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The best upcoming Android games: Action, racing, strategy, and more

Warcraft Arclight Rumble, Battlefield, and GTA The Trilogy are just a few to look out for.
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October 10, 2022

Mobile games have really come into their own in recent years, with tons of great new games released each and every month. The only issue is that the Google Play Store is still a mess, so finding upcoming Android games can be an absolute nightmare.

To help, we put together this list of the 15 best upcoming Android games, in categories like adventure, action, racing, and more. Have a look and get ready to mark your calendars!

Best upcoming Android games:

1. Honkai: Star Rail

If you’ve followed the world of mobile games at all in the past few years, odds are you’ve heard of a little game called Genshin Impact. The developers behind the smash hit, Mihoyo, were already well-established thanks to another series called Honkai. Now the fourth entry in the series, titled Honkai: Star Rail, is coming soon.

Unlike its predecessor Honkai Impact 3rd, this one is a strategy RPG, although it does maintain the same visual style and characters as previous titles. There will be both an open world and dungeons to explore, and you’ll need to create teams of four characters to do so.

The game looks amazing, but we don’t have any word yet on when it will come out. It went through two closed betas in 2021, so hopefully we’ll learn more before the end of the year.

2. Total War Battles: Warhammer

Mobile RTS games have been pretty weak historically, but this upcoming Android game comes from one of the biggest franchises in the genre: Total War. Like the latest PC releases, this one is based in the Warhammer universe, so expect to see dwarves, high elves, skaven, and more.

It’s worth noting that although it matches the universe, it isn’t being developed by Creative Assembly. Instead, seasoned mobile developer NetEase is spearheading the effort. This should give the game better optimization for mobile devices, but may mean it includes some controversial elements like stamina and premium currencies.

We still don’t know too much about this one, but the official website says a closed beta is coming soon. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

3. Plants vs. Zombies 3

Plants vs Zombies 3

A new game in the Plants vs. Zombies series is coming to Android. It’s called Plants vs. Zombies 3, and unlike previous titles, this one is playable in portrait mode in order to enable more mobile-friendly one-handed play.

If you somehow have never heard of it, Plants vs. Zombies is basically an action-strategy game in which you take on big and bad zombies with your army of plants, each of which has its own unique offensive or defensive capabilities. PvZ 3 will abandon the iconic 2D graphics for full 3D models, but it will maintain the same overall aesthetic.

The game is a free-to-play title with microtransactions, and it was briefly soft-launched toward the end of 2020. However, the developer later pulled it from the Play Store to incorporate player feedback. In September of 2021, the company announced a new direction for the game and a closed beta program in Australia and the Philippines. It still doesn’t have an official launch date, so don’t expect this one until late 2022 or even 2023.

4. Valorant

valorant closed beta art
Riot Games

Riot’s hit first-person shooter Valorant made a big splash when it launched on PC in 2020, and at the one-year celebration event the company announced that the game is now coming to mobile.

For now, we’re pretty light on details. We know that the game will have some tweaks to make it more mobile-friendly (which Riot successfully achieved with Wild Rift) and that there will be no cross-play with PC. As for a release date, the developers have stated that it’s coming sometime in year two, so likely a 2022 release. Like most major releases, this one should get several rounds of beta testing, with the first expected in mid-2022.

5. Star Wars: Hunters

Star Wars fans rejoice, because this upcoming Android game is set for release sometime in 2022. Set after the fall of the Galactic Empire, it will feature an all-new cast of characters from bounty hunters to stormtroopers and rebel heroes.

As for gameplay, it’s a real-time, team-based arena combat game taking place in some of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe. The game is also slated for release on iOS and the Nintendo Switch, although we don’t yet know if crossplay will be available. Learn more and pre-register below to learn more and get some freebies when the game comes out.

6. Clash Quest

Supercell’s Clash universe (Clash Royale, Clash of Clans) is one of the most popular series in mobile gaming history, and now the company is expanding its offerings with three additional games: Clash Quest, Clash Mini, and Clash Heroes. Each is being developed by a different team within the company, but if we know anything about Supercell it’s that the company’s games always feature an incredible level of polish.

The games all fall into different genres. Clash Quest is a single-player strategy game with elements of the match-three genre. Clash Mini, as the name implies, is a kind of board game within the Clash universe that appears to be similar to auto-battlers like Auto Chess and Teamfight Tactics. The final game, Clash Heroes, is a co-op action RPG.

As of mid-2022, both Clash Mini and Clash Quest are in closed beta in select countries around the globe. However, we don’t have any news on a Clash Heroes beta or a full-scale release for any of the three titles. Still, considering Supercell’s incredible pedigree, these are some of the most exciting upcoming Android games to watch out for. Sign up for the newsletter for the latest at the link below.

7. Battlefield

The Battlefield franchise is a mainstay in the AAA world, but now it’s finally coming to Android for the first time ever. Information is still sparse with marketing efforts focusing on Battlefield 2042, but you may not have to wait long to hop into the action on your phone.

For the most part, gameplay will feel familiar to fans of the series. You hop onto a large-scale map full of weapons, gadgets, tanks, and other vehicles, and fight against the enemy team to secure kills or objectives. There are four classes available: Assault, Support, Medic, and Recon, each with advantages and disadvantages.

Although officially listed as “early alpha,” the game entered beta testing for some users in November 2021. You can pre-register for a chance at getting into the beta here, with a wide-scale release expected sometime in 2022.

8. Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy

Although most Grand Theft Auto games are already available on mobile platforms, Rockstar Games wanted to milk the series a bit harder by releasing remastered versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas with improved AI, graphics, and more.

The remastered game first came out on consoles and PC on November 11, 2021, with the Android and iOS versions coming at a later date. Initially this was listed as early 2022, but it has since been revised to the 2022 fiscal year, which ends in March of 2023. In other words, it might be a while.

Reviews were pretty mixed on the console release, but Rockstar has since apologized and promised to improve the game through updates. Hopefully by the time the game hits mobile devices most of the creases will be ironed out. In any case, it should be a fun way to experience (or re-experience) some of the most influential games of the 21st century.

9. Warcraft Arclight Rumble

It’s been nearly 20 years since the last full-fledged Warcraft game came out (Warcraft III), but the next entry in the fan-favorite series is set to take to the small screen soon. Warcraft Arclight Rumble is an upcoming Android game that has you take control of miniature versions of some of the series most famous characters and creatures.

The game will feature an extensive PvE campaign, as well as co-op and competitive online play. There will be five factions: Alliance, Horde, Undead, Beast, and Blackrock, each with unique minifigs and abilities in their arsenals. There will also be six different game modes, with some requiring collecting resources, capturing objectives, and taking down big bad bosses.

Although no official release date has been announced as of yet, Blizzard says a closed beta is coming soon in 2022. We hope to see an official release sometime in 2022, but you can pre-register on the Google Play Store below to get a notification when it’s available for download in your region.

10. Pokémon Sleep

Image of the upcoming Pokemon Sleep app.

Pokémon titles are always going to make our list of upcoming Android games, but this one is a bit different. The unusual title Pokémon Sleep was first announced way back in May of 2019, and there’s been little news since.

Still, new games in the Pokémon franchise are always something to look out for, and this one takes a completely unique approach. Instead of actively exploring to catch ’em all, Pokémon Sleep is designed to turn “sleeping into entertainment” by tracking your sleeping patterns.

It’s not entirely clear how this will work, but Pokémon Go successfully turned walking into entertainment, so who knows. At this point it’s been more than two years since it was announced, so it could either be canceled or released at any moment. The only tidbit we’ve seen is a few Pokemon Sleep-related features added to the Pokemon Go APK, as revealed by PokeMiners in early 2022. Stay tuned for more on this one in the future.

11. Rainbow Six Mobile

Not to miss out on the popularity of mobile shooters, Ubisoft has announced an upcoming Android game in the Rainbox Six series, unsurprisingly titled Rainbow Six Mobile. Like it’s console and PC cousins, it will feature breach mechanics and destructible terrain to make every match unique and keep you on your toes. That said, it was developed from a mobile-first perspective, so it should avoid the typical pitfalls found in ported titles. Hopefully it manages to dodge annoying monetization strategies, too.

The most recent news on this one is an Android-only closed beta in September 2022. If you hurry, you can pre-register at the link below for a chance to get in.

12. Don’t Starve: Newhome

The hit game Don’t Starve is back with an all-new mobile adventure! Building off the survival and exploration gameplay that made the previous game so popular, this mobile-only title will focus on faster game sessions and co-op multiplayer.

Build persistent homes, craft new tools, and explore a world filled with the same unique art style you know and love. However, it’s being developed by Shengque Games instead of Klei Entertainment. This could mean better mobile optimization or annoying mobile monetization, or both.

No official release date has been announced yet, but the game entered closed beta testing for a brief period in October 2021. The game’s official Twitter released a statement in May 2022 that the game was approaching some major development milestones, so we hope that means an official release sometime in late 2022.

13. Zenless Zone Zero

Zenless Zone Zero is yet another upcoming Android game from Mihoyo (of Genshin Impact fame), but this time with a completely new style. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, you have to lead a small team of survivors to protect your city from invaders.

Mihoyo showed off an extended gameplay video in September, and although combat looks somewhat similar to Honkai Impact 3rd, the rest of it features a lot of style. The characters and animations look absolutely fantastic, and this could be yet another big winner for the Chinese developer.

There’s still no word on a beta or release date, but this one should definitely be on your watch list.

14. Path of Exile Mobile

Path of Exile was first released back in 2013, but constant updates and attention from developer Grinding Gear Games have kept the game relevant and popular all these years later. Now, a mobile version is on the way, and it’s looking to be an extremely faithful adaptation.

In the official trailer above, it’s revealed that the game is being developed in-house. The company even threw some delicious shade at PoE’s main mobile competitor: Diablo Immortal. This should mean that core gameplay elements remain intact. That said, there’s a reason why developers rely on studios with more mobile development experience. Expect PoE Mobile to have a long and winding development period, especially since Grinding Gear Games is actively working on Path of Exile 2.

For now, Path of Exile Mobile is still listed as an “experimental” title, so it’s entirely possible that it never sees an official release date. Stay tuned for more news on this one.

15. Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis

Can’t get enough Final Fantasy VII? You’re in luck, because this upcoming Android game covers all of the events of the original game, the movie Advent Children, and other related games like Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerberus. Crisis Core was previously Japan-exclusive, so this is the first time these events can be (officially) experienced by a Western audience.

Featuring the same Active Time Battle system from the original game, it will allow you to play through events in the wider timeline via “episodes” with a staggered release. It’s also free, with loot boxes for costumes and special items.

The first episode is expected in late 2022, with others coming in the following months and years. News on this one has been light as of late, but hopefully Square Enix commits to an official release date soon.