadeath system. Meaning, if you die, you lost all upgrades, items, cells, and other currencies.
The minimalistic appearance of the game is surely deceptive, as the gameplay will take you places. Arriving to Google Play, Dead Cells Android will bring the same experience as on other platforms, with the game being updated to match its current state. The release date is set for June 3, which is a little over a month from now, so get ready Android owners.
Forza Street, Android and iOS, is coming on May 5th, 2020, finally after more than a year after the first announcement. It will be a premium racing game that is available for Windows 10 already. Microsoft made sure of that, as an FTP version is downloadable via your Win10 installer. The game is a racer collector with attractive looks and a big developer behind it, so it is naturally starving for attention.
Forza Street is the last installment in the Forza (Italian for “power”) series. The developers included in are Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games, and Sumo Digital, with Xbox Game Studios being the sole publisher. Thus, the platforms this franchise is reserved for are the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and this is the first time it will come to mobiles. The game’s naturally quick pace makes it an ideal candidate to be ported for mobile. Its races are short and quick to set up and the very game is meant for weaker devices with low-end capability, meaning everyone will be able to pick it up on their mobile device.
The players will be able to enjoy all the standard racing features like collecting and upgrading cars, racing on the street in all kinds of mods and conditions, and enjoying cinematic moments and epic stunts. Pre-register for Android is already open and the publishers are promising some freebies once the game launches. Forza Street release date is in about a week’s time, so check out some of the legendary cars coming our way.
Turn 10 and Microsoft have promised that the game will be available for iPad as well, besides iPhone and Androids. It will be a premium purchase, although we are not sure about that, and it will feature in-game currencies, basic and premium as well. According to the Xbox site, pre-registration is going really well for Forza Street Android, and this they are giving away gifts to players who download and play the game within the first month from the release.
People that download and play Forza Street iOS or Android, between the release from May 5th to June 5th will be getting the Founder’s Pack as a welcoming gift. It will include the 2017 Ford GT, a rare car well-known to all who know a bit about the subject, and some gold and in-game credits. It will be delivered to all who log in through the message feature, while the car will be added to the player’s garage automatically.
Also, the developers are promising various gameplay modes. There will be quick races for under 5 minutes, an immersive story-driven mode, championships, a realistic racing experience, and much more. Forza Street PC version already reaped positive reviews all over and they are promising the same excellence ported for mobiles. After more than a year of waiting, the time has finally come.