If April was a great month for Android gaming, May somehow managed to outshine it. Apex Legends Mobile is not only finally released, but Fortnite is now back on mobile. After a lengthy legal battle with Apple, Epic managed to get Fortnite back on iOS and Android officially with the help of Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform. In case you missed any of this month’s big news, we’ll run through exactly what you’ll want to know.
Apex Legends Mobile Launches Worldwide
Apex Legends Mobile made its global debut after several regional betas and a preview release earlier this year. It will be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming months and if it can retain its player base, but Season 1 looks promising. Respawn has already stated that Apex Legends Mobile is a separate entity from Apex Legends on console and PC, so it will have its own roadmap with different seasons of content and a separate update cadence.
I spent quite a bit of time playing it for my review and had a lot more fun than I expected. There will certainly be growing pains as Respawn optimizes controller support and people get used to touch controls and gameplay flow on mobile, but it makes the franchise much more accessible to new players.
Respawn even designed a Legend exclusively for mobile devices. Fade is all about movement to try and increase the pace of the game. His passive talent, called Surge, grants players a quick speed boost after performing a knee slide. His tactic, Flash Back, transports you 60 meters to his previous location.
All in all, Apex Legends Mobile is off to a solid start.
Warcraft Arclight Rumble Announced
Blizzard’s mobile adventure continues with Warcraft Arclight Rumble, a PvE gathering strategy game featuring a single-player campaign, quests, dungeons, and raids. Players must collect a variety of minifigures that can then be used in battles. These battles mostly take place in handcrafted levels where troops are sent to march down one or more lanes to defeat a boss at the end.
We were able to participate in an early preview and found that while it has the basics, it definitely needs some extra polish before it’s ready for release. The Blizzard team is also discussing which game modes should or shouldn’t have co-op.
“We’re still figuring out the specifics of co-op modes. One of the things that made WoW Classic so great was playing dungeons with multiple people, playing Raids with multiple people,” said Adam Kugler, Associate. game director at Blizzard Entertainment. “We are testing it, we are going to see how our audience reacts to find the right thread.”
Will I try the game myself? Probably not. It’s not my kind of game, but I’m glad more people can experience the Warcraft universe in a new way.
Fortnite available on any screen through the Cloud
Fortnite has had a rough life on mobile. It was not officially available on either the Google Play Store or the App Store for a long time; was pulled from iOS which resulted in a pretty big lawsuit between Epic and Apple and for similar reasons on the Play Store but it could be side loaded on Android Thanks to the power of Xbox Cloud Gaming, now virtually any device can run it.
Microsoft has partnered with Epic to bring Fortnite to its Xbox Cloud Gaming service, allowing just about anyone with a phone and an Xbox account to stream the popular battle royale. Even better is that streaming means it can be played on the highest settings possible, as long as your internet connection is stable and up to date. Best of all, it’s free; You don’t need an Xbox Game Pass subscription to play it!
GeForce Now even got in on the Fortnite action, bringing a PS5-level graphics upgrade to mobile. Its touch controls aren’t weird either, so that’s a good thing.
EA brings The Lord of the Rings to mobile
The Lord of the Rings is getting the mobile game treatment. EA announced that it is creating a free-to-play collectible RPG titled The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth. Although the company hasn’t provided a wealth of details, we do know that it will feature “immersive storytelling, turn-based combat, deep collection systems, and a vast roster of characters” from the beloved universe, according to a press release.
I’m all for more games based on The Lord of the Rings, but they have to be done right. Monolith’s Middle Earth series was fantastic with its Nemesis system, and it makes me wonder what EA can bring to mobile. There’s also The Lord of the Rings: Gollum coming out later this year, but I don’t know how I feel about that.
Catalyst Black comes to Android
Developer Super Evil Megacorp released its Catalyst Black battlefield shooter on May 25. This comes nearly a decade after the studio released Vainglory, one of the first MOBAs to hit mobile devices. While Catalyst Black isn’t a MOBA itself, it takes lessons from Vainglory to create an even better experience where every player gets a chance to become the hero.
It’s joining the growing ranks of Android games releasing this month, and considering the team has gone to great lengths to listen to player feedback during Early Access, it should have a long life ahead of it.
Genshin Impact Update 2.7 is finally released
Genshin Impact Update 2.7 was mysteriously delayed due to unknown reasons, breaking a long-running constant update cadence, but HoYoverse revealed that it’s finally ready for players to enjoy. The 2.7 update hit all platforms on May 31, and the developer even stated that the 2.8 update would follow soon after on July 13.
While Update 2.7 adds Yelan and Kuki Shinobu as playable characters, HoYoverse also teased what players can expect in the coming months by announcing Shikanoin Heizou, a “young detective from the Tenryou Commission”, described as “from free and rebellious spirit, but happy and dynamic.”
Let’s see what is announced this summer
What the summer will bring for Android game announcements remains to be seen, but gamers are likely to expect some big news in the coming months. Although EA was coy about The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out about that sooner rather than later. But then again, my predictions are often wrong. So who knows 🤷.
Until next time 👋