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24 temporarily free and 24 on-sale apps and games for I/O Wednesday

Good afternoon, and welcome back to some app sales. It's been a crazy week with Google I/O – the fatigue is real – so I took some time this morning to rest, which is why this is so late in the day. You'll have to forgive me, especially since there's not a whole lot good to be had today.

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Tencent pulls PUBG from Chinese market, ready with China-friendly replacement

Reuters has reported that Tencent has pulled PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese marketplace. In an effort to retain its lucrative player base in China the studio has shifted focus to a similar title with an anti-terrorism-theme called Game for Peace. Luckily for Tencent, Game for Peace was approved for monetization in China last month.

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[Update: June launch] ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion expansion coming to Android this year

The mobile port of the ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion expansion landed on the iPad back in 2017, and today Feral Interactive has announced that it's finally coming to iPhone and Android users sometime later this year. The central premise of this expansion revolves around the final years of Rome, and it will be up to choose whether you should defend the empire or lead the troops that aim to destroy it.

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Dead Cells is coming to Android after all

In October of last year, I broke the news that Dead Cells had popped up on the Play Store as a pre-registration listing, but the title was soon delisted. Sadly there was no way to know if that listing was a mistake, or if someone had simply pulled the trigger a little early. Well, there is no more need to guess. Motion Twin has announced a partnership with Playdigious to bring Dead Cells to mobile. The title is scheduled to be released on iOS sometime this summer, and an Android version "will come later."

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Microsoft teases mobile Minecraft augmented reality game

Minecraft is everywhere PCs, phones, tablets, game consoles, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, Apple TVs, and more. Microsoft teased a mixed reality version of Minecraft running on the HoloLens a few years ago, but that version of the game has yet to materialize. However, something like it might just make an appearance later this month.

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33 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to kick off Google I/O week

Welcome to Google I/O 2019 week, everyone. Things are about to kick into high gear, so be ready for the barrage of news. Though the keynote isn't until tomorrow, you can still expect some early stuff today, so why not have a look through some app sales before that starts?

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18 new and notable Android games from the last week including Grimvalor, Tesla vs Lovecraft, and Golf Blitz

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a fantastic hack and slash platformer, a gorgeous twin-stick shooter with a Lovecraftian theme, and a competitive mini golf game from Noodlecake Studios. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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[Update: Bethesda account not needed] Early access for The Elder Scrolls: Blades now open to everyone

Last week Bethesda launched its first wave of early access for The Elder Scrolls: Blades on Android, and today the studio has revealed that it's opening further access to anyone with a Bethesda.net account. Luckily Bethesda accounts are free, which means The Elder Scrolls: Blades is now open to everyone.

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20 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps and games for Friday

TGIF, y'all. The weekend before Google I/O is almost here, so savor it because next week is going to be nuts. There will be the regularly-scheduled app sales and I'll try to get them out early in the mornings so that you have some time to look through them before I/O news starts. Unlike Wednesday's roundup – which still has goodies like the Evoland games and KOTOR on sale – today's is quite small.

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[Bonus Round] Kingsman - The Secret Service Game, SpellForce: Heroes & Magic, Shards of Infinity, Ana The Game, Golf Blitz, and Tales of Wind

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a stealth-based strategy game that takes place in the world of the Kingsman, a turn-based strategy RPG from a long-running series, a digital adaptation of a popular physical card game, an adventure game that takes place on an in-game phone, Noodlecake Studios' latest golfing game, and an anime-themed MMORPG.

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