New Year new Records
2019 was a record breaking year for mobile game sales. As the new year kicks off mobile gaming prepares to break even more records pushing the genre further than ever. We at Hardcore Droid can’t wait to get into the best mobile games that 2020 has to offer.
Between big ticket titles and underrated indie games, we are genuinely pumped to discover what’s in store for the Year of Perfect Vision. However, before that mobile gaming menagerie reaches Google Play, let’s take a moment to get familiar with the best of what’s headed our way. Here are the ten best mobile games 2020 has to offer.
Shadowgun War Games
Madfinger Games launched the Shadowgun franchise back in 2011, and since then has made two others titles based within its universe. Undergoing an impressive transformation since its creation from third to first person shooter, and from single to multiplayer, Shadowgun War Games looks to be yet another step forward for Madfinger.
Pick between unique heroes, each with their own special abilities, and face off in 5v5 matches. Shadowgun War Games will no doubt deliver a superior free to play FPS experience. At first glance War Games’ brightly saturated graphics and quirky heroes looks something similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch, which is not a bad thing at all. There’s no word on its official release date. Given that it was originally slated for a 2019 launch, War Games will most likely arrive on Google Play sometime in the second or third quarters of 2020.
Diablo Immortal was designed as MMORPG set between the events of Diablo’s two and three. The worldstone has shattered, yet power remains in its fragments. Diablo’s minions use this power as they unleash demonic invaders into the sanctuary. Mostingle with other players in the social hub of Westmarch. Face off against the undead masses in the crypts of Ashwold Cemetery, or investigate a forgotten evil hidden away in the Dark Wood.
Diablo Immortal sets players loose into an expansive, but familiar world that they can explore to their heart’s content. Play as six different classes, explore all new dungeons, or team up with other players roaming the sanctuary. Diablo Immortal is currently available for pre-registration with no official date set for launch. Can Diablo Immortal become one of the best mobile games of 2020?Time will tell. Given that developers have claimed it is ‘nearly ready,’ expect Blizzard to release Immortal sometime in the first half of 2020.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
CD Projekt Red
Gwent originally debuted in CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 as a strategy based card game. Players pick between six different factions within The Witcher universe, then choosing a leader card. Utilize three different combat rows (melee, ranged, siege) to defeat your enemies. Start out drawing 10 cards from a 22 card deck, taking two out of three rounds to win a match. Gwent combines brute force and clever skill with countless different ability (Hero, medic, spy) and effect (weather, decoy, scorch) cards.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game delivers strategy and fantasy like no other card game can. It has already been released for PC and iOS as well as console and Android players will not have to wait much longer. After its release to iOS in late 2019, CD Projekt Red explained that an Android release would follow shortly, translating to a release some time in the next few months.
Dead Cells is a unique mix between rogue-lite dungeon crawler and retro action platformer. Inspired by the horror action adventure game Castlevania, Motion Twin immerses players in a massive and ever-changing castle. Hidden rooms and passages are around every corner with a multitude of weapons and spells at your disposal.
Master the games 2D based souls-lite combat, face off against pattern-based bosses, and dodge the constant threat of perma-death. Motion Twin’s metroidvania-style title was released in late summer of 2018 to all consoles as well iOS in August of 2019. Indie game publisher Playdigious revealed on Twitter that Dead Cells will be making its way to Android in quarter three of this year.
Blue Mammoth Games
Brawlhalla is a free to play platform fighter made by Ubisoft affiliate Blue Mammoth Games. Choose a character among history’s greatest warriors, and outfit the weapons and gadgets that play best to your strengths. The 2D platformer is currently available on PC as well as all consoles and offers full cross-platform compatibility. .
Matches can support up to eight online or locally based players, with a plethora of different modes to keep things interesting. Whether it’s ranked 1v1, 2v2 matches or four player free for all, Brawlhalla offers something for everyone. Confirmed for Android sometime in late 2019, Blue Mammoth recently brought registration for the beta to a close. Between final beta testing and patch work, expect to see Brawlhalla up on Google Play either in the third or fourth quarter of 2020.
CCP Games EVE Online has finally found a sequel in Eve Echoes. Set in an alternate universe of New Eden, the next gen sci-fi MMO delivers a massive space sandbox with endless potential. Team up with other pilots or take on the galaxy alone, players have the opportunity to forge their own unique path in Eve Echoes. Retaining the original titles game mechanics it adds more ships, modules and weapon systems for a whole new experience.
Do business in the games Interstellar Trading Center (ITC) or take on all new storyline missions. Forge new alliances with other players, explore the vast reaches of space, and customize your ship along the way. Eve Echoes successfully went through alpha testing in early 2019, and is now available for beta pre-registration. Following beta testing, expect to see Eve Echoes launch sometime in the summer of 2020.
Apex Legends Mobile
Titanfall spin-off Apex Legends arrived as a team based battle royale game in February 2019. The game takes place at the close of the Frontier War. Legends come from far and wide to compete in the Apex game. Originally released for consoles and PC’s, Apex features sixty player matches broken down into 3-man teams. Similar to Fortnite and PUBG, the game features regular seasons that roll out new themes, characters and content.
Apex Legends is renowned for its polished mechanics. With the launch of its mobile version, the game will maintain that level of player control. However, the same can’t be said for its graphics. Much like PUBG Mobile, Apex Legends will have to sacrifice those for mobile compatibility. EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained in late 2019 that Apex Legends won’t release on mobile platforms until the beginning of the 2021 fiscal year. October of this year marks the beginning of that translating to a potential holiday 2020 debut. With its strong reception on consoles and PC, Apex will no doubt be one of the best mobile games 2020 has to offer.
It’s hard to forget the success that Niantic’s Pokemon Go had in 2016. Four years later, with the games astounding success, developer Select Button and Niantic are set to unveil a whole new kind of title in 2020. Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara announced in May of 2019 that a new Pokemon app would “turn sleeping into entertainment.” Pokemon Sleep will reportedly translate the time players sleep and wake up into gameplay.
It will do this using the new Pokemon Go Plus wristband. The band is currently used to collect Pokemon and items in Pokemon Go. Outside of this nothing else is known about the project, except that it is being referred to as an app rather than a game. Nintendo is set to appear at E3 this summer which will most likely coincide with a reveal of some kind. With that in mind expect Pokemon Sleep to reach Google Play in the fall of this year.
Commandos 2 Remastered
The original Commando’s 2, released back in 2001, was a well-regarded real time tactics title. The game puts players in control of an elite squad of Commando’s in WW2 as you attempt to infiltrate past enemy lines. Created by Pyro Studios the top down view and gritty styled graphics hold up to this day. Play as Green Berets, divers, snipers and sappers as you maneuver the challenging world before you.
Originally released to PC and consoles last year, Commando’s 2 Remastered takes players back to the classic title with enhanced graphics and controls. Testing for a mobile version is currently underway. However, testing is still in the early stages making a realistic release date in quarters three or four of this year.
Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall
Winter is coming, or is it summer? Game of Thrones was a world phenomenon when it was released on HBO in 2011. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels turned TV series spawned everything from board games to apps after its release. No surprise then that another mobile game rendition is on its way courtesy of Behaviour Interactive. Announced in the summer of 2019, the game is labeled as a collection-based strategy RPG.
Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall is slated for a launch sometime this summer. The games story will take place several decades prior to the events unfolding in the books and TV series. Players will take command of the Night Watch and set out to find key characters. Once found take your characters into battle with a grid and turn-based style of combat comparable to Final Fantasy. There’s no word on whether it will be free to play. Regardless, Beyond the Wall is available for pre-register On Google Play now and will surely be one of the best mobile games of 2020.