This year is going to bring a slew of new Android games, & the timing couldn’t be better. For too long, the App Store has had an edge over the Play Store. To reach a more lucrative audience, developers used to exclusively focus on making iOS apps. This led to Apple users enjoying a better selection of apps than Android users. In the last few years, that has changed dramatically. As more companies offer viable alternatives to iPhones, the tide has shifted. Now that Apple isn’t the only company making quality smartphones, people are switching over to Android.
The Play Store hasn’t just caught up to the App Store, in many ways it has surpassed it. Each year, a staggering amount of games are released for Android. Anything that iPhone users enjoy is now available for Android. This means that all the quality apps are offered on more affordable smartphones. The amount of new games is overwhelming, so finding the best ones can be a daunting task. For this reason, we have compiled a list of the most anticipated Android games of 2021. Keep your eyes peeled for these releases, they are going to be game-changers!
Most Anticipated Android Games of 2021
1. Plants vs. Zombies 3
This is a new game going to hit the Android gaming ecosystem. It’s called Plants vs. Zombies 3, and it’s already soft-launched in some parts all over the world. Unlike earlier titles, this one is about to portrait to allow more mobile-friendly single-handed play.
If you have never heard of it, Plants vs. Zombies is an action-strategy game in which you take on bad zombies with your army of plants. Each one of them has its unique offensive or defensive capabilities. This game will abandon the iconic 2D graphics for full 3D models, but it will remain overall aesthetic.
Although it is not clear when the game will officially be released, this much we are aware that it will be a free-to-play title with micro-transactions.
2. Total War Battles: Warhammer
Mobile RTS games have been quite weak, but this upcoming Android game comes from one of the largest franchises in RTS: Total War. Just like the latest PC releases, this game is on the theme of the Warhammer universe, so you can see high elves, dwarves, Skaven, and more.
It’s worth noting that although it matches the universe, it isn’t being created by Creative Assembly. Rather, seasoned mobile developer NetEase is leading the show. This should make this game better mobile optimized and may mean it includes some controversial elements like premium currencies and stamina.
Not too much is disclosed about this one, but the official website states a closed beta is coming soon. Stay tuned for more details in the days to come.
3. Summoners War: Chronicles
This is yet another one of the first mobile games to achieve enormous popularity. This upcoming iOS and Android game will take you to the world of excitement in a brand new way. Even if you’ve long moved on to other games, Summoners War will find a special place in many people’s hearts as their first mobile game addiction.
This game is a real-time MMORPG that takes place 70 years before the events of the original game. In this game, you can select teams of three characters, each of which can summon three monsters. These armies take on massive bosses with the help of other players all over the world.
This is the first game in Com2Us’ efforts to enlarge the Summoners War universe, so expect to hear about more games soon. It is slated for June 2021.
4. NieR Re[in]carnationThis is a new mobile game in an established console or PC series which is often dumbed-down versions that stand between game and pokies machine, but Nier Re[in]carnation seeks to buck that trend.
Though developed by a mobile-focused developer, the game will be produced by Yosuke Saito and directed by Yoko Taro. Just similar to the popular titles NieR Automata and its prequel NieR. The two have said that the game doesn’t feel like a smartphone game. The goal is not to cash in the brand but rather create something interesting and exciting.
It is a gorgeous game that seems to be more about platforming and exploration than action. It has already released in Japan in February 2021, with a worldwide release coming soon. The game is being localized into English, it is expected that more news coming soon.
5. The Witcher: Monster Slayer
This is a hit Netflix show earlier this year, and now it’s time for a brand new mobile game. This game is being developed by Spokko, which CD Projekt purchased two years ago specifically to work on a new mobile game. It now will put you in the shoes of an early Witcher (hundreds of years before Geralt of Rivia) to roam around the real world hunting monsters. The Witcher is getting the Pokémon Go treatment.
The game promises console-quality visuals and a great crafting system to make potions, traps, and more features. As of now, there is no confirmed release date, but there will be a soft launch may be in May.
6. Pokémon Unite
The last thing fans expect from the June 24 Pokémon Presents was a Pokémon mobile MOBA game, but that’s just what they got in Pokémon Unite. The game gives you direct control of some of your favorite Pokémon in a 5vs5 arena battle.
The standard MOBA formula has been implemented for Pokémon, with gameplay that focuses on capturing wild Pokémon and depositing them in certain areas to get points. There are two lanes instead of three and no turrets, but other than that gameplay appears very similar to popular MOBAs like League of Legends or Dota 2.
7. Apex Legends
While news about a mobile version of Apex Legends is quite amazing, we know for sure that Respawn Entertainment’s hit battle royale title is coming to mobile devices very soon. Shortly after the game’s release, devs stated that a mobile version is in the pipeline.
The game is currently in closed beta in India and the Philippines, so players in those regions can try it out right away. The game has been reworked for mobile from the ground up, which means touch controls and other optimizations. But this also says that it won’t be capable of cross-platform play with a PC or console.
8. Pokémon Sleep
Nonetheless, this is the second Pokémon title on this list of upcoming Android games, it was announced far earlier. It was first announced way back in May of 2019, although there’s been little news since then.
Still, new games in the Pokémon franchise are always attractive and this one takes a unique approach. Instead of actively exploring to catch ’em all, Pokémon Sleep is programmed to turn “sleeping into entertainment” by tracking your sleeping patterns.
It’s not clear how this will work, but Pokémon Go has been for entertainment, so who knows. Stay tuned for more details on this one sometime in 2021.
9. Warhammer: Odyssey
If you are a fan of the long-time wargaming series Warhammer Age of Sigmar, you should get excited about this upcoming Android game. Themed in the Old World, it’s an MMORPG that allows you to explore some of the most iconic locations in Warhammer lore.
Fight off agents of Chaos as an Archmage, Engineer, Shadow Warrior, Warrior Priest, Slayer, or Witch Hunter. It’s quite early in development, but you can pre-register on the official website to stay up to date with the latest news.
This is a battle royale game, similar to PUBG and Fortnite. You jump off an airplane with up to 150 other players and start looking for ammo, guns, and other supplies once you land. Then you go on the hunt and take down as many opponents as possible. The last one standing wins.
The battlefield gets smaller throughout the game, bringing players closer together and making sure you’re always on your toes. Just like in PUBG, you will find vehicles available so you can get from place to place faster. You can play solo or make an alliance with one or even four other players.
H1Z1 isn’t as known as PUBG or Fortnite, but it still has millions of avid fans. This game is available free to play and available on PS4 and PC. The company has confirmed a mobile version will be released soon, but there are no details on when it’s coming.