There’s no shortage of games being released on Google Play. However these 5 upcoming Android games are worth looking forward to. If these future mobile releases live up to the hype, they could be among the best games on Android.
Madfinger Games’ highly anticipated entry in the Shadowgun series could blow people away. Shadowgun Legends is a first-person shooter with top notch graphics, a high degree of character customization, controller support, a persistent world in the vain of Destiny, and much more. This is a game that’s shaping up to be one of the best games on Android, and to bring the sort of experience hardcore gamers could enjoy on the go. There are some reservations about how the game will perform, and whether monetization choices will take away from the experience, but these reservations do nothing to dampen the hype that this game has deservingly received. Before this exciting upcoming Android game comes out you can check out its official website or some pre-alpha gameplay footage to tide you over until the eventual release:
Animal Crossing Mobile
The mobile debut of Nintendo’s wildly popular Animal Crossing franchise is scheduled for some time in 2017, it will be free-to-start and that’s just about all we know right now. There have been rumors swirling around about whether it will be integrated with any console or handheld Animal Crossing games, but at this time these are still unconfirmed rumors. We also don’t know if this will be a core Animal Crossing game or an offshoot like 2015’s Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on the 3DS.
However, for anyone who’s familiar with Animal Crossing and mobile gaming can see that if done right, the game could be a massive hit. The franchise has revolved around collecting items, decorating your home, and playing on a regular basis to take advantage of various in game events. These are all things that could easily, and naturally, be monetized or used in order to maintain an active user base. Nintendo’s previous mobile titles were met with mixed reactions from critics and fans, and it’s unclear if they’ve learned any lessons from the releases of Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem. What is clear, is that I can’t wait to see Tom Nook’s debut on Android later this year in this upcoming Android title.
Albion Online is a sandbox MMORPG that is currently in beta on PC(Windows, OSX, & Linux) and Android. Albion promises a player driven economy, PVP, deep character customization, and much more. Many of the opinions of those who have already given Albion a try have been quite positive. Be warned though, the Albion Online experience may not be suitable for all devices. The official device requirements list 2 GB ram as a prerequisite and a display of 7 inches or more as being highly recommended. You can access the game now through its early access program by buying starter packs that start at $29.99. Check out Albion Online’s official site or one of the game’s trailers here:
The Legend of Zelda Mobile
It’s worth mentioning that as of today, Nintendo has not announced that Zelda will be making the jump to mobile. The game’s existence is based on a Wall Street Journal report that a Zelda title being the latest Nintendo franchise to make its way to Android and iOS after the release of Animal Crossing. If this were any other franchise, a report of a game being in the works would not crack our most anticipated list, but this is Zelda. Nintendo has a track record of excellence when it comes to core Zelda titles, as some entries in the series are considered among the greatest games ever. That being said, Nintendo has released some less than stellar games that cash in on the Zelda branding, including Link’s Crossbow Training, and Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland.
The excitement over the upcoming game should definitely be tempered giving that we currently know nothing about what it will look like. But given Nintendo’s track record with their core franchises, even a less than ideal version of The Legend of Zelda on mobile is worth getting excited about. I would personally love to see a game similar to The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures come to Android.
Mabinogi is a unique MMORPG from devCAT Studio and Nexon that has been on PC since 2004. It offered a skill based combat system together with deep character customization, an interesting rebirth based progression system, and beautiful graphics. The upcoming release of Mabinogi Mobile seeks to bring that over to Android and iOS in 2018. Perhaps the most intriguing part of Mabinogi Mobile is that it brings a social aspect that is often missing from mobile games that tend to focus on combat over and above everything else. It’s always hard to predict how an MMORPG will do, but Mabinogi is definitely an upcoming Android game worth keeping an eye on. If this sounds appealing, check out the first trailer from devCAT: