It was hard to enjoy the presents, so this year was a good year to look forward to.
Thankfully, 2021 looks like another bumper year, as the Google Play Store continued to inspire us with a stable supply of great new games throughout 2020.
This list of 24 most anticipated games barely scratches the surface of upcoming appointments, so if you have any games you’re looking forward to playing in 2021, let us know in the comments.
Come to think of it, Crash Bandicoot provided a blueprint for 3D mobile autorunners such as Temple Run, Minion Rush, and Subway Surfers. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for Crash Bandicoot himself to come back someday to regain his territory. Published by casual giant King, Crash Bandicoot: On The Run looks like a truly solid series entry with vast amounts of content and hundreds of hours of gameplay. It will be spring.
After standing at the top of the multiplayer first-person shooter tree, Call of Duty has recently lost its place to fight Royals such as Fortnite and PUBG Mobile. Call of Duty War Zone is a fire-breathing volley that provides Call of Duty fans with a free battle royale experience within the famous military shooter franchise. The mobile version hasn’t been officially confirmed, but job listings, circumstantial evidence, and Reddit chatter are all overwhelmingly likely.
The touchgrind series has become synonymous with smartphone games since the first Touchgrind skate sim first appeared on mobile 10 years ago. The game is traded with clever gimmicks that allow you to use your fingers as feet to pull off all sorts of dangerous tricks, deadly stunts and Tony Hawk styles. The Touchgrind Scooter is the next product in the series, scheduled for the first half of 2021.
Introduced a surprise a month ago, Tomb Raider Reloaded is a compelling new entry into a long-term franchise that seems to be aimed at a more casual experience than modern PC and console games. Teaser trailers and artwork reveal giant cartoon round-headed characters, dinosaurs, giant insects, and monsters. I think it’s a bit like the Guardian of Light and the Temple of Osiris. Introduced in 2021.
At first glance, the Farlight 84 seems to have tied its aesthetic wagon to the neon-filled stars of Cyberpunk 2077. However, neon can only penetrate deep into the skin. When it comes to gameplay, Farlight 84 is actually a battle royale set in another reality where cyborg zombies exist. There are elements of other genres, especially MOBAs. It looks like a very solid outlook and I look forward to trying it out in 2021.
Total War Battles: Warhammer should not be confused with Total War: Warhammer. This is the third game in the Total War Battles series. Total War: Similar to Warhammer, but with campaign maps for making big decisions and battle maps for unit management. As it is a closed beta, it may be fully released next year.
For those of you who don’t know, Moonlighter is a great Stardew Valley-inspired action RPG by 11-bit studio and developer Digital Sun. It sees you run a store during the day, adventure at night, strengthen your business, and collect loot and items to increase your adventure potential. It’s great to see, it’s completely addictive, and everything is great. It’s also available on all platforms except Android, which hit iOS this year. It will be with us in 2021.
Yet another Warhammer game on mobile, the Warhammer Odyssey, is an MMORPG announced in August 2019, but has not yet been released. It’s set in the Old World timeline and you’ll see you join a mercenary company and sort out those ruddy destined people at once. Interestingly, no autoplay option is offered, suggesting a more hardcore experience than you’ll find on most mobile MMORPGs. It’s coming “immediately”.
Following the huge success of XCOM Enemy Within on Android, the XCOM 2 collection will be released early next year. Originally released in 2016, this game is set after a terrifying alien invasion and casts you as a lucky rebel to fight extraterrestrial overlords.
BBC Studios has wisely chosen the developers for the latest Doctor Who games. Kaigan Games named it in Simulacra’s “Finded Phones” series. This series simulates the experience of finding a phone and getting involved in a high stakes situation. This time around, there will be high stakes situations such as beloved characters, actors, and places in the world of Doctor Who. It’s coming in the spring of 2021.
For those of you who know, Pocket City in 2018 is an outstanding city-building game on mobile, delivering the perfect balance of depth, accessibility and graphics for smartphones. The sequel will probably not be too far from this winning formula, and you can expect a similar experience, but with better visuals and other improvements. There is no release date yet and the game is still in its infancy, but it looks like it’s likely to be in 2021.
Initially not officially announced, but scheduled to be released in Japan at the end of this month, NieR Reincarnation was pushed in 2021 with a huge apology from the developers. Still unknown in many respects, this game is a gorgeous mobile take of Taro Yokoo’s popular NieRRPG franchise. It will be released in Japan soon, and will be released in Europe and the United States at some point after that.
Mangafan is pleased. Ni no Kuni: The cross world announced at G-Star in 2019 will be coming soon. In fact, this gorgeous cell-shade Ghibli-inspired MMORPG was due to arrive in Japan in late 2020, but as far as we know, there are no signs of that. In this game, you will find that you are playing as a beta tester in a virtual world, featuring urban construction, livestock and more. You can expect to play it at some point in 2021.
For complete clarity, I don’t know anything about Crashlands 2. Butterscotch Shenanigans doesn’t seem to have officially announced it, there is no gameplay or other details. However, a test version appeared in the Google Play store earlier this year, melting down fans. We know it’s coming, but we don’t know when or anything else about it. Let’s say it will appear in 2021.
Another game inspired by Stardew Valley, My Time at Portia, is a gorgeous and acclaimed life simulation on a farm in a town called Portia. Spend time farming, restoring workshops, talking with neighbors, adventuring in dungeons and elsewhere, killing monsters, and collecting loot. Full Disclosure: I’m not sure if my time at Portia will come to the Google Play store. It was announced at Tap Tap in China where Google Play is not an issue. I wish you success!
Last year, Slay the Spire, a highly acclaimed deck builder who saw you win card battles and climb the spire on your PC and console, has arrived. Then this year it’s iOS, but I’m still waiting for the Android version to arrive. Frustratingly, developer MegaCrit just said, “The Android version is still under development, but I’m not ready to talk about the release yet,” and the details are grounded. 2021? I’ve acknowledged.
Following the announcement of Tomb Raider’s mobile restart, Square Enix lifted the Just Cause: Mobile lid. It’s far from Square Enix’s beloved Go game. In this game, the company’s Montreal Studios revisited the action franchise as a cute puzzle game. Just Cause: Mobile is a straightforward action game with explosions and helicopters, as well as multiplayer modes, alliances, open world environments and other radical stuff. It will come someday in 2021.
Following the launch of the World War II classic real-time strategy game Company of Heroes on Android, developer Feral Interactive has announced that Opposed Fronts will be expanded early next year. Originally released as a standalone extension, Opposed Fronts – set in Caen and Rhine – will be available as an IAP for $ 3.99.
Super Fowlst developer Cat Cup Games Dadish was one of our favorite platformers in 2020. Like the adorable bloodless Super Meat Boy, navigate through a series of small self-contained stages to help you keep your head and rescue. Of your bad-mouthed radish kids. Dadish 2 promises the same by setting the stage in space, on trees, and many other environments. I’m coming on January 18th.
Contra Returns, a mobile reboot of the legendary Contra Arcade series (Gryzor in the PAL region, known as a trivia quiz fan), appeared in 2018, but only occurred in Southeast Asia. However, there is a lot of business going on there, and rumors swirled earlier this year that it was likely to be released globally. We haven’t heard anything since those rumors appeared in June. However, it is certainly possible that the game will be available in your local Google Play store in 2021.
Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales, a joint venture between developers Next Games and Netflix, is a story-driven puzzle RPG that explores different places from the show, recruits characters, solves mysteries, builds teams, and empowers friends. Defeat the mind flare that must be matched. By matching all the gems. It is currently available for soft launch in a very limited number of regions and is scheduled for global launch in 2021.
Originally fixed for the 2020 release, the LEGO Star Wars Battle is a bit of a curious outing for the resurrected Star Wars franchise. Take part in real-time multiplayer PvP battles in the arena based on the location of the movie and compete in tower defense rounds. It boasts 40 different units from various Star Wars movies, crafts, upgrades, Chewbacca and Boba Fett, or the Ewok and Tusken Raiders showdown. Expect it in early 2021.
The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is a joint project between Warner Bros. and NetEase. It is set in the third era of Middle-earth as depicted in the Lord of the Rings movie. That wasn’t really the case until Sauron was properly defeated by Frodo and Samwise after being defeated. This is a spectacular strategy game, which seems to be in a relatively early stage of testing, with several closed betas coming out earlier this year. 2021 is a clear possibility.
The Witcher: Monster Slayer is similar to Pokemon GO, but with more scary monsters. This is a location-based AR title that allows you to use your smartphone to turn the real world into a fantasy landscape inhabited by wraiths and necrophages, or watch NPCs look for food. We already have a soft launch, but only in New Zealand and iOS. The rest of us will be playing it in 2021.