Zynga has officially announced that it's working on a Harry Potter match-3 game for mobile. This game is called Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, and of course, Zynga has yet to share a single screenshot or video of the title. Paradoxically Zynga has noted that the game is already available as a soft-launch release in the Philippines, which means the studio is already publicly testing the title, which begs the question as to why there are zero screenshots or videos shared with today's announcement. Could it be that Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells is such a shallow cash grab that it's in the developer's best interest to hide what the game looks like before an official worldwide release?
Ubisoft has revealed Tom Clancy's Elite Squad, a new free-to-play action RPG that will stuff everyone's favorite Clancy characters into a single release. It will play like a strategic military RPG that's based around the lore of popular Ubisoft titles, such as Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, The Division, and Rainbow Six. You'll get to form a team of your favorite Clancy characters to take on a story-driven single-player campaign or face off against your friends in an online PvP battle mode.
EVE Echoes has been a long time coming, thanks to COVID, but we are finally nearing the official release. This title will exist as a mobile version of the mainline sandbox MMO, and we've known since July that the game would be officially launched on the Play Store on August 13th. Lo and behold EVE Echoes is available for download a day early, you simply won't be able to play until tomorrow (8/13) when the game's servers go live at 4:00 AM EST.
Blue Mammoth Games is the indie developer behind the successful platform fighter Brawlhalla, and the studio just announced that the game is coming to mobile in 2020, and a beta should arrive sometime soon. Brawlhalla exists as a free-to-play title that plays similarly to Super Smash Bros, and it should retain its free-to-play monetization when it lands on the Play Store in 2020. So if you're interested in testing out the beta before the mobile version is released, you can sign up today on the official website.
Out of nowhere, Saber Interactive's off-roading simulation game MudRunner has popped up on the Play Store. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's a sequel of sorts to Spintires, a quirky proof of concept where you drive Soviet-era trucks through heaps of realistic mud. MudRunner offers similar physics-based off-roading gameplay, but it's wrapped up in a much more polished package, and you can pre-register right now for the official Android release planned for July 15th.
The Professor Layton series of puzzle games has been incredibly popular since its debut on the Nintendo DS, and the first two games have already been ported to Android. Now the third title in the original triology, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, is coming to mobile later this month.
Yoko Taro's mobile RPG SINoALICE will finally see a worldwide release after an indefinite delay last year. The game was initially published in Japan back in 2017 by Nexon, and yet it would appear that the publisher wants nothing to do with the title anymore, and so Nexon is transferring the license to the original developer Pokelabo. Interestingly Pokelabo has just announced that it's cooperating with Square Enix to bring the game to the West on July 1st, though I have to wonder if this announcement is simply a last-ditch effort to make money with an aging mobile game that even Nexon couldn't bring to fruition as a global release.
The developer behind the niche visual novel series Danganronpa has announced that its next game is coming to Android on June 25th, and this will be a worldwide release that supports English. So far, we know this game is called Death Come True and that it will play out as a full-motion video game, much like Sega's infamous Night Trap.
The Pokémon Company has had a busy day thanks to a recent live stream, and so a bevy of announcements are currently floating around. First and foremost, the company announced a new match-3 game that will arrive on the Play Store on June 23. It's called Pokémon Café Mix, and you'll get to prepare drinks and dishes for your customers, all by matching Pokémon icons in a simple match-3 game, and it's currently available for pre-registration. Second up is an educational game for children called Pokémon Smile, and it's designed to teach kids how to properly brush their teeth, as well as keep up the habit by collecting Pokémon.
Square Enix has revealed a new Kingdom Hearts game for mobile, and it's tentatively titled Project Xehanort. The reason for this placeholder name is so Square Enix can drum up press by asking everyone to join a Twitter campaign to guess the game's name.