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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.
My Turn was announced by the indie developers, Slap Studio, who slapped us with their ideas to freshen up and bring innovations to the TCG genre. They are an indie studio that is bringing this game straight to Android and iOS in the Summer of 2020 (June/July), and they are publishing it Globally straight away. Such an ambitious ploy is best matched by what these boys told us the game will be about and how they will blend the mechanics in a never-before-seen combination, along with creating new ones.
Namely, Slap Studio announces My Turn as a real-time PVP card game, which is, of course, going to be the competitive experience it should be. It will enable a worldwide multiplayer ranking system, with ladders and everything. But, unlike all popular TCG games so far, like Hearthstone and Gwent, My Turn will focus on construction! Yes, those were the words used. Construction of a mild pre-war line-up, with heroes, unique skills, and similar familiar stuff – those were the exact words used.
Cards, skills, and abilities will consume mana, so far so familiar, but heroes that are in the field will be used in the form of the cards you draw. This might be an interesting new mechanic along with a few more that will make My Turn stand out from others. Of course, no card game could go without the traditional exchange method, where friends can exchange their required cards within the circle, and it will be present here as well.
In short, what Slap Studio is doing is basically making a MOBA collectible card game, which is an interesting step away from the familiar setting of a turn-based environment. As mentioned, My Turn will be real-time, even though it is named “My turn” oddly enough. But, the entire setting is changed, where you do not see your cards on the board, but actual heroes and characters in an anime-style presentation. There is also an incredibly wide array of classes for heroes and characters, decks, all kinds of magical abilities and spells, and full throttle.
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.
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.
SINoALICE is finally coming to the western market, 3 years after the game came out in Japan. Square Enix promises a worldwide release in July 2020 and we can expect the game to its fullest, with the current updates and additions made over the last 3 years. Little is known about the lore and gameplay, for the game is in Japanese only currently, but fans of the RPG anime-style genre have been waiting for this title, and it will finally be here in two to three months time.
The game is developed by Pokelabo and it will come to both iOS and Android. The game’s director, Yoko Taro, is a renowned writer and video game director who worked on Nier series, Drakengard, and he is now the CEO and president of Bukkoro. The game also has an original soundtrack, beautifully composed by Keiichi Okabe, Shotaro Seo, and Keigo Hoashi. Keiichi’s work is known to gamers from the Tekken series, while he was also on Nier series and many more games. 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.
SINoALICE is an epic fantasy story. What we know so far is that the narrative revolves around 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.
Things like The Weapon Tale, that tell the story of more than 150 weapons, The Class Tale, which change based on class and give us a glimpse into the minds of the characters, are only some of the features that await us. SINoALICE will feature Real-Time and Turn-based battles, Co-Op multiplayer action, and even 15 vs 15 Guild Battles. The game will have an engaging single-player campaign but also a very competitive multiplayer end game experience.
The models and the graphics of SINoALICE are inspired by various vintage anime illustrations, while Square Enix recommends that the game is played with headphones for the full atmospheric effect. Well, we definitely will once it comes out! SINoALICE release date is set for July 1st, 2020, and we hope it will rock as much as it looks it can!
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.