Category Archives: Upcoming Games

If you're the kind of person who gets annoyed by vaguebooking, chances are this latest "announcement" by Nintendo isn't going to do too much for you. However, if you're the kind of person who loves to be teased along by video game marketing, boy do we have a treat for you. Nintendo has been tweeting various things from Pocket Camp since the game soft launched a few weeks ago, but today's tease surrounds the fact that the Animal Crossing fortune teller, Katrina, might have something mysterious in store for us soon:..

Halfbrick's AR Thriller 'Shadows Remain' Releasing November 16th

The Australian developer Halfbrick is primarily known for its smash hit Fruit Ninja, but on November 16th the developer is bringing us a very different game called Shadows Remain [Free], an Augmented Reality thriller. As we talked about a few weeks back, Shadows Remain is hoping to push the gameplay possibilities of augmented reality and Apple's ARKit by allowing players to control the game's dynamic camera, shift perspectives, and solve various optical illusions. I'm hoping that Shadows Remain will be the first sign of AR-based gameplay maturing and becoming more than a gimmick. If the optical illusions idea works well, I can see this being an important moment in AR games...




Check Out the First 6 Minutes of 'Sky' Narrated by thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen

One of the biggest surprises of 2017 for me was seeing thatgamecompany, the award winning studio behind such amazing games as Journey and the recently released on iOS Flower [$4.99], announce their newest game during an Apple event this past September. The game is called Sky and while it debuted on an Apple TV it's actually going to be fully universal with support for iPhone and iPad. In fact, being that the game is developed for mobile first, the entire thing has been designed around touchscreen controls and should largely be playable with just a single thumb or finger. While thatgamecompany has said that Sky is a "game about giving" and we knew there was a huge social component with other live players all playing inside the same world, we still don't really know a ton of details about what you actually do in the game. Well, the good folks over at IGN have posted a lengthy video narrated by thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen which shows off the beginnings of the game while he discusses some of the thinking that went into the design decisions in Sky. It's incredibly interesting, check it out...

'Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets' is the New Puzzle Adventure from the Makers of 'Nihilumbra'

Spanish developer BeautiFun Games are known for their unique and moody platforming adventure Nihilumbra [$2.99] as well as their strategy RPG Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age, and today they've announced their newest project which falls right in line with their previous titles in looking really strange (in a good way). It's called Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets and it's a puzzle adventure that has you playing as a lowly intern who is tasked with escaping the Aurora Space Station after a bunch of man-eating alien creatures have escaped. Check out the game's trailer...

Jumping is the Key to Survival in the Aptly Titled 'Sir Vival - Do Something or Die!', Coming December 7th

There are clever game names and then there's Sir Vival - Do Something or Die!, which is pretty much next level when it comes to a perfect name for a game about survival. In it you play as the titular Sir Vival as you bounce through an endless supply of over 30 different types of environments collecting stars and hopefully avoiding the numerous hazards. Jumping is automatic so your only job as the player is to guide Sir Vival left and right by touching either side of the screen. It's sort of like Bean Dreams [$2.99] meets 1001 Attempts [Free]. Check out the trailer...

Upcoming Real-Time Strategy Game 'Dereliction' Gets a New Trailer

Back in early August we checked out an upcoming sci-fi real-time strategy game called Dereliction which centered around a team of soldiers who would board derelict spacecraft that have been overrun by alien bug-like creatures and clear the little goobers out so they could get the ships back in working order. It sounded like a pretty cool premise for a game and the early screenshots also looked promising. Well, work has continued on Dereliction in the months since then and today the developer has released a brand new trailer showing an up-to-date version of the game in action...

What makes a good mobile esport game? That is a question that many developers (and investors) are dying to answer, but it's not an easy one to figure out. The developers of Arena of Valor, Tencent's huge MOBA, are also wondering whether the game will make for a good esport, and they want to hear from players tomorrow during the game's first Reddit AMA. At 17:00 CET, you'll get a chance to talk to the developers about Arena of Valor's esport potential, whether you think changes are needed for the game to take off, or even whether the esport effort and money should be put elsewhere...

Kid-Oriented 'Pooka: Magic and Mischief' Is a Colorful Open-World Adventure

If you have kids and want to give them a colorful, open-world adventure to enjoy, Pooka: Magic and Mischief might be just the game for you, if you don't mind its free-to-play monetization system. This upcoming game has players create their own little Pookas, who are, of course, adorable and furry, and then saving the world from the infections Gloom invasion, which is—as expected—gloomy. In a very free-to-play way, the land will get more gloomy if you're away for long, which is a great way to ensure that players come back often and to give them a sense of actually changing the world around them and making an impact (as well as making them spend more money). The Pookas are made up of parts you find along the way, and there are over 150 of them, which will make for a ton of combinations...

Enjoy the 'Lineage 2: Revolution' Launch Trailer and Get Ready for Massive Battles

We are only 2 days away from the launch of the ambitious MMO Lineage 2: Revolution, but the launch trailer is already here, and it's pretty cool. The trailer shows off a lot of the chaotic, large-scale battles that will be the game's most distinctive feature. Lineage 2 will bring a huge open world to mobile and 200-player castle sieges. We are also getting 30v30 and 50v50 PvP battles, all of which should combine to make Lineage 2 feel massive and, truly, an MMO. Fortunately, the game will have clans and the ability to use your microphone for in-game chat to help facilitate social play. At the same time, when chat is added to a multiplayer game, the internet tends to show its true colors...

'Hero Emblems 2' Pushed Back to 2018, Fantastic New Gameplay Trailer Released

One of 2015's best games was HeatPot's Hero Emblems [$3.99], a match-3 RPG with strong gameplay mechanics, a fantastic cast of characters, and a charming story. Oh, and unlike most its siblings in the genre, this one was a totally paid, premium title. Even two and a half years ago it was hard getting into a new matching game due to the over-saturation of the genre, but Hero Emblems was a bright spot that brought its own fresh perspective. I freaking love that game. Anyway, in September of last year we learned that HeatPot Games were working on a sequel that looked to improve on its predecessor in pretty much every way. Our own Shaun Musgrave was able to go hands-on with an in-progress version of Hero Emblems 2 during Tokyo Games Show just a few days later, and it was shaping up to be one of the best releases of 2017. Well, today HeatPot announced that the game needs more time than they anticipated to get it where they want, and so it won't be releasing in 2017 as they planned. To ease the blow of that delay, however, they've released a new trailer for the game and it is looking absolutely spectacular...

Golf/RPG Hybrid 'RPGolf' Gets New Trailer and is Coming "Very Very Soon"

While Golf Story has been soaking up all the love from folks wanting an RPG spin on their golfing, there's another golf/RPG hybrid game that's been in the works for quite a while and is finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. It's called RPGolf and we actually first posted about it way back in February of last year while it was in the midst of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. I actually became a backer of the project, and so for the past year and a half or so I've been receiving plenty of updates on the game's progress from the team. It's been a long time coming, but today's update brought some very great news. First off is the game's new official trailer...

'Football Manager Touch 2018' Brings New Graphics Engine,  Medical Center, and Other Useful  Additions

Football Manager Mobile 2018 [$8.99] is out today, so those who only have a phone or those who like a simpler, faster experience are probably already playing well into their first season. But those who have recent tablets and want an experience closer to the PC one are anxiously waiting for Football Manager Touch 2018 to hit on November 24th (two weeks delayed). So far, Sports Interactive has been quite stingy with details on the upcoming game, but the Steam version is up now, and that provides details on what is new for this year and should help you decide whether you should buy Football Manager Touch 2018 once it comes out or whether you should stick with the previous version (if you already own that)...

In 'Veritas', from 'Forever Lost' Devs, You Are the Science Experiment

Forever Lost [$2.99] was a pretty spooky adventure game set in the happiest place on earth, an abandoned asylum where nothing is what it seems. The episodic adventure game was praised for being engrossing and macabre, and now its developers, Glitch Games, are bringing us another unsettling adventure game called Veritas. In Veritas, you are a volunteer who's agreed to take part in the final stages of the Insomnium Project, a very secretive project that barely anyone knows about. Veritas Industries was founded back in the 19th century with the goal of pushing the boundaries of science, so, what could go wrong, right? The volunteers get to live in a facility built specifically for this experiment, and that's where you find yourself waking up...

Nitrome and Keybol Announce 'Tower Fortress' is Coming November 16th

Back in August of last year, Pretentious Game and Kill the Plumber developer Keybol announced a new mobile game project called Tower Fortress. It was to be an action platforming game that had you working your way up a tower full of levels, blasting away baddies in the process and hopefully avoiding the spinning spike wheel of death that was slowly following you up the tower and forcing you to keep moving. It definitely had a bit of a Downwell vibe and was also pretty similar to Nitrome's wonderful Leap Day. That last point is important, as originally Tower Fortress was set to launch in March of this year, but we learned in April that the game was being delayed as Keybol had actually partnered up with Nitrome to publish the game and to revamp its artwork. Now, after what has felt like forever, Nitrome has announced on Twitter that Tower Fortress is finished and all set to launch next week on November 16th. ..

Charming 'The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk' Coming to Mobile November 22nd

Take an entertaining story and fill it with charming characters, and you've got yourself a fun adventure game. At least that's usually what the recipe is, and The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk, the sequel to The Inner World from back in 2014, seems to nail it. In this adventure game, Robert, Laura, and the very cute pigeon Peck set off to find the legendary last wind monk (the name gives me a chuckle) in an attempt to stop Emil, this one guy who's made everyone believe the kingdom of Asposia is in cahoots with dark forces. Robert will do his best to save Asposia, but first he'll have to shake off the stiffness that comes with being petrified for three years...

Illusion Labs Announces 'Touchgrind BMX 2' for Release in Early 2018

Here's a fun fact about me: The original Touchgrind [$4.99 / $7.99 (HD)] from Illusion Labs is the reason I bought my first iOS device. I'd wanted one since the original iPhone, but the price of the device itself coupled with the exorbitant fee I'd have to pay to switch carriers always stopped me in my tracks. Once the App Store officially hit in 2008, I was practically dying for one seeing all the neat games coming out. The one-two punch of Apple releasing the gorgeous 2nd generation iPod touch and Illusion Labs releasing their trailer for Touchgrind (which I saw on my favorite website, TouchArcade) finally tipped me over the edge in September of 2008. Now iOS devices have been my full-time job and full-time hobby for almost a decade now. I wonder what my life would be like had the original Touchgrind never existed? Anyway, I always think about that whenever I hear about a new Touchgrind game, and in this instance it's because Illusion Labs has officially announced Touchgrind BMX 2 today with the following teaser...

Laser Dog's Lovely 'Ava Airborne' Is Looking for Beta Testers

Laser Dog has given us some fun games in the past, including Don't Grind, Pktball, and Hopiko, but I think the upcoming Ava Airborne looks like it's going to be my favorite. Ava Airborne is the story of a young girl called (you guessed it) Ava who wants nothing more in life than to fly. So, she decides to get in her shed and build all kinds of flying contraptions, which she tests by jumping off a cliff, as one would do. Her goal is to go as far as possible, avoiding all kinds of obstacles and using other ones as ways to fly farther. The game has plenty of fun contraptions, like a jetpack made from a saxophone, and charming visuals and music...

Take an Arrow to the Knee in 'Battle of Arrow'

I'm sorry, I couldn't write about an archery game and not mention the famous Skyrim line about taking an arrow to the knee, even though in Battle of Arrow you'll be aiming for heads more than knees. This upcoming game is all about real-time PvP where you try and take out your opponents before they take you out. As you would expect in a game like this one, you'll collect items, upgrade your skills, and pick the weapons that best fit your playing style. Most of the shooting happens on horseback, which should add a bit more excitement to the whole trying to puncture your opponent's head with an arrow part...

More 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Details Revealed

Earlier today we talked about how Niantic's next game after the phenomenon that is Pokemon GO will be Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a game that I seriously can't wait to get my hands on (huge fan of the series). We now have more details on the game, and it sounds like it's going to be great fun and should hook another generation of players. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will have you learning and casting spells, exploring your (muggle-filled) neighborhoods to discover and fight legendary beasts, and teaming up with other wizards and witches to take down familiar enemies. The announcement also talks about "discovering the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them," so I think we'll be able to see those hidden, magical places in the world around us (a bit like the headquarters in Order of the Phoenix or Diagon Alley)...

As you probably know if you've been trying to get into the Magic: The Gathering Arena Beta, you won't be able to stream or show the game until months from now, so the only chances we get to see the game live is when the developers stream it for us. Well, in about 30 minutes from now, you can tune in to the official Twitch channel of MTGA and watch the developers talk about the game while streaming some new decks. That way, you'll be able to either ask questions about the game or just watch and see how the game is coming about. So far, it looks very promising and better than Duels, although Magic has so many moving pieces that we'll have to wait and see the finished product to see if they nailed it...

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