Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier is one of two Final Fantasy VII mobile games Square had announced back in February. This particular game is a battle royale, and it just entered into pre-registration on the Play Store. Those who chose to pre-reg are throwing their hat in the ring for access to an upcoming closed beta test planned for June 1st. So if you're eager to see how Square can capitalize on the battle royale trend, then you'll probably want to check out today's fresh pre-reg listing.
The long-term fate of Stadia may be up in the air (and ready to fuel endless debate), but that's not stopping the platform from still managing to attract some AAA titles. Stadia's latest big score is Resident Evil Village, which lands this Friday, May 7. Google's welcoming it with another deal that offers a free Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller with pre-order — and you've only got a few hours left to take advantage of it.
Activision Blizzard recently held an earnings call. During this call, the COO Daniel Alegre stated that Diablo Immortal "is on track for global release later this year," which is the first time Blizzard has mentioned an actual release date for the game. Up until this call, all we knew is that the title had entered into its second alpha, which I took for a spin and came away reasonably impressed. So it's looking like Diablo Immortal could be released soon, and after such a long wait (it was announced in 2018), I'm sure there are a few Diablo fans out there that are eager to get their hands on the game.
If you're a big fan of games like Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons, and Animal Crossing, then the upcoming release for My Time at Portia should pique your interest. It's a farming simulation game at its core, but it also offers a host of life sim features, plus a few RPG mechanics, and it all takes place in a 3D open world. The game will arrive on Android and iOS this summer, but so far, there isn't a specific date.
NetEase has just announced that it's partnered with 11 Bit Studios to bring the popular post-apocalyptic city-builder Frostpunk to Android and iOS, but thanks to today's nebulous PR, it's unclear if this is going to be a port or an offshoot mobile interpretation. Thankfully NetEase has confirmed to me that this will not be a separate title but will instead exist alongside the core game with a few changes for mobile play, much like the difference between EVE Echoes and EVE Online.
Thanks to Epic's court case against Apple, a bunch of documents have leaked to the public, and so we've learned through these internal docs that Epic may be planning to bring the full version of Rocket League to mobile. This is not to be confused with Rocket League Sideswipe, a 2D version of the game I went hands-on with in March. Apparently, Epic is planning on creating a new launcher for the PC and console game that will offer the full experience across all platforms, including mobile, with a beta planned for mobile in Q2 2021.
Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Despite the fact it's the middle of the week, we have some solid sales today, including a few standouts. First up is Florence, an emotionally charged interactive storybook that's well-reviewed. Next up is Teslagrad, a gorgeous 2D puzzle platformer that's easily worth the current sale price. Last but not least is Gorogoa, a trippy puzzler that's a joy to explore. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 21 temporarily free and 37 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.
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Stadia's $10-a-month premium subscription, Stadia Pro, includes access to an ever-expanding catalog of games at no additional cost. The selection of redeemable games varies — Google adds a few each month, and sometimes removes some. Here, for your convenience, we've compiled a handy list of all the games you can claim right now.
If nothing else, Epic's continuing legal battle with Apple and Google is revealing some juicy behind-the-scenes details of the mobile gaming world. The latest tidbit is that, according to a report of the ongoing Epic v. Apple lawsuit, the game developer tried to tempt Google with a Stadia launch of Fortnite, one of the most popular free-to-play games on the planet, and the fulcrum of Epic's current battles.