Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Deckbuilding Game 'VEmpire' Brings Vampiric Hapsburgs to Mobile November 27

VEmpire, a card game about Vampiric Hapsburgs, sounds like great fun to a history geek like me, and I'm guessing it sounds like an intriguing proposition to most of you as well, provided you like collectible card games. VEmpire has been in development for quite some time (we've written about the game a few times), but it's finally reaching the end of its journey on November 27th, when it will creep onto the App Store. The game is already out on Steam to mostly positive reviews, with most players praising the game's art and music and lack of any micro-transactions, a feature I'm sure many will be happy about. And, of course, most players really like the fantastic theme of Vampiric Hapsburgs...

'Marvel Strike Force' Is a Squad-Based Mobile RPG Coming in 2018

Get ready for more Marvel on your phone. Today, FoxNext Games and Marvel Entertainment revealed Marvel Strike Force, a squad-based mobile RPG that will heroically take even more of your money. I don't think the game's description will surprise you. In Marvel Strike Force you collect various Marvel characters, create your team, and enjoy some strategic combat (which you can see in the teaser below). In the process, you'll collect new gear and upgrades to make your team even stronger and take down S.H.I.E.L.D. So, nothing too surprising or original in this game, but that doesn't mean it won't be lots of fun and great fan service...




'Puzzle Fighter' Launching Globally on iOS and Android this Week

After a few weird spinoffs and strange versions of the formula over the years, Capcom announced at the end of August that they're bringing out a brand new entry in their classic Puzzle Fighter series built from the ground up for mobile. Just a few days later we were able to go hands-on with a playable version of the new Puzzle Fighter during PAX West and had a blast in our brief time with it. Then later in September Capcom soft-launched the game in several countries, giving even more people a chance to check it out early. Well, after all of that today Capcom has announced that Puzzle Fighter will officially be releasing globally on iOS and Android later this week. They've even released a new trailer to celebrate...

'Animal Crossing Pocket Camp' Will be Released on November 22nd

While Animal Crossing Pocket Camp has been soft launched for a while now, when the rest of the world get to play the game had been up for debate. We've talked a lot on our podcast that there's no way that Nintendo would miss the potential real-world spread of the game between family members over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and sure enough, that's what's happening. The game will be released globally on November 22nd...

'Prizefighters' is an Upcoming 'Punch Out!'-Alike with RPG Elements that Looks Awesome

Even more than thirty years after its original release, Punch Out! is still one of the best arcade boxing games in the world. At least I think so, but I doubt I'm alone. The mechanics are simple enough to grasp without being overly complex, and the cast of characters is bursting with personality. There have been plenty of attempts to bring a similar experience to mobile with varying degrees of success, and the latest attempt is a game called Prizefighters by Koality Games and it looks like it has some serious promise. As you can see below the character models are highly inspired by Punch Out! but so are the mechanics. Games will revolve around left and right high punches and mid punches and blocking or dodging, as well as learning your opponents' moves to know what to react to. Check out these early gifs...

Charming Runner 'Pukk' Lets You Get A-Head on November 23rd

Don't you sometimes feel like just banging your head on things given everything that's going on in the world right now? Well, the (head?) runner Pukk, which releases November 23rd, might be the perfect way to do so while avoiding concussions and other possible injuries. Pukk, which we wrote about a few weeks back, is about a Nordic treasure hunter, a head that glides around the polar ice smashing ice blocks and all kinds of other containers in an effort to grab as much treasure as possible. As one would expect, all that treasure can be used to get even cooler helmets for that poor head of yours before heading out to bang that head even more...

'GRID Autosport' Requires iPhone 7 or Newer, iOS 11, and 6GB Space

GRID Autosport, Feral Interactive's upcoming premium racing game, looks like it's going to be a blast to play, but you'll only be able to do so if you have one of the latest devices, iOS 11, and plenty of space on your phone. Specifically, GRID will only support iPhone 7 or newer and iPad Pros (with the exception of the 2017 9.7 iPad). And if you haven't yet updated to iOS 11, you won't get to play the game. Finally, the developers recommend you have at least 8GB of space on your device before installing the game, given that the base game and the free DLC packs will take around 6GB of space. I hope those requirements don't keep many of you who wanted to play the game from checking it out, but given how good the game looks, I understand why it needs newer devices...

'Dice Soccer City' Combines Kairosoft With Soccer and Is Looking for Beta Testers

LambdaMu, the developer of Pixel People and Dice Soccer, are back with an interesting blend of a game that feels like a Kairosoft game combined with soccer. Dice Soccer City, which we got to see at GDC 2017, brings together town building and deck building mechanics into one charming game. As the developers talk about in our forum thread, you'll have to oversee your city's morale and expansion, and by winning games and making your town better, you'll attract more residents. That's an interesting gameplay loop that (if done well) can nicely link the building part with the soccer playing part of the game. You'll then have to recruit those residents and head to a match of Dice Soccer, which is all about teamwork and combos...

'Reigns: Her Majesty' Will Hit the App Store on December 7th

The original Reigns [$2.99] is one of those games that you can recommend to the most hardcore gamer on the planet and someone who has never played a video game before and they'll both enjoy it. It's difficult to come up with many other titles that fit that description. If you've never played it, imagine the swiping left/right mechanic made famous by Tinder but applied to a lightweight RPG where you're managing your kingdom with binary decisions. We got a look at the sequel at PAX West, and it's basically exactly what we wanted: More Reigns...

I hope you're excited to play more Star Wars mobile games because there's another one coming called Star Wars: Rise to Power. This mobile strategy game (which can mean so many things these days) tells the story of the war between the Empire and the dawning New Republic. Players will have a say on which side of the war gets to reign supreme, which also translates into this being a social game. You will choose a faction (of course), establish your base (as to be expected), and build a fleet of starships. And then you go to war, if your alliance is strong enough and loyal. To become more powerful and reign supreme, you have to outwit your opponents in carefully orchestrated attacks, carefully crafted diplomatic moves, or straight up deception. And, since this is an EA Star Wars game, you could probably also win by buying more loot boxes than the other side and getting access to better stuff faster than others...

Watch 'Grid Autosport' Stream Live on November 22nd

Our community has been keeping a very close eye on Feral Interactive's Grid Autosport, the very promising racing simulator, and while there's still no release date, there's good news. On November 22nd, Feral Interactive will stream the game for the first time ever, so those who're curious to see how the game looks and plays on mobile will get an opportunity to do that and ask questions at the same time. The stream will start at 6PM GMT/10AM PST on Feral Interactive's official Twitch channel. I'm very curious to see how the game will look like because trailers and screenshots aren't always that telling. It does look like the game will be a top notch mobile racing sim, and I really hope the developers knock it out of the park with this one...

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...

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