Ten PC game titles coming to mobiles in 2021
- League of Legends: Wild Rift
- Apex Legends Mobile
- Diablo Immortal
- H1Z1 Mobile
- The Witcher: Monster Slayer
- Rocket League: SideSwipe
- Final Fantasy VII
- Runescape Mobile
- Devil May Cry Mobile
- Tomb Raider Reloaded
The gaming industry is continuously evolving at a rapid rate, considering the fact that it is still in its nascent stage in terms of developing into a full blown establishment.
There was a prolonged era of dominance for PC games in the post-millenium period. However, the mobile gaming industry has caught up quite a lot in the last couple of years, with the advent of widely popular games combined with the ease of economy allowing for a more exponential growth of the mobile sector.
To capitalize on the growing mobile gaming genre, a lot of PC games have started migrating and entering the aforementioned market with versions tailored for mobile gaming. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was a grand success while other games like Minecraft, Fortnite and Hearthstone have continued to gain mobile audiences through and through.
2021 is expected to see a lot more PC game titles making their way into the mobile gaming market. Let us take a look at a few of those that have either already hit the mobile screens or are expected to, at the very least, before the end of the year.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
While the closed betas, open betas have been released by Riot games steadily since October 2020, the game hasn’t technically had an official stable release and is expected to have it in 2021 itself, with the game achieving the ‘playable’ status on March 30 of this year.
To introduce one to the concept of Wild Rift, it is based on the popular Riot games esports title League of Legends, which is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), wherein 10 players take to one server and battle it out in two teams of 5 to reign supreme and come out victorious.
To dive deeper, both teams have their own fountains and Nexus. Fountain is the place where the heroes spawn and respawn once they die along with it being the place to replenish health and mana while also enabling you to purchase items through the shop. Nexus is where your minions spawn and the end-goal of each team is to destroy the turrets and inhibitors on the lanes en route to shattering the other team’s Nexus into pieces and claiming the victory. Each champion has different base stats and unique abilities that require Mana, which along with the presence of three lanes, jungle areas, Barons and Dragons add a lot of tactical spice to the entire MOBA experience.
League of Legends is one of the oldest and most popular esports titles and the release of a mobile version has been met with equal enthusiasm by core fans of the game. The response to the soft releases of the game in regions so far has been pleasing and the import of modes like ARAM from the PC title shows Wild Rift’s commitment towards providing the true League of Legends experience to the mobile users.
Apex Legends Mobile
One of the most anticipated releases of 2021 is surely the mobile version of Apex Legends. The fast-paced EA Battle Royale is being ported by Respawn Entertainment in collaboration with Tencent.
Apex Legends is a Battle Royale game with the added spice of users being able to wield different abilities based on the characters they choose. Also, Apex Legends allows only a squad of upto 3 players, which is different when compared to the usual 4-man squads available in almost every other popular Battle Royale.
The game could be chalked down as one that qualifies for the sci-fi genre, with futuristic weapons, technology and even imagery as players jump off a battleship of sorts to land and scour for items with the aim of being the last player or squad alive. In terms of the battle royale experience, it provides a typical one, with the presence of teamfights, zones and scavenging in the gameplay.
The fast-paced gameplay will suit the mobile gaming genre and enthusiasts can’t wait for the game to release worldwide. So far, Apex Legends Mobile has been made available for beta access in India and will soon be released in the Philippines with the rest of the regions and iOS release to follow.
One of the best surprises of BlizzConline 2021 was the details about Diablo Immortal. In works for so long, Diablo Immortal finally looks scheduled for a 2021 release, with an extended restricted alpha access set to be given to some players in a version that will witness the release of more endgame content and further lore related gameplay.
Diablo Immortal is an MMOARPG game at its core and based on the Diablo universe, with Blizzard Entertainment partnering with NetEase for the said project.
Interesting gameplay features such as 8v8 PvP battlegrounds between the two factions – Immortals and Shadows – exclusive faction based game modes and much much more add a certain dimension to the entire Diablo Immortal hype. Not to mention the Diablo Immortal game will also feature character classes from the Diablo universe, with each class coming with its own unique range of abilities to take advantage of during combat.
Genuinely recognised as the father of Battle Royale games as far as the PC games are concerned, H1Z1 Mobile was the first of its kind to garner popularity and bring more eyeballs towards the potential of a battle royale mode.
H1Z1 has an even larger lobby than most other Battle Royale games, with upto 150 players set to join a single lobby and make the drop from the airplane to start scavenging for items, weapons and more before hunting down others to become the last survivor. H1Z1 has given the esports scene players like Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, with current 100Thieves member Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin also one of the highest earners in the game.
The game has waned off a bit after the release of modernized Battle Royale games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Call of Duty Warzone and others. Daybreak Games has teamed up with NantWorks to port the PC and PS4 game to the mobile screens.
It will be intriguing to see if bringing forth a mobile version release of the once-popular H1Z1 is enough to bring the game back to life and into the mainstream. Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar & co. would be hoping it does.
The Witcher: Monster Slayer
What a ride it has been for The Witcher books. A trend that started from a game adaptation out of the loose series of novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski has since grown into an Award winning Game and one of the more successful soap operas in the form of The Witcher on Netflix.
The Witcher has grown a cult following for its storyline and it is time for the next step. In comes, The Witcher Monster Slayer, a mobile game based on the AR theme that is sure to get everyone’s gaming tastebuds tickling.
Looking to pounce on the success of the Witcher and AR games like Pokemon GO, The Witcher Monster Slayer allows users to become a Witcher that slays monsters and beasts. However, finding these monsters aren’t easy and will take some wandering in real life, thanks to the AR theme. Players can get more attached to the Witcher storyline by fighting monsters and beasts in real time, brewing potions, oils and more, with everything tying well with the entire theme. The added feature of users being able to use the current weather conditions to their advantage also sounds appealing.
Maciej Weiss, game director at The Witcher Monster Slayer said, ”Defeating monsters and building a collection of trophies is the main aspect of The Witcher: Monster Slayer, so we wanted players to have plenty to hunt.”
Weiss also clarified that the main goal has been to keep the core of the game from CD Projekt Red’s PC version intact and that they have been able to achieve it to a great extent while matching some other features to fit the AR gameplay.
Available for pre-registration now, The Witcher Monster Slayer could soon be the talk of 2021.
Rocket League: SideSwipe
Rocket League is a fast-paced high-octane game that involves high-flying mobile vehicles, arenas and the added element of football to the entire scheme of things. It’s a cross between a derby and a machine-oriented football game. Rocket League has also become a popular esport title and has garnered a niche audience for the same.
Rocket League: Sideswipe has been announced that will be a spin-off that will target the mobile gaming audience. Sideswipe will be released by Psyonix in late 2021, with the focus being more on 2v2 and 1v1 competitive games, with 2-minute matches ensuring Psyonix delivers on the promise of providing high octane soccer gameplay through the vehicles.
The regional alpha test has already begun in Australia and Newzealand with an official launch set to happen within 2021.
Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier and Ever Crisis
The Final Fantasy series is also set to launch a couple of mobile games in 2021 and early 2022. The first of the two, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, will be the franchise’s first foray into the Battle Royale genre.
With the genre garnering so much popularity and tasting widespread success in the mobile gaming industry, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will allow players to use legacy Final Fantasy characters in this battle royale game.
Players will be able to go solo or team up in three-player squads like Apex Legends in order to take part in this Battle Royale experience while the leveling up feature also adds an RPG feel to the entire gameplay and mechanics. It will also introduce new story elements that continue to tell the story of Final Fantasy characters and lore. This game will introduce new story elements surrounding the founding of Soldier (the elite super soldier group Cloud Strife came from) and are canon to the Final Fantasy VII universe.
The other installment is called Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, which is tailored to be a character-based chapter-based single player game that will cover the Final Fantasy story timelines. The story based game is scheduled to release in 2022 and it will be intriguing to see if there are any changes made to Ever Crisis based on the response received from the release of the battle royale that is Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.
One of the oldest titles in the world of gaming, Runescape is finally going to cash in on the popularity of the mobile sector. The legacy MMORPG is based in a fantasy world and is widely regarded as one of the oldest games to be still running, along with Minecraft.
The pre-registrations for Runescape Mobile have already begun, with the game set to hit Android and iOS devices simultaneously. Scheduled for a 2021 summer release, Runescape mobile will look to capitalise on MMORPG gameplay along with having a cult following and a much wider user base in terms of age groups.
Devil May Cry Mobile
The famous CAPCOM game franchise was set to hit the mobile screens by 2020 but the development has been delayed by the ongoing pandemic. The current world situation has forced delays on the release of the game, with its beta gameplay launched only a month or so ago.
Devil May Cry’s mobile version might have the name The Battle of the Peak and will allow users access to legacy characters, battle sequences, abilities and features from the original game while also optimizing things for the mobile version of it.
Expected to be released soon, albeit with no fixed date, Devil May Cry Mobile should tickle your fancy a bit.
Tomb Raider Reloaded
Square Enix London and Emerald City games have announced a collaborative project that will bring the popular Tomb Raider franchise to the mobile screens, with a mobile game set for 2021 release.
The game is set to fill up the void in the arcade and adventure genre but the cartoon-styled graphics combined with the Tomb Raider artifacts and storyline should make it a compelling game and one worth having on your mobile.
Tomb Raider Reloaded is set for release some time in 2021 and will feature Lara Croft scavenging through a lot of dangers in search of historical and iconic artifacts that might change the course of history. The game play is expected to be much more casual compared to what fans of the franchise have seen and come to expect from the games and movies based on it.
There are other popular franchises making their way to the mobile screens. Lord of the Rings is also coming in a collaborative effort between NetEase and Warner Bros. Named Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, the game doesn’t have a release date yet but is expected to cause quite a stir.
Games like Star Wars Hunters are also expected to be released while we have already witnessed releases of Crash Bandicoot: On The Run, an endless runner game along with upcoming projects like Project Cars Go, Warhammer: Odyssey and more!
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