April was a big month in the Android gaming world with new game announcements and release dates for long awaited titles. Square Enix and Ubisoft revealed that Kingdom Hearts and Rainbow Six would make their way to mobile in the future, and Pokémon Go developer Niantic unveiled a brand new augmented reality project featuring Peridot. And four years after the announcement, Blizzard finally announced a release date for Diablo Immortal – along with some surprises.
Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link brings its intricate story to Android
I hope you’re ready for more Kingdom Hearts, and I’m not talking about Kingdom Hearts 4. While the Internet was in awe of Sora’s new style of art and his lack of clown shoes (RIP 2002-2022), Square Enix also unveiled a new mobile entry in the long-term franchise. Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link will bring the series to Android and iOS with 3D graphics and combat in real time, but not much is known about the story other than that it is brand new.
Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link centers around the bustling city of Scala ad Caelum, but other well-known worlds like Kingdom of Corona also appear in the trailer. Square Enix even says that players will be able to travel into the real world.
No release date was announced, but there will be a closed beta sometime this year in limited regions. Honestly, it’s probably for the best that Square Enix did not reveal a release date. It gives people more time to understand the series’ wildly confusing story and how it can play into the new title.
Ubisoft announces Rainbow Six Mobile with a closed alpha
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad did poorly on mobile – and eventually shut down completely – but that has not deterred Ubisoft from their mobile efforts. This time, the team brings Rainbow Six to Android and iOS. Rainbow Six Mobile will be a fully competitive, tactical FPS just like Rainbow Six Siege. It will even contain the Bank and Border cards from Siege adapted for mobile.
According to Ubisoft, Rainbow Six Mobile has been under development for over three years, and the team hopes it will allow players to play the game they love “in short, accessible series, while allowing for millions of new players to gain R6 experience. “
Ubisoft did not reveal a release date, but like Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link, Rainbow Six Mobile will hold upcoming closed technical tests that players can now sign up for.
Peridot is similar to Pokémon Go mixed with Tamagotchi
Niantic is back on it with yet another augmented reality adventure, this time in a brand new IP called Peridot. The developer seems to take what it learned from Pokémon Go and created its own world with amazing little creatures that can be trained and bred. Niantic only revealed a short 30-second teaser trailer for it, but it looks pretty cute.
Peridot will allow players to cuddle, feed and play with their Peridots, which are completely unique due to a combination of handmade assets and procedural generation. They can even be bred to create new archetypes.
Given how bad some of Niantic’s other titles have been after Pokémon Go, such as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pikmin Bloom, the developer could use a win with Peridot.
Diablo Immortal goes to Android and PC in June
Diablo Immortal has finally got a release date after four years. Blizzard revealed that the upcoming mobile spin-off will hit Android and iOS on June 2, 2022. In a surprising move, the company also revealed that there will be a PC version of the game and it will receive full cross-play and cross-play. play. progression support with the mobile versions.
Blizzard had not previously specified a PC release, so it will be interesting to see how the controls are translated. The team said in a blog post that they “have gone the extra mile to preserve important elements of the iconic Diablo control scheme so you can kill monsters in the comfort of your own home chair.”
I’ve never been to Diablo in person because I’m not a fan of isometric / pseudo-isometric gameplay, but I can try it on my mobile just to see what happens.
Genshin Impact Update 2.7 delayed
Since its launch, Genshin Impact has maintained an almost uninterrupted update cadence every 42 days, but it is set to change with Update 2.7. The game’s official Twitter account said, “due to project progress, the version 2.7 update will be postponed. For detailed information on the date of the new update, content adjustment plan and compensation, please stay tuned for upcoming announcements.”
Dear travelers, Due to the progress of the project, the update of version 2.7 will be postponed. For detailed information on the date of the new update, content adjustment plan and compensation, please stay tuned for upcoming announcements. # GenshinImpact pic.twitter.com/FiiGQyJO1GApril 29, 2022
It’s unclear what caused the delay, and fans were not given a time frame for when they can expect the update to launch. Given that developer HoYoverse has been updating it regularly for well over a year with significant content increases, it is understandable that they would eventually need extra time.
At this point, any franchise will come to mobile
I feel like I keep saying this every month, but we’re really starting to see almost every major franchise come to mobile. This is the way the industry is trending, whether you like it or not. Still, it’s definitely nice to see AAA franchises come properly to Android instead of all the shovel clothing we’ve seen and will most likely continue to see.
– Jennifer Locke