15 best upcoming Android games: Action, racing, strategy, and more
Mobile games have really come into their own in recent years, with tons of great new games released every month. The only issue is that the Google Play Store is still a mess, so finding upcoming Android games can be an absolute nightmare.
Best upcoming Android games:
- Rush Wars
- Wild Rift
- Minecraft Earth
- Eve: Echoes
- Shadowgun War Games
- Forza Street
- Sky: Children of the Light
- Apex Legends
- Teamfight Tactics
- Project Cars GO
- Diablo Immortal
- Impossible Bottles
- Payday: Crime War
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of upcoming Android games as new games are announced and others are officially released.
1. Rush Wars
Rush Wars is an upcoming Android game from the Finnish game studio Supercell. Much like the company’s other offerings like Clash Royale and Brawl Stars, it features a colorful cast of characters and a purely multiplayer experience.
Gameplay takes cues from Clash of Clans and Boom Beach, but combines elements in a new way. You have a base with static defenses and defensive troops that you upgrade over time using resources that you pillage from other players’ bases.
It’s currently in beta, having soft launched in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. That said, don’t expect it to be released any time soon. Supercell’s previous game Brawl Stars was in beta for 16 months before it saw an official release.
2. League of Legends: Wild Rift
Next up is a long rumored mobile game from Riot Games. League of Legends: Wild Rift was announced alongside a number of new releases during the ten year anniversary celebration of League of Legends. It features the same 5v5 MOBA gameplay as its PC counterpart, with adjustments to make it more mobile-friendly.
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Those adjustments required rebuilding the game from scratch, so not all champions will be available at launch. About 40 champions will be available at launch, but many will have their abilities tweaked. Match times will also be cut down to 15-18 minutes.
League of Legends is currently one of the most popular games in the world, making Wild Rift one of the most anticipated upcoming Android games around. It will enter beta in certain regions in late 2019, with a full mobile (and console) rollout some time in 2020.
3. Minecraft Earth
Microsoft is taking a big step with Minecraft Earth, a new AR mobile game for Android and iOS devices. According to the game’s website, players can build structures with other players and place them in the real world at life-size. You can build them with your friends or team up with others for mini-adventures.
Minecraft Earth features many familiar mobs Minecraft fans will know and love, as well as a bunch of new ones. Players have the option to breed unique mob variants and use them to populate their builds. Unlike the PC and console versions, Minecraft Earth is a free-to-play title, with in-game items available for purchase.
A closed beta of the game launched in October, but only in Iceland and New Zealand. If you’re not in those regions, you can also try the game out in participating Microsoft stores in the US and Canada, or in Sydney, Australia, and London, England. Pre-register at the link below to receive a notification when it’s finally available globally.
4. Eve: Echoes
Eve: Echoes is an upcoming Android game based on the hit space MMO from CCP games. The adaptation is being developed by NetEase, and retains much of what makes the game so popular so long after its initial release.
Expect massive space battles and an entire universe to explore. Eve has always been a unique sandbox experience, allowing players to explore, create monopolies, steal from other players, or just blast space baddies. This will likely need to be scaled back somewhat for mobile devices, but being able to progress in small increments while on the go is a huge advantage over the PC version.
Eve: Echoes had a brief closed alpha in September, and another round of testing is expected later this year. If you want to participate, sign up at the link below.
5. Shadowgun War Games
This upcoming title from Madfinger Games is a competitive multiplayer shooter set in the Shadowgun universe. In addition to Android, it’s also coming to the Nintendo Switch and iOS devices.
Shadowgun War Games features heroes from across the series that take part in 5v5 Capture the Flag battles. Each character has unique weapons and abilities, and your job is to coordinate strategies with your teammates to win. The game is presented as a fictional sport/game show taking place in an arena packed with action-hungry spectators — as shown in the trailer above.
An exact release date for the game has not been announced yet, but you can sign up for the closed beta on the developer’s website to try it out once it’s released.
6. Forza Street
Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios is adding a new game to the popular Forza series. Called Forza Street, it’s a free-to-play racing game that’s already available for Windows 10 devices (as Miami Street) and is coming to Android sometime later this year.
As you can tell by its name, the new game is all about street racing. Your goal is to win events, after which you get points to upgrade your cars or buy new ones to add to your garage. Unlike the Forza Motorsport series, Forza Street is aimed at casual gamers who want a more arcade-like experience.
You still have to put in lots of effort to win races, though. The game is all about timing: pressing the gas, brake, and boost option at the right moment is the key to overtaking opponents and finishing the race first. To learn more about the game, check out the short trailer above.
7. Sky: Children of the Light
From the creators of Journey, which was the 2013 Game of the Year, Sky: Children of the Light is an upcoming Android game that lets you explore a beautiful landscape at your own pace. Your task is to uncover the mystery of each of the game’s seven realms and return your people to the sky.
The game came out on iOS in mid-2019, and an Android release shouldn’t be too far off. It was briefly in early access at the beginning of October, but you can pre-register now at the link below to keep up to date on the release.
8. Apex Legends
While news about a mobile version of Apex Legends is few and far between, we know for sure that Respawn Entertainment’s hit battle royale title is coming to mobile devices soon. Shortly after the game’s release, devs confirmed that a mobile version is in the works.
Unfortunately, we’ve heard little about it since then. We may hear more about the mobile launch at some time in the near future, but at this point it’s unclear if we can expect it in 2019 or 2020. Even so, another big mobile battle royale title to compete with PUBG Mobile and Fortnite is something to look forward to.
9. Teamfight Tactics
Wild Rift wasn’t the only game announced at the League of Legends ten year anniversary event to make our list of the best upcoming Android games. Riot Games’ attempt at capitalizing on the Auto Chess (or auto-battler) craze is also coming to mobile devices soon.
Teamfight Tactics, or TFT, is a strategy game along the same lines as Dota Underlords or Auto Chess. You face off against seven opponents and build a team of champions over a number of in-game rounds. Champions have different strengths and synergies, and having a certain amount of each type will give special bonuses. Plus, you can equip and upgrade items for even more complex team compositions.
TFT is already out for PC, but the mobile version won’t enter beta until December of this year. Expect a full rollout sometime in 2020. Stay up to date by pre-registering on the official website, or on the Google Play Store below.
H1Z1 is a battle royale game, similar to PUBG and Fortnite. You jump out of an airplane with up to 150 other players and start looking for guns, ammo, and other supplies once you land. Then it’s time to go on the hunt and take down as many opponents as possible. The last one standing wins.
The playzone gets smaller and smaller throughout the game, bringing players closer together and making sure you’re always on your toes. Just like in PUBG, there are vehicles available so you can get from place to place faster. You can play solo or team up with one or even four other players.
H1Z1 isn’t as popular as PUBG or Fortnite, but it still has millions of devoted fans. It’s free to play and available on PS4 and PC. The company has confirmed a mobile version is in the works, but there are no details on when it’s coming.
11. Project Cars GO
Project Cars, a popular racing game on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, is getting a mobile spin-off. Called Project Cars GO, it will come with loads of exotic cars and tons of customization options, just like the PC and console versions.
Project Cars is known for an authentic racing experience, and the mobile version promises just that. The game has sold over two million copies worldwide so far and is one of the best of its kind.
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Gamevil and Slightly Mad Studios are developing the game, but there’s no word on the release date. Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell said racing fans will be “stomping the gas pedal and burning rubber very soon,” which makes us think it won’t be long until Project Cars GO makes its debut. When it does, it will give all the other titles on our list of best upcoming Android games a run for their money.
12. Diablo Immortal
Back in November 2018, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced it’s working on Diablo Immortal, its second mobile game. The title is being developed from the ground up, so it’s not a port of a previous Diablo PC or console game.
The storyline takes place between the events of Diablo II and III. The Archangel Tyrael is believed to be dead, while the Worldstone has been shattered into various fragments. Those Worldstone segments are the source of new and ancient evil creatures who want to use the stone’s power to take over the land.
The game lets you choose from six classes (Barbarian, Monk, Wizard, Crusader, Demon Hunter, and Necromancer), with each one having a set of at least 12 skills. You’ll be able to explore and fight in nine outdoors areas and will come across a lot of creatures never seen before in a Diablo title. The game is already listed on the Play Store, but an official release date has not been announced yet.
Butterscotch Shenanigans, the developer behind the popular Crashlands game, is developing a new title called Levelhead. This 2D platformer lets you build your own levels and publish them for everyone to play. You can use more than 60 elements to get the job done, including enemies, hazards, paths, switches, secrets, power-ups, and more.
It’s a cross-platform game, so levels created on Android will work on PC and iOS, and vice versa. Up to four people can play a level at once, or even create levels together. If you’re not into that, the single-player campaign lets you take control of GR-18 — a delivery robot in training.
Based on the short trailer (above), Levelhead looks like a lot of fun if you’re into platforming games. It’s already out on consoles, and should be making the jump to Android soon.
14. Impossible Bottles
Impossible Bottles is described as a rhythm game. You take on the role of a genius inventor who wants to provide an endless source of energy to the world with the help of his machines — from tiny robots to enormous golems.
To get the job done, you have to power the robots by firing streams of electricity in sync with the music. You can check out what this looks like by clicking here. But be careful: even a small mistake regarding the musical rhythm could create a global blackout and destroy the robots. The game features 10 hand-drawn robots, easy single-tap gameplay, and original electronic tracks to go along with each machine.
Impossible Bottles was initially scheduled for release in summer 2019, but it appears to have been delayed. There are no details on whether it will be a free-to-play title or not.
15. Payday: Crime War
Already a popular first-person shooter on PC and consoles, Payday is coming to Android. Payday Crime War is a multiplayer, team-based PvP title. One team takes on the role of criminals trying to perform a robbery. The other team steps into the shoes of a SWAT team trying to prevent the crime.
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Up to eight players can play in a match, which can happen in different locations. As you progress through the game, you can get new weapons and additional abilities to step up your game.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the game will officially be released. But you can sign up on the developer’s website to get notified once it does.
These are the some of best upcoming Android games to keep an eye out for, though we’re sure plenty of other interesting titles will debut this year.