PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends, and Alto’s Odyssey are just a few of the great Android titles released this year. We expect to see many more in the near future from well-known developers like Ubisoft, Telltale Games, and Niantic Labs.
1. Command & Conquer: Rivals
Developed by EA, Command & Conquer: Rivals is a real-time strategy game that plays like Clash Royale, with the exception that you are in constant control of your troops. You can customize your army with things like infantry units, vehicles, and even a commander. You have to choose the commander wisely, as each one has unique abilities that play a major role in every battle.
Command & Conquer: Rivals will be a free-to-play title.
In Command & Conquer: Rivals, you start off with a mobile construction vehicle that deploys and slowly collects tiberium. You then use that tiberium to build buildings and send units onto the battlefield, where the goal is to take control of two out of three zones. If you are able to hold them for a certain amount of time, a powerful nuclear missile will be sent toward the enemy command center. To learn more about the game, check out the short trailer above.
Command & Conquer: Rivals will be a free-to-play title, although we expect that in-app purchases will be available. It’s already listed on the Play Store, where you can sign up to get notified once it goes live.
2. The Elder Scrolls: Blades
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a first-person role-playing game. You take on the role of one of the members of the Blades who, after being forced into exile, must restore their hometown from the rubble. You can create and customize your city, take on friends and rivals in epic one-on-one battles, discover unique weapons, armor, and abilities, and much more.
The developer has released a trailer (above), which looks gorgeous. The light glimmers realistically off the swords and shields, while the small details in the dungeons, castles, and mountains that make up the background of the game keep things suitably atmospheric. The environments rendered in the game are said to be console quality.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is coming sometime this fall and will be free-to-play. We assume the title will offer plenty of in-app purchases, although this has not been confirmed yet. The game is already listed on the Play Store, where you can sign up to get notified once it goes live.
3. Brawl Stars
Brawl Stars is an upcoming Android title from the makers of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. It’s a multiplayer combat game where teams of three face off against each other. There are few different game modes available including Gem Grab, where you have to collect gems while fighting the opposing team — first team to collect 10 gems and hold onto them wins.
Then there’s Heist in which you have to crack the safe protected by the opposing team and then defend your valuables, the Bounty mode that revolves around collecting stars for your team by eliminating opponents, and more. You can also unlock different characters with super abilities in the game and customize them with various skins.
Brawl Starts is a free-to-play game with in-app purchases. The game has already soft launched in a few countries, with the U.S. not being one of them. As of now, there’s no word on when it will officially be released globally.
4. Project Cars GO
Project Cars, a popular racing game released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, is getting a mobile spin-off. Called Project Cars GO, it will come with loads of exotic cars and tons of customization options, just like the PC and console versions.
Project Cars is known for offering an authentic racing experience, and the mobile version promises just that. The game has sold over two million copies worldwide so far and is one of the best of its kind in my opinion.
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Gamevil and Slightly Mad Studios are developing the game, but there’s no word on the release date. Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell said racing fans will be “stomping the gas pedal and burning rubber very soon,” which makes us think it won’t be long until Project Cars GO makes its debut. When it does, it will give all the other titles on our list of best upcoming Android games a run for their money.
5. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion
Developed by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a strategy game with RPG elements. It takes place in Spain, where you control a fortress of the Assassin Brotherhood, leading a team of assassins.
You can build new rooms in the fortress, make new equipment, and even create medicine. You can also team up with more than 40 characters including Ezio, Shao Jun, and Aguilar, train and upgrade them, and send them on missions throughout the country. These missions can get you DNA fragments which can unlock new assassins, resources for better equipment, and more.
The free-to-play title has already soft-launched in a few countries including New Zealand and the Philippines. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when it will be available globally.
This action-adventure game stars a lazy, selfish Viking called Oddmar who is on a mission to burn down a forest. If he fails, he may be kicked out of his tribe. Yikes!
Magic mushrooms give Oddmar special powers.
The game features 24 levels riddled with traps and other obstacles. There are various magic mushrooms available which give Oddmar special powers, allowing him to more easily overcome challenges. The game looks like a lot of fun and has gorgeous graphics. Check it out in the short trailer above.
Oddmar is already available on iOS and has received great reviews so far. It’s not the cheapest game you can get, as it will set you back $5. The price will likely be the same once the title hits Android devices, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet. An exact release date remains a mystery for now.
7. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs’s new title is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The upcoming AR game is being developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Players will “learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover [and] fight legendary beasts, and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.”
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No other details are known about the game at this point. Based on the success of the company’s previous titles and the popularity of Harry Potter, it could be one of the best upcoming Android games of the year.
We don’t have an exact release date yet, but you can sign up on the game’s official website to get notified when it launches.
8. The Walking Dead: The Final Season
The fourth and final season of the extremely popular The Walking Dead series will be released sometime this year too. Developer Telltale hasn’t shared a lot of details about the game, but it did mention Clementine will be in the lead role.
The third season — A New Frontier — ended with Clementine going out to look for AJ. In the last season, the story will revolve around what happens when she finds him. According to the developer, players will also be able to shape Clementine’s future by making decisions about who she wants to be, who she wants to be with, and more.
Unfortunately, we don’t know when exactly the game will be released. To learn more about it, check out Telltale’s summer update video above.
9. PayDay: Crime War
Already a popular first-person shooter on PC and consoles, Payday is coming to Android. Payday Crime War is a multiplayer, team-based PvP title where two teams go head to head. One team takes on the role of criminals trying to perform a robbery. The other team steps into the shoes of a SWAT team trying to prevent the crime.
Up to eight players can take part in a match, which can take place in different locations. As you progress through the game, you can get new weapons and additional abilities to step up your game.
Developer Overkill Software has set up a website for the upcoming game, claiming it’s coming soon. An exact date has not been shared with the public yet. However, you can already sign up for the closed beta to try out the game before it officially launches — hit the button below if you’re interested.
10. F1 Mobile Racing
Codemasters has teamed up with Eden Games and is developing a mobile version of its Formula 1 game. Officially called F1 Mobile Racing, the free-to-play title will feature all the teams, cars, and circuits of the 2018 Formula 1 championship.
For the first time ever, players will be able to develop and customize their own F1 car. This includes choosing the color of the car as well as other parts to make it drive faster, stop quicker, and so on. Check out the trailer released by Codemasters above to see how the game looks like in real life.
I played F1 on Xbox quite a bit and loved every second of it. If the mobile version will be just as exhilarating, it will definitely be a winner. The developer said the game will be released this year, but did not share an exact date. It will launch on iOS first and make its way to Android shortly after.
These are the some of best upcoming Android games to keep an eye out for, although we’re sure plenty of other interesting titles will make their debut this year. Have we missed any major ones? Let us know in the comments!