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There's a new 'Doom' game coming to Android, and it just entered early access

There's a new 'Doom' game coming to Android, and it just entered early access

It looks like Bethesda has plans to cash in further on mobile (as if The Elder Scrolls: Blades wasn't bad enough), and so the studio is testing a top-down shooter called Mighty Doom. This game is currently in early access in New Zealand, though details are light since Bethesda has yet to announce the title officially. What we do know is that this is a free-to-play mobile game that will offer casual level-based gameplay that takes place in famous Doom locales.

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The Walking Dead: Survivors meanders onto Android as a free-to-play release

The Walking Dead: Survivors meanders onto Android as a free-to-play release

The Play Store recently received a new title for pre-registration, and it's an upcoming Walking Dead game themed around strategic survival-based gameplay. It's called The Walking Dead: Survivors, and it would appear the game has been in the works since at least November 2020, judging by the official Facebook page. Well, as of this weekend, those in the US, Germany, and Russia can pre-register for the title in anticipation of the upcoming launch.

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Hands-on with League of Legends: Wild Rift, possibly the best MOBA on mobile

Hands-on with League of Legends: Wild Rift, possibly the best MOBA on mobile

The build-up to the US open beta for League of Legends: Wild Rift has been a long one, but now that this beta is almost here, I've taken it for a spin ahead of time to report on my findings. Below I've detailed all of the critical bits, things like performance, controls, and monetization, and I've even taken the time to record a 48-minute gameplay video so that everybody can see exactly what this open beta will have to offer when it's released on Monday. So if you're eager to learn all about the upcoming US beta for Wild Rift, this hands-on is for you.

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Just Cause is coming to Android, and there's a new trailer available today

Just Cause is coming to Android, and there's a new trailer available today

Square Enix has announced that it will bring the Just Cause series to Android with the release of a free-to-play shooter titled Just Cause: Mobile. The game is slated for a 2021 release, though it will not be handled by Avalanche Studios (the devs behind the console and PC games) but will instead be developed by a new team led by Square Enix.

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Following Apple's lead, Google cuts Play Store fees in half for most developers

Following Apple's lead, Google cuts Play Store fees in half for most developers

For half a year there's been a huge storm brewing over app store platforms, the money that they make, and who gets to keep how much of it. It all came to a head when Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off of the App Store and Play Store for working around the usual in-app purchase revenue split. Long story short: Apple and Google did just that, and the legal battle is ongoing. But the fallout is affecting other parts of the industry.

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Dadish 2 is the much-awaited sequel to 2020's hit platformer, out now

Dadish 2 is the much-awaited sequel to 2020's hit platformer, out now

Early last year, we saw Thomas Young's radish-based platformer Dadish hit it big on the Play Store, and it's easy to see why. The game is simply adorable thanks to its charming 2D graphics, and better yet, it's a quality platformer that offers the fun and simplicity of the classics. This is most likely why the game was a breakout success, so it's hardly a surprise to see that the follow-up has been released in quick succession. That's right, Dadish 2 is here, and much like the original title, it's a free ad-supported game where you can remove its advertisements through a single in-app purchase, making for a premium release.

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Angry Birds Journey is a return to form for Rovio, now available in early access in select regions

Angry Birds Journey is a return to form for Rovio, now available in early access in select regions

Rovio's Angry Birds series has seen many forms over the years. It all kicked off with a fantastic slingshot game, but in recent years Rovio has been treading water with low-effort bubble poppers and match-3 titles, which is hardly worth writing home about. Surprisingly Rovio has just announced the soft launch of Angry Birds Journey, and to my amazement, it looks like Rovio has finally gone back to its roots with a new entry in the core slingshot series.

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It looks like Pulse SMS has been bought by Maple Media — get ready for intrusive ads?

It looks like Pulse SMS has been bought by Maple Media — get ready for intrusive ads?

If the name Maple Media doesn't ring a bell, it might be time to put the Californian company on your watchlist. Over the past few years, the startup has purchased many popular Indie Android apps like the podcast player Player FM, the photo collage maker Pic Stitch, and a whole bunch of games.

According to a TechCrunch investigation, the company's goal is to optimize existing IAP revenue streams and add its advertising network to its purchases, all while optimizing the apps thanks to shared code and developer expertise across the lineup. It looks like the latest product to become part of Maple Media's portfolio is Klinker Apps' PulseSMS, a Pushbullet competitor focused on cross-platform text message synchronization.

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Discord now supports Google Play subscriptions, but managing existing plans is more difficult

Discord now supports Google Play subscriptions, but managing existing plans is more difficult

Discord is a wildly popular messaging platform among gamers, offering plenty of tools for organizing a gaming session or livestreaming. Some of the more advanced features like large file uploads and higher stream resolution require a subscription, and as of today, those can be managed through Google Play, along with any other in-app purchases.

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