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49 top games in soft launch: From Brawl Stars and Candy Crush Friends Saga to Titan World and Firstborn: Kingdom Come

49 top games in soft launch: From Brawl Stars and Candy Crush Friends Saga to Titan World and Firstborn: Kingdom Come

Soft launch reporting by Ric Cowley and Iain Harris.

PocketGamer.biz is now regularly rounding up the most interesting games that are currently in soft launch.

An important part of the shift to a games-as-a-service approach, the soft launch process enables developers to fine-tune their game, particularly in relation to meta-game mechanics such as time gates, in-game resources and psychological components.

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Of course, some games require more time in soft launch than others; something that can reveal a game experiencing more serious issues than mere fine-tuning.

But, of course, the main point of the feature is to get you excited about the games you'll soon be able to play...


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  • The Island: Survival Challenge

    The Island: Survival Challenge logo

    Developer: Endemol Shine
    Where: New Zealand
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 10 April 2018
    Updates: (1), last 11 April 2018

    Making his first appearance on mobile since 2014, with Flappy Bird inspired-title Air Bear Grylls, survivalist expert Bear Grylls is back with The Island: Survival Challenge.

    The free-to-play game puts the player on a remote tropical island with 20 unskilled people. Along with tips from Bear Grylls, users are tasked with leading the team through the trials and tribulations of island life and keeping them motivated in the process.

    Each day brings three new survival challenges and a chance to level-up the islander’s skills to equip them better to survive.

    The Island: Survival Challenge also includes a customisation function that allows players to decorate their camp as they please to add a personal touch.

  • Battlelands Royale

    Battlelands Royale logo

    Developer: Futureplay
    Where: Finland, Poland, Ukraine
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 29 April 2018
    Updates: (2), last 06 April 2018

    You may have missed it, but the battle royale trend is currently going strength to strength on galactic proportions, especially on mobile. As such, Futureplay has entered the fray with its effort Battlelands Royale.

    The soft launched title maintains the genre norm with a game progression of parachuting, looting and shooting while being mindful of the impending and shrinking storm radius.

    The Helsinki-based studio changes things up, however, with an element of pace as lobbies hold 24 players with game time aimed to up to five minutes.

    The free-to-play title also features a cosmetic feature with unlockable outfits.

  • Is-it love? Adam

    Is-it love? Adam logo

    Developer: 1492 Studios
    Where: France, Belgium, Turkey
    Platforms: iOS, Android
    Live since: 09 April 2018
    Updates: N/A

    French games developers 1492 Studios is looking to maintain a recent native tradition of successful narrative games with Is-it love? Adam.

    The game’s story revolves around the main character’s life as they find themself in Manhattan in a steady job with steady friends, but without a sense of adventure that has, seemingly, long past.

    As these stories tend to go, at this point enters Adam – a hybrid drummer/ surfer hunk who is here to shake up the established narrative.

    The title works in an episodic fashion. Expect regular new additions to the story with player-choice altering the progression of the narrative.

  • God Eater: Resonate Ops

    God Eater: Resonate Ops logo

    Developer: Bandai Namco
    Where: Japan
    Platforms: iOS, Android
    Live since: 3 April 2018
    Updates: (1), last 12 April 2018

    Bandai Namco’s God Eater: Resonate Ops not only represents the newest instalment in the God Eater series but the first time it’s come to the mobile platform on iOS and Android.

    Currently in soft-launch in Japan the RPG title is free-to-play with item-based micro-transactions.

    The story continues on from its previous title God Eater 2: Rage Burst and sees humankind in decline, with the game's protagonist thrown into restricted battle zones in the game’s collapsing world.

    Combat is turn-based and features a party system with returning characters from previous games in the series, who all make cameo appearances for specific missions.

  • Master of Eternity

    Master of Eternity logo

    Developer: Nexon
    Where: Thailand, Singapore, United States, France
    Platforms: iOS, Android
    Live since: 14 March 2018
    Updates: (2), last 27 April 2018

    With a mixture of pixie piloted Gundams and strategic RPG gameplay with romantic story beats Nexon is hoping to serve up something unique with free-to-play Master of Eternity.

    The story primarily revolves around the games pixie protagonists, each coming with their own story that is fleshed out in a particular episodic format. Each pixie holds a different title from ‘space cadet’ to ‘mad scientist’ and comes with a customisable room.

    Combat is turn-based with four classes of mech up for selection, including assault, bombardier, support and sniper. Players can duke it out with each other in a “hide and seek” mode or take on the game’s various temple guardians in battle simulations.

  • Final Space AR

    Final Space AR logo

    Developer: Time Warner
    Where: United States
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 17 March 2018
    Updates: (3), last 5 April 2018

    Staying true to trend, internet Indie film marker Olan Rogers and TV host Conan O’Brien’s The Final Space is the latest TV Show/ film to get the augmented reality treatment.

    Gary, Mooncake and the crew will be brought to fan’s phones and will playout various scenes that can be recorded and shared. The free-to-play title will also roll out more content as the show airs more episodes.

    Final Space is an animated adult comedy sci-fi TV series that is currently airing on TBS. Episodes centre on main protagonist Gary and his alien friend Mooncake as they endeavour to unlock the mystery of final space.

  • Firstborn: Kingdom Come

    Firstborn: Kingdom Come logo

    Developer: Netmarble
    Where: Turkey, Netherlands, Australia, Sweden
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 11 October 2017
    Updates: (6), last 2 April 2018

    Netmarble has soft-launched real-time strategy game called Firstborn: Kingdom Come ahead of its release later this year.

    Players will be able to build their armies and strategically align themselves with others to defend and conquer enemies. Firstborn: Kingdom Come also features role-playing elements with levelling and gear customisation available for playable heroes.

    Two different stories are also on offer with the first featuring a battle against horde in Dimensional Battles while the other involves traversing through your own township to take on an array of quests.

    The fourth update added new content to make the title more accessible for newer players with a safe zone along with beginner alliances.

    The 6th update added a battle royale mode along with 3 new equipment sets.

  • Asphalt 9: Legends

    Asphalt 9: Legends logo

    Developer: Gameloft
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 26 February 2018
    Updates: (3), last 09 April 2018

    The follow up to Gameloft’s 2013 release Asphalt 8: Airborne has pulled into soft launch with the promise of new goods under the hood.

    Series regulars are still present with a broad array of hyper-cars available for selection from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors.

    Players can also customise their chosen rides with a selection of colours and materials before taking it out for a spin on any of the game’s 70 tracks which are inspired by real-world locations.

    A raft of modes is also up for selection, from a career mode based on 60 seasons and 800 races to a new Club feature that will let you charge up the leaderboards.

  • Titan World

    Titan World logo

    Developer: Glu Mobile
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 1 March 2018
    Updates: (2), 11 April 2018

    It is undeniably all go over at Glu Mobile regarding soft launching titles with WWE Universe and MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018 making their way onto the iOS app store last month.

    Now a new month has brought another soft-launched title as new IP Titan World has also made its way onto the iOS app store in the Philippines.

    Titan World is a strategic turn-based battle game that utilises an active battle system with players controlling a team of titans. Victory is obtained when one player destroys the other’s titans and base.

    Gameplay mainly revolves around the competitive feature called the Titan League where players can fight it out to move up the league standings should they prove victorious.

    Players can also manage their rosters with upgrades and can recruit additional titans that specialise in different attacks from crowd control to anti-air.

    The second update added ultimate moves such as acid gernades and EMPS along with multiplayer functionality. 

     

  • WWE Universe

    WWE Universe logo

    Developer: Glu Mobile
    Where: New Zealand and Australia 
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 22 February 2018
    Updates: N/A

    With the WWE's biggest show of the year Wrestlemania just months away, the company have teamed up with Glu Mobile to make a game based on the day to day of managing a wrestling company.

    Players can choose to fill their roasters with superstars from every generation such as the Nature Boy Ric Flair to the Phenomenal One AJ Styles and will train them up so they can hit their full potential.

    Alongside the usual training, players will also experience the brand's storylines as wrestlers feud with each other for various reasons.

    WWE Universe will also utilise one-touch controls as wrestlers grapple and hit their signature moves in what aims to be an easy to play experience.

  • Westworld

    Westworld logo

    Developer: Warner Bros/Behaviour Interactive
    Where: Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 1 February 2018
    Updates: (3), last 29 March 2018

    Because every big franchise needs a mobile management sim these days, Warner Bros has tapped Fallout Shelter developer Behaviour Interactive to make a game based on its TV show Westworld.

    It looks a lot like the developer's big hitter, with an underground world that you need to populate with the right rooms to ensure the theme park above works as planned.

    You'll need to manage resources and people, and make sure your guests are matched with the right hosts to make sure they have the best time possible.

    And, as fans of the show will know, you'll also have to keep your AIs in check and guarantee they're not going to flip out and start questioning their reality.

    The 3rd update added a new town called Pariah, which is built upon decadence and transgression. The new location comes with 5 new buildings. 

  • Angry Birds Blast Island

    Angry Birds Blast Island logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: Hong Kong, Taiwan
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 1 February 2018
    Updates: (1), last 5 March 2018

    After the success of Angry Birds Blast, Rovio is bringing it back for another round in the apparent sequel Angry Birds Blast Island.

    Much like the previous game, you'll be popping two or more connected coloured blocks to clear the screen and score huge points from level to level.

    There's about 500 levels already available, and likely even more to come, as well as daily challenges to take part in.

    There will also be weekly and monthly events to test yourself with, and a global leaderboard where you can show off your balloon popping prowess.

  • The Walking Dead: Our World

    The Walking Dead: Our World logo

    Developer: Next Games
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 30 January 2018
    Updates: (3), last 03 April 2018

    Not content with just one Walking Dead game in its roster, Next Games is now using the license for its first location-based, AR-enabled title The Walking Dead: Our World.

    Players will roam the streets of the real-world, using their phone to find supplies, survivors and hordes of zombies to fend off against.

    You can also unlock characters from the TV series to aid you in your quest, and gather weapons to give yourself a deadly advantage over the undead.

    There will also be social aspects, with weekly events planned and the ability to share your best moments with the world, if that tickles your fancy.

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

    Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery logo

    Developer: Jam City
    Where: Unreleased
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 17 January 2018
    Updates: (3), 11 April 2018

    Warner Bros is already making moves with its new Portkey Games label, as Jam City has soft-launched its upcoming adventure game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

    How exactly it plays is its own mystery, but the game will see you creating your own student of Hogwarts, and living life through the years.

    That means attending classes to learn new spells, spending time with your friends, customising your character as you progress, and winning the House Cup.

    There's also the titular mystery to solve, which involves the disappearance of your brother and something called the "Cursed Vaults", which sounds rather lovely.

  • Sky: Light Awaits

    Sky: Light Awaits logo

    Developer: thatgamecompany
    Where: Philippines, New Zealand
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 19 December 2017
    Updates: (18), last 11 April 2018

    After years making celebrated games for Sony consoles, thatgamecompany is making the leap to mobile with gentle exploration game Sky: Light Awaits.

    Pitched as a social adventure, you're armed with a lit candle and the ability to fly, and it's up to you to restore light to the dark areas of the world.

    You'll need to rope in friends and family to help you out on your adventure, and you'll need to solve puzzles, gift candles, and hold hands if you want to open up even more of the world.

    Though if it's anything like previous games from thatgamecompany, you can just as easily spend eternity wandering around the starting location and still enjoy the calm, gentle nature of the environment.

    The third update adds a Starter Pack to kickstart your adventure, allows cosmetics to be accessed from any shop, and fixes some bugs.

    The ninth update adds two new levels along with a dark creature that will remove emotes if they attack the player.

    The sixteenth update adds a new level called The Eye of Eden along with the Rebirth system, which allows additional story playthroughs and emote upgrades.  

  • Badland Brawl

    Badland Brawl logo

    Developer: Frogmind Games
    Where: Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 4 December 2017
    Updates: (17), last 7 April 2018

    After finding success in premium games with its Badland series, Frogmind is now taking the universe to a whole new place with its free-to-play PvP title Badland Brawl.

    It's a one-lane brawler that has players firing their units out of a slingshot and at their opponent's tower in order to bring it toppling down.

    You'll need to build up an army birthed from eggs, and upgrade them to ensure you don't get yourself killed later down the line.

    On top of that, you can join clans, share your units with friends, and build your own little community, as well as watching old battles on BadTube to get hints on how to win in future.

    The eleventh update added five new clones to the fray along with some changes to the matchmaking system. Frogmind Games has aimed to reduce the wait time for a game by tweaking the system's logic so that a players level is no longer taken into account.


  • Hungry Dragon

    Hungry Dragon logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Philippines, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 22 November 2017
    Updates: (10), last 19 March 2018

    Not content with just water-based eat-em-ups, it looks like Ubisoft's FGOL studio is expanding its Hungry franchise into fantasy with Hungry Dragon.

    Much like previous entires, you'll be exploring a small map, eating anyone who gets in your way and trashing everything you see.

    Since you're a dragon, you can breathe fire all over the world too, and watch as everything burns to a crisp for your amusement.

    There's 10 dragons to unlock and become even stronger, and there'll be plenty of hidden areas to unlock as you fly around killing everyone.

  • MapleStory Blitz

    MapleStory Blitz logo

    Developer: Nexon
    Where: Australia, Malaysia, Philippines
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 10 November 2017
    Updates: (10), last 5 April 2018

    Remember MMORPG MapleStory? Well, you won't recognise it in Nexon's mobile take on the world, MapleStory Blitz.

    Rather than make a smaller RPG, Nexon has instead taken the themes and settings of the game and used it to make a Clash Royale-style card-based MOBA.

    Players battle in real-time PvP online matches, sending their units down one of three lanes and trying to topple their opposition before they get crushed.

    You'll need to build up a deck of cards to fight with, and level them up as you go so you don't get wiped out by the competition.

    The sixth update adds an emoji-based communication system, updates the tutorial, changes how heroes are acquired, adds a navigation system for beginners, and makes some other balance changes and bug fixes.

    The ninth update brought with it a new season that included a new battleground called Zakum's Altar and a new card pack. 

    The tenth update introduces the new Brand Battle Mode, a PvP arena that introduces a new set of rules such as the "Spear meets Shield" mode which grants players powerful decks to take on equally powerful opponents.  

  • Diamond Diaries Saga

    Diamond Diaries Saga logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Poland
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 30 October 2017
    Updates: (10), last 11 April 2018

    Along with its mid-core titles further down our list, King is sticking to what it knows with titles like Diamond Diaries Saga.

    It's a fairly straightforward game - you need to draw links between objects of matching colours to clear the board and complete objectives.

    This could be dropping diamonds down to below the line at the bottom of the screen, capturing a certain number of dolls, or a number of other tasks.

    There also looks to be an colouring book element to the game, along with the usual hundreds of levels of matching action to keep players engaged for a long time.

  • Card Smash: Tribes at War

    Card Smash: Tribes at War logo

    Developer: Heavyweight Rex
    Where: Australia, Finland, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 30 October 2017
    Updates: (3), last 8 March 2018

    There's plenty of card games out there on the market, but Card Smash looks to be trying something new with the genre.

    As you might expect, you'll need to build up a deck of cards from hundreds available, before taking a handful of them into battle against real-world opponents.

    Then you'll be placing your chosen cards on a 4x4 grid, where attacks can come from all sides and not just directly ahead of you.

    Oh, and there might an explosive bunny thrown into the mix too, if that's your kind of thing.

  • Paladins Strike

    Paladins Strike logo

    Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
    Where: Australia
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 26 October 2017
    Updates: (6), last 11 April 2018

    Hi-Rez is returning to mobile to have another crack at bringing one of its PC franchises to the platform, this time around with Paladins Strike.

    The game boils down the PC hero shooter into a top-down MMO - though it still has a focus on its heroes and their big guns.

    Players will acquire and customise a wide range of heroes, before sending them off into 5v5 battles with other real human beings.

    Hi-Rez is promising more than the usual fare however, with a variety of game modes to try out, and a heavy focus on the game's eSports potential.

    The first update adds a new Champion to play with, along with new skins and an updated Summons map to explore.

    The second update revamps the UI, new skins, and a new Champion to unlock and play as.

  • Best Fiends Rivals

    Best Fiends Rivals logo

    Developer: Seriously
    Where: Australia, Finland, Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 25 October 2017
    Updates: (9), last 28 March 2018

    After jacking in Best Fiends Slugs a while back in favour of its short animations, Seriously is back to games with a new puzzler Best Fiends Rivals.

    Taking the series back to its roots, Rivals has you linking up icons of the same kind to clear boards and score big points.

    The twist here is that you can now form teams with other players and battle it out with people from around the world to prove your puzzling prowess.

    Throw on Daily Challenges to keep things interesting, and a huge tournament ladder to work through, and this looks set to be the definitive version of the Best Fiends formula.

    The sixth update adds a new world map full of information on your friends' progress alongside your own, adds a bunch of new levels, reduces the trophy loss for failing a level, and makes it faster and easier to upgrade Fiends.

    The eighth update added over 35 new "fiendtastic," ahem, levels. It also introduced more coins to be earned per game along with various game performance updates.

  • PAC-MAN Maker

    PAC-MAN Maker logo

    Developer: Bandai Namco
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 2 October 2017
    Updates: N/A

    Pac-Man has come to mobile in a variety of ways over the years, but this time Bandai Namco is letting players loose on their own versions of the classic game with PAC-MAN Maker.

    As the name suggests, players will be given the opportunity to design their own Pac-Man levels to chase ghosts and eat dots around, and then share them with others around the world.

    There's nine palettes of 32 colours to choose from, letting you get as colourful as you like with your creations, and a heap of gadgets and ghosts to throw in and make your levels even trickier.

    And you can even create levels that go beyond the standard screen size, allowing you to create enormous mazes like never before.

  • Cartoon Squad

    Cartoon Squad logo

    Developer: Bandai Namco
    Where: Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Belguim, Netherlands, United Kingdom
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 18 September 2017
    Updates: (9), last 26 February 2018

    It was only a matter of time until a developer decided to do everything in a mobile game, and now Bandai Namco is trying just that with its next title Cartoon Squad (formerly Cartoon Clash).

    Mashing up city-builder, RPG, match-3, and strategy elements sounds like a tall order, but there's a few interesting twists here and there to make it more appetising.

    Players can create their own match-3 puzzles to send to friends and enemies, for example, and asynchronous multiplayer means you can take the games at your own pace.

    You'll still need to contend with players attacking your home base though, so you'll need to shore up your defenses with walls and units.

  • Twist

    Twist logo

    Developer: Jam City
    Where: Argentina, New Zealand, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 6 September 2017
    Updates: (2), last 12 October 2017

    A bit of an odd one this - casual developer Jam City has decided to spread its wings and try a whole new genre with Twist, an interactive fiction portal.

    Players can choose to play through stories from a number of genres, including horror, romance, and comedy, and make their own choices as they play to further the story.

    In Episode fashion, certain choices will be locked behind an IAP, and players can only play a certain number of stories each day.

    But Jam City is also offering a subscription model, allowing players unlimited access to all stories for a set price each week, month, or year.

  • Royal Charm Slots

    Royal Charm Slots logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 31 August 2017
    Updates: (18), last 08 April 2018

    King has finally entered the social casino space with its newly soft-launched game Royal Charm Slots (formerly Royal House Slots).

    It's the usual social casino slots affair - there's a variety of slot machines to pump virtual money into, and huge prizes to be won.

    But this time it's been made with King's classic goofiness and cute art style, so there's plenty of bright colours and silly characters to keep proceedings light-hearted and fun.

    There's also collectibles to acquire as you play, boosters to help you out, and plenty of different games already on offer, with more planned for later down the line.

  • Dungeon Hunter Champions

    Dungeon Hunter Champions logo

    Developer: Gameloft
    Where: Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, Bulgaria
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 15 August 2017
    Updates: (9), last 29 March 2018 

    Not content with just making a MOBA or an RPG, Gameloft has decided to smash the two together in its upcoming game Dungeon Hunter Champions.

    The single-player campaign sees players gathering a team of champions and fighting their way through dungeons in action-RPG battles against mobs and giant bosses alike.

    Meanwhile, the multiplayer side of things is a straight-up, 5v5 MOBA that is slowly making its way onto mobile.

    There's apparently over 275 champions to collect, which would give it the largest roster on the market, and each one can be customised and upgraded to give them an edge over the competition.

    The second update adds a new Champion along with a Collection Book to keep track of all your Champions, a new time-limited summon, new achievements, a more generous economy, and some bug fixes.

    The third update adds a new raid, a new Champion, and exclusive summon, more information on each Champion, and the ability to rate Champions.

    The fourth update adds another Champion, changes the FTUE to encourage new players, adds additional story to the single-player campaign, and adds daily login rewards.

    The fifth update adds 5v5 online MOBA battles along with 1v1 challenges, a new Champion, a new currency, a friends list, support for new languages, and the ability to turn unused Champions into gold.

    The seventh update adds a new social space called The Tavern, along with new monthly events and a new story that will take you through a new map. 

  • Brick Wizard

    Brick Wizard logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Thailand
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 26 July 2017
    Updates: (22), last 10 April 2018

    King is on a roll with soft launching games at the moment, and its latest, Brick Wizard, actually looks pretty interesting.

    Appearing at first like a mix of Breakout and Monster Strike (though we are reliably informed it is nothing like the latter), it sees players firing off spells to destroy blocks and batter bad guys to clear the screen and score big points.

    There's also a range of power-ups to deploy if you're in a particularly sticky situation, or if you just want to destroy all the blocks as quickly as possible for a higher score.

    There's currently over 80 levels to work through too, so there's plenty to get your teeth into, and inevitably much more to come.

  • Last Day Alive

    Last Day Alive logo

    Developer: Glu Mobile
    Where: Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 19 July 2017
    Updates: (9), last 11 April 2018

    Everyone loves killing zombies, right? That's certainly what Glu is hoping, having soft-launched its latest game Last Day Alive.

    You'll be killing zombies with a variety of guns and other weapons you can lay your hands on, all while dealing with different variants like armour-wearing zombies and so on.

    There's also a base-building PvP aspect, allowing you to jump into a helicopter and rain hell on other players to loot them for much-needed resources.

    Or if getting face-to-face is more your scene, you can enter solo or 2v2 battles against other real-life players to truly test your skills.

    The fourth update adds language support for German, French, and more, along with a new 1v1 PvP arena, the ability to earn survivors and appearances through crates, and a handful of balance changes.

    The fifth update adds PvP clan duels and ranked co-op matches, a new Base Power mechanic, and reworks how some resources are earned and displayed in-game.

  • Dead Rivals

    Dead Rivals logo

    Developer: Gameloft
    Where: Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 6 July 2017
    Updates: (10), last 11 April 2018

    In keeping with the monsters they centre around, it seems that zombie games will never die out, with Gameloft returning to the horrific creatures in its new game Dead Rivals.

    This time around it's an action-RPG, with character classes, loot, and levelling up to deal with, all mixed in with hundreds of zombies to shoot and blow up.

    There's also an MMO element to it, so you'll also need to fend off other players online with friends or solo.

    And Gameloft is promising top-end graphics to go with the experience, along with huge maps and an intuitive control system.

  • Assassin's Creed: Rebellion

    Assassin's Creed: Rebellion logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Philippines, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 27 June 2017
    Updates: (10), last 13 March 2018

    Following the moderate success of its gameplay-heavy Assassin's Creed Identity, Ubisoft is once again returning to its Italian assassin's for another mobile game, Assassin's Creed: Rebellion.

    It's a cuter affair than most of the games in the series, with all the popular assassin's turned into chibi versions of themselves as they go about on their killing sprees.

    It's a strategy RPG with base-building elements, as you build up your brotherhood and take down the Templars one by one.

    New characters can be collected as you go, and they can be upgraded to make them even deadlier when taking on Templar strongholds.

    The fourth update adds everyone's favourite Assassin Ezio in place of Aguilar for the first two missions, as well as adding a new region and new missions to play.

    The fifth update adds a new Achievement system that unlocks a new Assassin, as well as daily login rewards of resources and DNA fragments for heroes.

    The seventh update revamps the tutorial to make it faster, adds new Daily Objectives and Achievements, brings in power scores to compare assassins, and adds Rush Mode to raid previously beaten levels for more rewards.

  • Protostrike

    Protostrike logo

    Developer: Level Eight
    Where: Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 21 June 2017
    Updates: (3), last 6 December 2017

    Short, fast-paced shooters seem to be working well on mobile at the moment, so Level Eight's Protostrike is primed to be a particularly interesting game.

    Players battle it out in top-down shooting arenas, with just three minutes to run around and kill as many enemies as you can.

    You can also use boosters to give your character different buffs, and a wide variety of weapons to suit all kinds of playstyles.

    There's also weekly leaderboards and skill-based matchmaking, so you can show off your skills to the world both in person and with your name on a list.

  • Legend of Solgard

    Legend of Solgard logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden, Germany
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 16 June 2017
    Updates: (16), last 12 April 2018

    Another a couple of false starts, King is taking another stab at the midcore-RPG crowd with its latest soft-launched title Legend of Solgard.

    It plays out as a strange cross between match-3 and RPG, with turn-based battles that see players matching small units to grow them and make them stronger before they attack the opponent's team.

    You can also collect new heroes and units, and level them up to deal more damage to both AI and human players.

    And you can form a guild with your friend to take on other clans and prove your worth as the best, if you like that kind of thing.

    The sixth update adds new Rainbow events, a boss arena, a new daily login reward schedule, and changes energy costs if you lose a battle.

  • Brawl Stars

    Brawl Stars logo

    Developer: Supercell
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 15 June 2017
    Updates: (6), last 14 March 2018

    Supercell may not be the most prolific of developers, but when it launches a game, it tends to be pretty darned good - and Brawl Stars looks to be no exception.

    A top-down MOBA-esque shooter, the game sees teams of three facing off across a number of different objective-based modes.

    Heroes can be customisted and levelled up as you play to make them crazier and more powerful, and you can form clans with your friends to practice or battle others.

    It's looking tipped to be a new eSport too, so if you're looking to get involved in a potentially lucrative future, this might be the game to get in on before it gets too popular.

    The first update adds a new Brawler, a new skin, and a new map, as well as improving matchmaking and visuals, and fixes some bugs.

    The second update adds two new brawlers, a new game mode, rejigs the season system, makes improvements to the joystick, and makes a few other changes and fixes.

    The third update adds Brawler upgrades into Brawl Boxes, removes the chance of getting duplicate characters, adds a Star Power to each character, and throws in two new game modes and a new hero for good measure.

    The fourth update removes the Coin Booster, adds event tickets to the store, and makes a few balance tweaks and bug fixes.

  • Star Wars: Rivals

    Star Wars: Rivals logo

    Developer: Disney
    Where: Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 15 June 2017
    Updates: (8), last 10 January 2018

    Console gamers have long enjoyed third-person shooters set in the Star Wars universe thanks to the Battlefront series, but now mobile is getting in on the action with Star Wars: Rivals.

    The game promises cover-based shooting - presumably meaning there will be no direct movement involved - across the entire Star Wars universe with well-known locations and characters.

    So one minute you'll be choking people as Darth Vader on the Death Star, before jumping into Poe Dameron's shoes to blast bad guys with a laser gun.

    There's real-time PvP if you want to take the fight online, and you'll be able to collect and upgrade all your favourite characters to really show off how much of a Star Wars fanboy you are.

    The third update adds a raft of new characters, guilds to join and play with, a rotating list of PvP Arenas throughout the day, and a number of balance changes and bug fixes.

    The sixth update makes matches much shorter by rebalancing Heroes to be much stronger, lowering the required number of points to win a match, and upping the number of points gained from each kill.

    The seventh update removes Bacta, allowing users to play as whichever character they like for as long as they want. Heroes are now earned in crates from the Arena League. A number of other balance changes have been made, and Daily Rivals and Tasks have been removed.

    The eighth update massively reduces the number of Data Tapes required to unlock new characters, decreases the required number of medals for each of the Leagues, and adds two new Leagues for top-tier players.

  • Rocky Horror: Touch Me

    Rocky Horror: Touch Me logo

    Developer: Rocket Lolly Games
    Where: Denmark, Ireland, Sweden
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 7 June 2017
    Updates: (5), last 10 November 2017

    If you're a Rocky Horror fan and have often wondered what it would be like to star in your own version of the stage musical, then Rocket Lolly have made your dreams come true with Rocky Horror: Touch Me.

    With just a swipe to the left (sorry), you can dance along to classic Rocky Horror tunes as your favourite characters, scoring points and looking good as you do so.

    Perform well and you'll unlock new body parts to equip, stage sets and props to dance with, and new songs to play along to.

    You can also create your own dances, which will then be played and reviewed by other players, earning you a "fame factor" is people enjoy your creations.

    The first update adds Facecam recording to shared dances using Everyplay, as well as fixing some bugs.

    The second update makes a raft of upgrades and bug fixes, including dropping the initial large file download, and making the tutorial much better.

    The fourth update improves the UI to make actions clearer, and to make the game easier to play on smaller screens.

    The fifth update replaces the random dances on the main menu with a bunch of pre-set dances, and fixes a number of bugs.

  • LEGO Quest & Collect

    LEGO Quest & Collect logo

    Developer: Nexon
    Where: Philippines, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 7 June 2017
    Updates: (15), last 13 February 2018

    Keen Soft Launch fans may remember LEGO Quest & Collect being on the list some time last year while it was available in closed beta testing, but now Nexon is beginning a true soft launch ahead of its full release.

    The game sees you building up a squad of Minfigs and taking them into battle against evildoers, using the spoils of your battles to customise and upgrade your characters as you see fit.

    There's hundreds of heroes to collect covering all kinds of LEGO brands, including Ninjago, Lego City, Lego Pirates, and more.

    And if you really want to show off your collection, you can enter PvP battles online and enter the Daily Dungeons to grind out even better bricks for your collection.

  • Farm Adventure

    Farm Adventure logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Philippines, Chillie, Peru
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 30 May 2017
    Updates: (10), last 28 March 2018

    Not content with just one Farm Heroes game, King is back with another trip to the countryside in Farm Adventure (or Farm Heroes 2, according to its package name).

    As one might expect, it's a match-3 title - you'll need to swipe columns and rows of fruits and veg together to score points, clear the board, and complete objectives.

    You can also customise your farm as you go to add your own personality to proceedings, as well as hang out with a range of cute animals who will all be your friend.

    And to carry on a recent King trend, the game will have "glossy 3D graphics" to appeal to the high-quality visuals crowd.

  • Quantum Siege

    Quantum Siege logo

    Developer: Armada Interactive
    Where: Philippines, Malaysia, Canada, Qatar, Australia, Romania, Singapore, Ireland, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Iceland
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 29 May 2017
    Updates: (14), last 5 April 2017

    After a year or so of quietly working away on its first game, Armada Interactive has now soft-launched its core strategy game Quantum Siege.

    The game has you cleansing Quantum Gates by sending in an army of units to attack any enemies in your path and destroy the turrets that guard the Gate.

    You have a range of different units at your disposal, each suited for attacking different targets, and you'll need to be careful about what you deploy and when to make sure you get the job done.

    On top of this, you have a full 360-degree view of the battlefield, and enemies can come out from anywhere, so you'll have to keep your wits about you if you want to succeed.

    The first update adds a new Daily Story Mission from each House, the ability to inspect units, a ten-second warning for when enemy units are arriving in Versus mode, and improved visuals on old devices.

    The second update overhauls the UI, adds three new Daily Story events and another campaign level, shows cooldown times on cards, and makes some other smaller improvements and bug fixes.

    The twelfth update dramatically overhauls the game's visuals, allows free use of units between Houses, removes restrictions on Keys, and allows for instant deployment of units.

    The thirteenth update announced the cancellation of the game due to expectations not being met. Quantum Siege will remain playable until April 30th.  

  • Rocksmith

    Rocksmith logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 16 May 2017
    Updates: (15), last 3 April 2018

    Rocksmith is a pretty good piece of kit and found its original home on PC and console, but now Ubisoft is giving it a new lease of life with a mobile release, also called Rocksmith.

    Using a guitar jack adaptor musicians use to record their guitar on an iPad, Rocksmith allows guitarists and bassists to play along with songs, learning them on an actual instrument at their own pace.

    You can repeat a section at different speeds and as many times as you like, and you can watch and interact with video tutorials to teach you particular parts of guitar playing.

    And since it's on mobile, it's free-to-start - you get four songs with the download, and you can add more to your catalogue by purchasing new tracks.

    The tenth update makes the game available to play on iPhone and iPod, and offers up a free song to download.

    The fourteenth update integrates Facebook, so players no longer need to create a new account to play the game, as well as improving the UI for songs requiring a capo and allowing more control over difficulty settings.

  • Candy Crush Friends Saga

    Candy Crush Friends Saga logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Mexico, Philippines, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Chile
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 2 May 2017
    Updates: (17), last 27 February 2018

    If you didn't think there was anywhere left for the Candy Crush franchise left to go, surprise! It's back with a new lick of paint under the name Candy Crush Friends Saga.

    The twist here is that a bunch of characters from the previous games are in trouble, and it's up to you to go and help them with your match-3 puzzle skills.

    The game's been given a 3D overhaul to boost its graphical quality, and includes four different game modes to tackle as you progress through the levels.

    It also boasts more than 70 levels to test your brain, though this will likely increase over time with further updates.

  • League of Dragons

    League of Dragons logo

    Developer: Social Point
    Where: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 31 March 2017
    Updates: (14), last 14 December 2017

    Social Point absolutely loves dragons, so much so that it's decided to put them into a MOBA-esque game called League of Dragons.

    You'll be collecting dragons, spells, and defenses in the form of cards, building decks, and levelling them up to be the best they can.

    Then you'll enter PvP matches, sending your units down one of four lanes to duke it out with enemies and eventually destroy the enemy base.

    Aside from all that, you'll also need to maintain your own kingdom and castle, and build up the surrounding area to earn coins for levelling up your cards.

    The tenth update adds the option to store multiple decks and even copy the decks of your friends and foes, as well as engage in friendly battles.

  • Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak

    Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Brazil
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 29 March 2017
    Updates: (7), last 14 December 2017

    It was only a matter of time before the Clash Royale imitators started rushing out of the floodgates, but Ubisoft's attempt with Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak looks very interesting indeed.

    Instead of just sending your troops down lanes against your opponent, you'll be both micromanaging your units and providing covering fire through your high-power sniper rifle.

    You'll also be unlocking new weapons and gear to kit out yourself and your team to make sure you have the advantage over your enemy.

    There's scope here for it to become an eSport too, with Ubisoft promising an "endless tournament" structure for top players to continually duke it out for the number one spot.

    The second update adds two new maps to play around in, overhauls the stats on squadmates, improves the auto-deploy feature, and makes challenges easier.

    The third update adds clans, four new units, a new gun, new gun perks and gear cards, French and Spanish language support, and makes some smaller changes to gameplay.

    The fifth update adds a new Clan crate that the whole clan can work towards opening, along with two new units and some new gear.

  • Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians

    Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Australia, Canada, Philippines, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 17 March 2017
    Updates: (33), last 6 March 2018

    Falling back on another of its franchises, Ubisoft is now working on a squad-battler with the Might & Magic brand, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians.

    The game sees you amassing a squad of up to five heroes and creatures and sending them into battle against wave after wave of monsters.

    You can level up and kit out your heroes as you see fit, and you'll need to make use of elemental advantages and huge spells to come out on top.

    Or if you'd rather just sit back and reap the rewards, you can whack the game on to 2x speed, press Auto, and hope for the best.

    The first update adds new regions, a new Angel creature, new evolutions, polishes up the graphics and UI, and fixes some bugs.

  • Spellsouls: Duel of Legends

    Spellsouls: Duel of Legends logo

    Developer: Nordeus
    Where: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 10 January 2017
    Updates: (17), last 26 March 2018

    Going from football game to fantasy CCG/MOBA is about as big a leap as a developer can do, so we're extra-interested in Spellsouls: Duel of Legends from Top Eleven developer Nordeus.

    You'll be collecting cards and building decks with the most powerful creatures you can get your hands on, before sending them out into battle in 3-minute online PvP matches to prove your skills.

    There's leaderboards to climb as you show your stuff, and it's being designed with AAA graphics in mind, so you'll look good while you're destroying your enemies.

    The first update adds in push notifications and fixes some bugs that affected player login.

    The fourth update increases the level cap to 20, introduces 9 new spells, makes a number of balances changes, makes it so that keys replenish on level up, and adds a subscription option for the "dedicated community members".

    The fifth update rejigs the rewards system so that XP is earned instantly, "losing" chests are no longer awarded, keys are replaced with a timer, and the timer is halved for VIP subscribers.

    The eighth update adds the ability to directly challenge friends, adds a battle history and replay options, and fixes some bugs.

    The ninth update adds a Community tab within the game's menus, allowing players to check out all the latest updates and news about the game, and learn new tips without having to leave the app.

    The tenth update adds the game's first new Spellcaster and teases a heap of new characters to be added in the coming months, as well as making some metagame and balance changes to accomodate new heroes, and a new environment for each Spellcaster in keeping with their style and lore.

    The twelth update adds Daily Quests to complete and earn rewards, improves the UI and tutorial, and makes a number of other smaller changes.

    The thirteenth update adds Guilds, a new hero, sneak peeks at the upcoming heroes, a teaser for an upcoming competition, and a new battleground.

    The fourteenth update steers Spellsouls away from its Spellcaster characters and more towards deck-building, with minions and spells now summoned through cards.

    The fifteenth update adds 14 new cards to play with across two new arenas, and revamps cards to now have a distinct Class, as well as providing two upgrades for each card. The game has also been translated into Traditional Chinese.

  • Temple Run: Treasure Hunters

    Temple Run: Treasure Hunters logo

    Developer: Scopely
    Where: Australia, Philippines
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 30 November 2016
    Updates: (10), last 30 October 2017

    Treasure and match-3 seem to go hand-in-hand, since they both usually involve gems, so maybe Temple Run: Treasure Hunters (formerly Treasure Hunters!) isn't such a wild idea after all.

    You'll be solcing puzzles through match-3 mechanics as your character delves deep into over 100 levels of tomb-raiding looking for the titular treasure.

    You can also customise your character as you see fit, and the game promises hidden paths, a variety of game modes, and plenty of other distractions to keep you entertained.

    The third update increases the number of levels to over 200, and adds new boosters to help with trickier levels.

  • Big Bang Legends

    Big Bang Legends logo

    Developer: Lightneer
    Where: Australia, Cambodia, Finland, Hong Kong, Sweden
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 28 November 2016
    Updates: (19), last 15 February 2018

    The first game from educational game developer Lightneer, Big Bang Legends is all about destroying antimatter using a variety of different Atoms.

    You'll amass a team from elements like Helium and Neon before heading out into colourful levels to blow up antimatter creatures using your particle shooter in physics-based pinball-esque gameplay.

    There's also a number of different quests to take part in, and all sorts of physics-related objects to interact with that might teach you a thing or two about the universe and how it all works.

    The fourth update adds new characters, ups the levels of pink in levels, adds 20 new levels to play, and adds ice to some levels to make your atoms slip around.

    The fifth update adds a new monthly subscription fee that replaces ads with educational videos for $0.99 a month, as well as some more Atom Heroes and antimatter battles.


  • Monopoly Towns

    Monopoly Towns logo

    Developer: Backflip Studios
    Where: Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 8 August 2016
    Updates: (10), last 10 August 2017

    If you enjoy the town-building aspect of Monopoly but hate the whole board game aspect of it, Backflip Studios has got your back with Monopoly Towns.

    There's not a die in sight, just a big town to grow and build, with all your favourite Monopoly staples to plonk down and generate cash from.

    You can also trade items with friends to help build your town up faster, and there's daily rewards to help you out if you keep a regular eye on your town.

    The fourth update adds social aspects that allow you to send friends resources to build up their towns, new Daily Rewards, and a number of bug fixes.

    The fifth update optimises the app so that it can be downloaded without WiFi, as well as adding a new home improvement upgrade system and squashing some bugs.

    The sixth update boosts the economic rewards of a number of locations, adds an improved tutorial, and makes a few bug fixes.

  • Fightlings

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    Developer: Thoughtfish
    Where: Germany, Netherlands
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 29 September 2016
    Updates: (15), last 16 February 2018

    A cutesy, cartoony card-game, Fightlings is a location-based battler that has you amassing a clan of monsters and fighting them against other creatures to show their supremacy.

    You have to collect soul fragments in the real-world to summon new creatures, and these appear dependent on where, at what time, and what the weather is like.

    Then you'll train your clan and take them into card-based battles, both against the computer and other players online.

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Chemseddine Henni Lead Community & Support Manager at Ooblada
This new Multiplayer Match-3/RPG is in Softlaunch (Canada & Philippines):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ooblada.poseidon&hl=en_GB

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/neolympia-heroes/id1141905051?l=fr&mt=8

I'm their Community Manager :) We'd all love to see our baby App visible on your prestigious outlet, and would be very grateful for the opportunity!
Cody Benner
New Uno Game from Mattel163 Limited (Mattel and NetEase)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.matteljv.uno
Qian Peng
I found a interesting game from Halfbrcik called Raskulls:Onlin

Beta site :https://raskullsonline.com/beta/
ashar hasan marketing assistant at Real Media Now Ltd
A really informative article, thanks for this.

Real Media Now Ltd
Léo Lesêtre Game Designer
The last installment in the Asphalt series by Gameloft, Asphalt 9: Legends, went live in the Philippines a few hours ago, seems promising. It may be worth checking on.
Rael Hodgson
thanks for the heads up
Rael Hodgson
found 2 VPNs that have philippenes server, vyprvpn and expressvpn - vypr gave me server error but express let me play. It looks very nice on ipad pro 2
jon jordan
Gameloft seem to IP lock most of their games
Rael Hodgson
its IP locked too
Rael Hodgson
Lego Quest and collect is closing in feb
Manuel Antonio Sanchez Villalba
Popcorn Time Quiz is on iOS in Spain and Mexico. And full launched in Android. https://ec44m.app.goo.gl/PopcornTime
Kirill Keremzhanov
Candy Crush Friends is available on iOS in Chile
Kirill Keremzhanov
king moved ios version to belgium store
Kirill Keremzhanov
Does anyone managed to launch Sky: Light Awaits without Philippines proxy?
Ross Jones Co-Founder at Fat Cigar Productions Ltd
We'll also be releasing Street Kart (multiplayer, real time AAA racing game) into soft launch very soon.
Rael Hodgson
which country please?
Bruno Fehr
Football Empire
Digamore
Live in PH and SE
Rigoberto Tovar Ramos
Legends to the top 1 ❤️
Simon Frayberg
I think Marvel Strike Force is worth a mention.
https://marvelstrikeforce.com/
Kirill Keremzhanov
King's Stellar: Galaxy Commander seems to be canned, it disappeared both from appstore and google play.

Armello from League of Geeks is soft-launched on iOS in New Zealand and Australia
Aaron Knowles
Can we actually play shadow fight 3 yet or is it still region locked
Denys Moisin Director at JOX Development LLC
Orbia is soft launched on iOS (in Canada and Ukraine) and Android open beta.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is soft launched on iOS and Android in Australia.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Seriously soft launched Best Fiends Rivals on IOS in Finland on October 25th
Wayne Bruce CTO at Zwing Games
Zwing Games has soft launched "Keno Prime" on iOS and Android in Canada, Australia and India. Just search Keno Prime on respective your phone's app store app.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Hutch Games soft launched MMX Hill Dash 2 on Android in New Zealand on October 12th.
Paul Kohler
Legends of Solgard has finally soft launched on ios as of October 5, 2017 in the Phillipines! I have been checking many stores almost daily for this one! Loved Might and Magic Clash of Heroes and played the campaign at least twice, and the multiplayer vs battles for years. Could not believe someone hadn't successfully copied or re-invented this formula because its really fun. Here's hoping Legend of Solgard is just as addictive!
Paul Kohler
Solgard is sooooo disappointing. It's sad because the images look soo much like Might and Magic Clash of Heroes...and the battle mechanics are basically similar, but that's about where that charm stops.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Capcom Soft launched Puzzle Fighter on Android and IOS in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore on September 27th

Wartide: Heroes or Atlantis once again soft launched on Android and IOS in Singapore and Philippines on August 23rd this time by Kongregate.
Nick Meißner
Ric Cowley, if you would read the comments you could add much more new games to the list.
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Hi Nick, we're trying to keep this list as the 'top games in soft launch' and limit the number to roughly 50 (give or take a few companies), which is why some games don't get added. If we feel they are particularly significant, we'll add them. We do of course read the comments to see what the community has spotted, so thank you for your support.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Kiloo soft launched Dragons and Diamonds on July 12th and soft launched Tank Heads - Online PvP Arena Battles on March 26th.
Raziel Dungeon Arena
I'd like to add our game if possible. I saw it on pocketgamer -- but not here on pocketgamer.biz

Raziel: Dungeon Arena
Developer: Indra (Guangzhou Di Shi Tian Software)
Where: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore
Platforms: iOS (Android coming soon)
Live since: 02 August 2017
Last update: 09 September 2017 (Ver 1.3)
Nick Meißner
reading comments is hard :D
Jordan Shumate
I am currently seeing a match 3 game by Jam City in soft launch on the Philippines Appstore and Google Play called Safari Smash. I pulled most of the following info from the app's listing in the Appstore.

Game Title : Safari Smash
Developer : Jam City, Inc.
Where : Philippines
Platforms : Android, iOS
Live Since : 10 March 2017
Updates : (12) last 30 August 2017
Nick Meißner
Taichi panda 3 softlaunched in NZ and AU
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
King removed Stellar: Galaxy Commander from both IOS and Android.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
At the moment the servers on the game seems to still be running.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Homescapes is now soft launched on Android
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Netmarble soft launched Phatomgate on IOS and Android in Australia on August 8th. Nekki soft launched Shadow Fight 3 beta in Canada on July 18th but for those who got in invite.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
PikPok soft launched Into The Dead 2 on IOS in Australia
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
It's also available on the appstore in Singapore, Philippines, New Zealand
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Now soft launched on Android
Gray Duce
Clicking the link to view the list doesn't work. It just reloads the same page. Just thought you'd like to know.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
It's fixed
Vadim Smirnov
Here we go!
Track upcoming events in Brawl Stars Game and you profile progress in Brawl Stars Companion application:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/companion-for-brawl-stars/id1260329107?l=ru&ls=1&mt=8
Kirill Keremzhanov
Candy Crush Friends Saga seems to be no longer present on Philippines app store
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Candy Crush Friends Saga is available again.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Looks like Candy Crush Friend Saga has been canned.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
On July 27th, King soft launched another game on Android called Brick Wizard it's a mixture of the Breakout clone from 1976 and Monster Strike.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
I was wrong it is nothing like Monster Strike.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Kongregate soft launched adVenture Communist on Android.
Min Zhang
South park has a f2p...I wonder if they reference their f2p episode
Thomas Streetman Community Relations Manager at Smilegate
Great list you have here. Very useful!

I would like to add a game to the list if possible,

WarReign
Developer: Smilegate Megaport / Red Sahara Studio
Where: Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Nigeria
Platforms: Android / iOS
Live since: 20 June 2017
Last update: 13 July 2017

Thanks!
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Glyph Quest Chronicles and WWE Tap has been released World Wide.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Gameloft has soft launched yet another game called Dead Rivals on IOS and Android
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassin's Creed: Rebellion, Candy Crush Friends Saga Angry Birds Match, Mighty Battles, Snipers vs Thieves, Toon Blast, War Planet Online: Global Conquest, Lineage 2 Revolution and Modern Combat Versus is all on Android. Snoopy Pop has been released worldwide. And Warner Bros has soft launch Game of Thrones: Conquest (Unreleased) Android and IOS.
Nicholas Skelton
Got another question.
Normally when games get released but only in a certain region ie during soft launch/beta etc, the APK is normally available for that game so people outside that region can play it.
However game of thrones: conquest has been released in phillipines but nowhere has the APK for it, justly wandering why there is no APK for game of thrones: conquest atm?
I'm not an expert when it comes to this kind of stuff so there might be a simple reason why.
If you could let me know that would be great.

Cheers
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Apkmirror has the newest version of the apk
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
I found a APK of the game a few weeks ago and I downloaded it but once I did it keep telling me to download the update but I could not for the life of me find out where the updated APK is. And the reason there isn't any APKs for Game of Thrones Conquest it depends on where the game has soft launched how many people knows about the game. A lot of people use VPN to download the game from the Google Play or something but sometimes VPN doesn't work for it. So it depends. Hopefully one will be released soon. I'm not a genius with these things either that's a out all I am able to tell you about that.
Nicholas Skelton
Hi
I've been following game of thrones: conquest since it was announced back in 2015.
It was soft launched in the Philippines around the 28th June but there is very little info or timeline about when it's going to be fully launched etc.
I don't suppose anyone has any rough idea, heard anything or from your past experiences of soft launches of other games be able to tell me a rough time when u think it will be released globally?
Will it be weeks or months?

Any help would be great

Thanks :)
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
All I can tell you at the moment is will most definitely be out by the end of 2017. Like you said it's been in development since 2015 so it shouldn't be much longer
Wild Boar
Thanks for keeping this list going! I check it frequently, much appreciated!
Pavel Tokarev BizDev at Stanga Games
Underworld Football Manager

Developer: Stanga Games
Where: UK, Germany, France,..
Platforms: iOS, GP
Live since: 2015
Updates: last 6 June 2017

Never ever mentioned on PocketGamer ;-)
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Watch this space... ;)
Damian Żer
and snipers vs thieves is not available in the UK so why is UK on the list?
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
UK Early Access on Android!
Damian Żer
oh, thanks!
Damian Żer
injustice 2 is also available in the UK
Damian Żer
asphalt streetstorm racing is also avaible in Ukraine
Nick Meißner
not even 1 new game updated into the list xD do you even read comments?
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Hi Nick, we of course keep track of the comments and try to update this on a weekly basis. We'll be updating again in a week's time so keep a look out, though we're trying to keep the list at around 50 entries at the moment. Thanks for your suggestions and support!
Wild Boar
Also, MonstroCity had been released worldwide
Nick Meißner
Modern combat VS is region locked right now on philipines you need a vpn to play it
Nick Meißner
Crusaders of light is soft launched today its an mmo like Order and Chaos from gameloft preregister for offical launch here https://crusadersoflight.com/

Regions=Australia,New Zealand,Malaysia and Phlipines NA comes later
John Constantine Fhj at Jfh
Why there is no Injustice 2 in the list? It's out for 1.5 months already, so questions arise about page's relevance.
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Good spot! It can be tricky keeping an eye on fourty-odd games while trying to find other ones to add in too when it's just me handling the page, so I appreciate the help :)
X
Any RPGs similar to Summoners War or Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes in soft launch/beta testing?
Jean-Baptiste Raynaud
That Might & Magic one looks like a good fit for you dude :)
Ric Moore
Dragon's watch
X
cant find the might and magic APK anywhere. do you have any ideas?
Ned Phil Smith
Do you play Summoners War? I know a game that is coming out in May that I think will actually be better than Summoners War and take over the Mobile RPG community.
Ned Phil Smith
onmyoji
X
Ned whats the game?
Noyon Das Jimmy
Dear sir I am was so upset because I was big frnd of glu.but 1 year past why glu don't lunch deer hunter 2018 or dino hunter 2.I don't know but I am waiting for those game.My dream is play this game.I have WiFi now but glu not lunched any hunting in middle of 2016-17.dear sir plz lunched those hunting game.I request u sir.plz
Raphael Alexander
N.O.V.A Legacy is in soft launch somewhere and it's just as bad as I thought it would be.
Nick Meißner
cant see the list anymore ;/
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Seemed to be a weird glitch on the site, should be fixed now!
Nick Meißner
thx
Clive Bennett All of the above
TAP SUMMONER - 'WINNER of the 'Best In Show Audience Choice' award - Casual Connect Asia 2016 - Soft Launching this week
Magnus S CEO at Triolith Entertainment
World Hockey Manager is in soft launch in the Czech Republic.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
TitanFall: Frontier has been cancelled
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
I mean Frontline
Nick Meißner
Gangster 5 Is in softlaunch
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Lego Quest, Angry Birds Evolution, Fightlings, Legacy of Zeus and Rabbit Crazy Rush are all soft Launched on android, and Pet Monsters has been cancelled.
Nick Meißner
new list?
X
Agree this needs to be updated...
Nick Meißner
Same games in soft launch forever? i bet there are many other games in softlaunch
Aaron Knowles
So is hero by king..been dead since June.
Samantha Aber
Soulz: Majesty, a new strategic battle RPG game is currently in beta testing on Google Play! (http://bit.ly/Soulz)
Paul Anthony
Can you guys do a better job of updating this please. Dragon Stadium is dead for gods sake.
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Just me running the show! Android version is still listed on App Annie as being available and some games have come back from update gaps this long, so I left it in the list in case it made a miraculous recovery.
Ned Phil Smith
Make sure you look into the English Release of Onmyoji
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Angry birds Blast and The Trail are both soft launched on Android I don't know exactly where though and Angry Birds Goal! Is now called Angry Birds Football!
Filipe Rodrigues
Yesterday that game Wilbur from King was renamed to Bubble Witch 3 (in soft launch yet)
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Called it! Thanks for the heads up :)
Wild Boar
Warlords is now in iOS soft-launch in the Phillipines!!
And yes, it's awesome
X
THanks great tip!
Bruno Sousa
Goodgame Studios is based in Germany not United Kingdom!
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
The "Where" is where the game is soft-launched, not where the develop is based :)
Clive Bennett All of the above
Rising Warriors is also on soft launch at the moment (June 2016) , a clan battle strategy game https://itunes.apple.com/CA/app/id1088263864
Nick Meißner
No new games since 1 month
Alin Sofian
Is Survivor Squad removed from the App Store? I see it's not anymore appearing on the list.. :(
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Yes, unfortunately. I haven't seen anything to say it's been cancelled, however, but after so long in development it wouldn't be surprising.
X
Anyone see Warlods up on the Sweden or Australia App store?
Wild Boar
It's really annoying that you don't include the platform for these games.
Minitropolis and Warlords, for example, are Android only right now.

I found that out at ter searching 5 different app stores, scouring Facebook pages, and writing the developers.
You could just include the info in the header.

jon jordan
Good point. We'll see what we can do
Wild Boar
Awesome, thank you!
I check this page religiously, really appreciate the work you put into it.
Frankie Grey
Wow cool, how do you discover all these soft launch?
jon jordan
Ric's an app store detective
Nicolas Godement-Berline
Thanks so much for the feature!! Check out Dungeon Monsters if you like old school dungeon crawlers, and any feedback is welcome :)
Boyana Nikolova VP, Business Development at Halfbrick Studios
Thank you so much Chris and team!
The feature of Star Skater means a lot, we really appreciate it!
We are so excited about this one and we'll keep you updated as it progresses towards global launch. Catch up soon! :)
Adrian Rusu Marketing Executive at Amused Sloth
Thank you for featuring Asgard Run, we're honored to be in such company. Check the game out and let us know what you think about it.
Robin Squire Marketing Director at PlayRaven
Thanks for the mention! In addition to soft launching in the territories you listed, we're also really keen to hear feedback from players on all our titles, and will often send out beta invites via submission on playraven.com/beta as well as from our game sites. Also... Next release is Winterstate, more on that soon :)
Jesse America
It's also available in the Dutch Appstore.
Studs Terkleton PM
Just wanted to say that I love these updates!
The Ember Conflict
Thanks for the shout-out Chris!
Just wanted to let everyone know, we've just updated our Soft Launch build to 2.0.3.

We've added loads of new features, including Shareable Replays, Chat & Friends, Leaderboards and more.

Check it out and let us know what you think!
itunes.apple.com/app/id847340288

Cheers!
KỉNiệm CómấyKhivui
Good
محمد العراقي
With an affinity for eccentricity, as well as anything macabre or just plain weird, Chris searches for the games that fly under the radar. If you ask him, anything can be a game. Oh, and a game can be about anything, if you put enough thought into it. So, there.
Atypical BigMakk
This is what these days people dare to call a "good line-up" of upcoming "great" "games" ?
They all look the same, same graphics style, same boring combat system and yeah, nice f2p monetization.

I ask you this: what is new in term of gameplay that they bring to the table, that makes them worthy of our attention ?

And the answer lies in the pictures and gameplay videos. That is: NOTHING.

We are living the days of easy money grabs. Pick a successful title, now play it, see what mechanics drive it.
Ask your dev team or friends if you can make a clone of it fast.
Then pick an epic title, color it cute (maybe even add a new mechanic or change one mechanic that you didn't like in the original) and sell it as something new.

PS: Don't forget to invest massively in user acquisition inorder to boost it to the top and boast after about download numbers.
Adam Khan Manager, Business Intelligence at Activision Blizzard
Let us know when you launch your groundbreaking game that is going to show the industry everything it is doing wrong.
Roope Rainisto Founder at Selfhug Studios
I feel your pain. As a dev I feel the pain: I just launched Number Chef http://www.numberchef.com/ - it's totally new gameplay, not a clone of any game - but then again, no fancy graphics, big budgets or big f2p monetization. Try telling that story to the world. :/ (Well, but I am trying.)
jon jordan
hello Atypical.

Surely if it was that simple, every game would be a massive success, which clearly is not the case.

"We are living the days of easy money grabs". I disagree. Maybe in 2010/2011 you could do this on the App Store. Now you have to invest millions and know exactly what you are doing to have any chance of success.

Currently, there is a certain way of F2P monetisation, but you could say exactly the same thing about the gameplay of console shooters.
Simone Alpha
So what if people want to make money? The true sin of what you mention is the lazy design, lack of innovation and overall mass cloning. F2p monetization itself isn't bad. People need money. This should drive innovation, but Alas, as you say, it doesn't. I'm making a game with a very creative core mechanic (action, not bullshit turn based), an intuitive UI and nice user flows/UX, but WITH RPG elements. Why? to make money. It's not a sin. It will help me further innovate. This should be the state of the market.
Valentina Ciolino Senior Account Manager at Dimoso
What about Earthcore Shattered Elements? It's available in Canada and will launch in Q1.
Earthcoregame.com
Abhay Arya
The Game 'Ultimate Zombie Fighting' is also in Soft Launch on google play in Canada, Italy and Mexico. Will launch next month. Let me know what you guys think of it.
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