Ten of the Most Anticipated Mobile Games of 2021
Well, 2020 is almost over and we couldn’t be happier. To say this past year has been a bit of a doozy is an understatement. But with a new year comes a whole new slew of mobile games for us to enjoy! Whether you’re a fan of MMOs, action-adventure titles or tactical RPGs, there’s a mobile game for you in the upcoming year. Hardcore Droid is here to start your new year off right with a list of 10 must-have mobile games you’ll want to play in 2021!
10. Diablo Immortal
Starting off the list is Diablo Immortal. It was announced by Blizzard Entertainment in 2018. It will be the first Diablo game to come to mobile devices. Fans were initially disheartened to hear that the next entry in the series would be a mobile title instead of a mainline game. Blizzard may surprise us with a full-fledged pocket-size version of Diablo that we can play on the go. A release date for the game hasn’t been announced but, with two years of development behind it, a 2021 release seems like a safe bet. Players looking to get early access can pre-register on the Google Play store for a chance to participate in future beta tests.
9. Cyber Knights: Flashpoint
Cyberpunk 2077 fans should keep an eye out for Cyber Knights: Flashpoint, an upcoming cyberpunk mobile tactical RPG developed by Trese Brothers. Players get to assemble a team of hackers, mercs and thieves as they utilize combat, stealth and tech savvy to complete their missions. Developer Andrew Trese says the team put a heavy emphasis on extreme replayability. Set to release in 2021, the game promises turn-based tactics and an interwoven narrative that involves player choices.
8. Slay the Spire
Developer MegaCrit left an impressive mark on PC and console gamers with Slay the Spire. The game sold over 1.5 million copies in just over a month after its official release. Last June, iOS users received Slay the Spire on the App Store for $10. Now, the award-winning deck builder is coming to Android phones. Though no set date has been announced, fans of Slay the Spire should expect a 2021 release on the Google Play Store.
7. XCOM 2
XCOM 2 has also seen a mobile release on iOS devices for $24.99. Feral Interactive announced that the XCOM 2 Collection will be coming to Android at some point in 2021. Returning players should be happy to know that the collection on mobile includes the four DLC packs and the ‘War of the Chosen’ expansion. Soon, players will be able to agonize over their favorite soldiers dying from an alien invasion while on the go.
6. Path of Exile Mobile
Grinding Gears announced that they would bring Path of Exile to iOS and Android without the microtransactions and advertisements found in other mobile games. The developer’s promise of no compromise when porting Path of Exile to mobile makes this title an especially exciting one. Fans of this online action RPG still need to wait for a release date but should be happy to know that Path of Exile Mobile will be free on release.
5. NieR Re[in]carnation
With a remaster of NieR Replicant set to release in April 2021, now is the perfect time to build up hype with a mobile NieR title. Look no further because NieR Re[in]carnation is coming to Android and iOS devices. The game is set to be story heavy and will have ties to other NieR games. Square Enix stated that the release version of the game is mostly complete, with the focus now on post-launch content, stability improvements and optimization. Gamers should look for NieR Re[in]carnation on the Google Play Store in early 2021.
4. Warhammer: Odyssey
MMORPG fans better get ready because Warhammer: Odyssey is making its way to iOS and Android in early 2021. Teased back in August of 2019 by developer Virtual Realms, this latest installment in the Warhammer universe takes place in the Old World. The first release trailer gives players a look at the different player classes and enemies they can expect to see in the game. Players looking to get a head start can pre-register for a chance at a beta invite on the game’s website now.
3. Torchlight: Infinite
Single-player RPG fans shouldn’t fret because Torchlight: Infinite is also coming to mobile devices next year. Made by Chinese developer XD, Torchlight: Infinite hopes to give players a “Diablo-like” experience with a system that features different characters with their own skills instead of a class system. Demo footage shown at ChinaJoy 2019 showed off Torchlight’s impressive graphics and engaging single-player combat. The game will be free to play with cosmetic items monetized.
2. Homeworld Mobile
Another hopeful for the 2021 lineup, Homeworld Mobile is a portable spin-off of the popular real-time strategy Homeworld series. Initially started as a side project while working on the crowdfunded Homeworld 3, developer Gearbox has set up Homeworld Mobile to be a standout mobile title and adaptation of the Homeworld franchise. Players looking to take part in future technical and beta tests can register on the Homeworld Mobile website.
1. Devil May Cry Mobile: Pinnacle of Combat
Next-gen console owners got a treat with Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and soon mobile gamers will get some Devil May Cry of their own. Devil May Cry Mobile: Pinnacle of Combat is an action RPG developed by Yunchang Game. Capcom has apparently set strict supervision standards to ensure the quality of the product. Announced back in 2017, the game won four Blackstone Awards in 2019, including Most Anticipated Game. With the project in beta since 2018, Devil May Cry fans might just get a 2021 surprise.