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48 top games in soft launch: From Angry Birds Legends and Crash Bandicoot: On the Run to Hay Day Pop and The Witcher: Monster Slayer

48 top games in soft launch: From Angry Birds Legends and Crash Bandicoot: On the Run to Hay Day Pop and The Witcher: Monster Slayer

Soft launch reporting by Matthew Forde and Ric Cowley.

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

An important part of the 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, along with that, 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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  • New Star Baseball

    New Star Baseball logo

    Developer: New Star Games
    Where: Australia and New Zealand
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: October 15th, 2020
    Updates: N/A

    British developer New Star Games has soft-launched New Star Baseball, the latest instalment of its BAFTA award-winning New Star series.

    New Star Baseball follows the career of your own baseball player as you make your way up the ranks, after being plucked out of high-school by scouts. The game incorporates a mix of action, lifestyle, strategy and RPG.

    "Enjoying the career of a star player, controlling their destiny, and riding all the highs and lows that go with that are what ‘New Star’ games are all about," said New Star Games founder Simon Read,

    "Now Baseball fans get to experience our unique spin on the sports genre, and I am really excited to see the response."


  • Illusion Connect

    Illusion Connect logo

    Developer: Perfect World
    Where: Australia and the Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: September 27th, 2020
    Updates: N/A

    Illusion Connect is a real-time strategy game from Chinese developer Perfect World, that surrounds the growth of Radiants, female heroines that star as the player's fighters.

    With more than 50 Radiants available, players can create their own personalised lineup to take on the enemy Nightmares. Learn the backgrounds, personalities, experiences, and hobbies of each and every one of your Radiants. All of which have been fully designed in live 2-D and with a variety of styles.

    Next to this, players can create and design homes for Radiants to rest outside of battle. Illusion Connect is due to launch globally on October 22nd, 2020.

  • Might & Magic: Dynasty

    Might & Magic: Dynasty logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, The Philippines and Canada
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: September 21st, 2020
    Updates: N/A

    Might & Magic: Dynasty is a strategy war game with multiplayer RPG and real-time battle features. Players are tasked with becoming a powerful lord on Ashan, a gorgeous fantasy world waiting to be explored and conquered.

    Choose from Haven, Dungeon and Stronghold according to their own preferences and experience. Explore the world, rule your city, recruit legendary heroes, train your army of magical creatures, form a strong alliance with other lords, and join real-time battles to expand your territory.

    There are 21 unique creatures based on faction features with each featuring unique abilities. The game looks to bring back many of the legendary heroes from Might and Magic via attributes, spells, and traits.


  • Beatstar

    Beatstar logo

    Developer: Space Ape Games
    Where: Australia and the Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: September 14th, 2020
    Updates: (3) October 8th, 2020

    Supercell subsidiary Space Ape Games has soft-launched Beatstar, a new music rhythm title.

    The game will feature various artists (not yet divulged) as players must follow the rhythm before tapping and swiping to instruments, vocals or the bear to master the song. Users can share music scores with friends as well as challenge one another as they climb on the leaderboard.

    "Imagine the best Coachella lineup ever: That’s Beatstar. hundreds of the best artists today have collaborated to make the ultimate playlist," reads the App description.

    The second update improved upon the tutorial experience.

  • NFL Clash

    NFL Clash logo

    Developer: Nifty Games
    Where: Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Germany and the UK
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: August 14th, 2020
    Updates: (5) October 2nd, 2020

    Nifty Games has soft-launched real-time multiplayer US football title NFL Clash, designed for quick and easy play.

    Nifty Games and the NFL's partnerships mean that all official teams from the NFL appear in-game, with over 100 NFL players posters available to collect. Users can acquire new players and collect trophies with every victory.

    After initially soft-launching in Mexico and Brazil, NFL Clash has made its way to Australia, Germany, and the UK.


  • Om Nom: Idle Candy Factory

    Om Nom: Idle Candy Factory logo

    Developer: ZeptoLab
    Where: US
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: September 2nd, 2020
    Updates: N/A

    ZeptoLab returns with its newest title Om Nom: Idle Candy Factory, which stars the studio's green mascot in a new sweet puzzler.

    Players must help Om Nom manage a Candy Factory in his pursuit to become the "sweetest creature on Earth". Candies will be dropped into a bottle with the help of the Nommies, before falling from the bottle straight to Om Nom's mouth and shaking when candies get stuck.

    When there are too many candies, you can use Om Nom's power to drop all of them. Candies can be upgraded for more "sweetness" with lots to discover. Om Nom will keep eating while the app is closed.

  • The Witcher: Monster Slayer

    The Witcher: Monster Slayer  logo

    Developer: Spokko (CD Projekt)
    Where: New Zealand
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: August 31st, 2020
    Updates: (4) October 12th, 2020

    CD Projekt-owned developer Spokko has soft-launched an AR location-based title set in the dark fantasy world of The Witcher.

    Taking place long before the time of Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher: Monster Slayer features foul creatures that roam the vast lands of the Continent, leaving it down to monster hunters to track them down.

    The RPG-inspired combat will see players fight life-size monsters in first-person while traversing familiar locations now infested with dangerous beasts. Alongside this, users can train their character, brew potions and oils, craft bombs, and select the appropriate equipment for the battles ahead.

    The third update added a whole host of improvements, such as several ways that will no longer result in the game creasing, better map synchronisation when running in the background, invisible map issues on iPhone 6s, XR and SE, and better combat balancing.

     


  • Otherworld Heroes

    Otherworld Heroes logo

    Developer: Bublar Group
    Where: Sweden, Poland and Indonesia
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: August 12th, 2020
    Updates: (4) October 16th, 2020

    Bublar Game Studios has soft-launched what it calls the first-ever location-based MMORPG with Otherworld Heroes.

    Players work individually or together to solve missions, fight enemies, and gather resources to advance through the game's different dimensions. The game is free-to-play and requires a GPS connection to enable the map-based gameplay.

    The soft launch is taking place via different phases on the iOS and Android platforms with a focus on testing, evaluating, and improving technology, gaming experience, and monetization for commercial launch.

    The second update added a new Daily Login UI and mini-tutorials, and re-vamped various parts of the game's UI.

    The fourth update added a number of new mini-tutorials as well as a host of fixes, including map loading, stats calculations, animations, and more.


  • Farmscapes

    Farmscapes logo

    Developer: Playrix
    Where: Canada, Australia and the UK
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: August 11th, 2020
    Updates: (7) September 8th, 2020

    Playrix returns with its latest match-three puzzle and decorating game Farmscapes.

    Players join Mary in her efforts to turn an abandoned farm into a rustic paradise. Restore the area into a dream village: decorate it with numerous items, grow a garden, and take care of the animals, including the cat Edward.

    Interestingly, Playrix launched a similar mobile title under the same name nearly a decade ago, which is no longer available to download today.


  • Treasure Tails

    Treasure Tails logo

    Developer: Space Ape
    Where: The Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: August 11th, 2020
    Updates: (2) October 7th, 2020

    Space Ape has soft-launched a pinball treasure collecting game under the name of Treasure Tails.

    Collect coins, flying pegs, shields and the chance to attack your friends before utilising the coins to help build a village. Master the pegboard to get buckets of boosts, bonuses, and events to max your winnings.

    The free-to-play title allows users to attack, raid and steal from other players to make even more gold.

    The first update added Facebook integration, a new main menu, and some new artwork and bug fixes.

     

  • Disney Wonderful Worlds

    Disney Wonderful Worlds logo

    Developer: Ludia
    Where: The Philippines and Indonesia
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: July 22nd, 2020
    Updates: (6) September 30th, 2020

    Ludia has teamed up with The Walt Disney Company to produce a new free-to-play match-three game known as Disney Wonderful Worlds.

    Minnie, Mickey and other classic Disney characters will all feature as players solve puzzles, before going on to build their own theme park. Level up and build your park with exclusive decorations, landmarks and characters.

    "The player's park will come to life every day through live events, such as the Main Street Parade or Evening Fireworks Show, and fulfil the dreams of an ever-growing number of guests each with their own personality." Ludia CEO and president Alex Thabet told PocketGamer.biz.

  • Omega Legends

    Omega Legends logo

    Developer: Skyunion Hong Kong
    Where: South America
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: July 25th, 2020
    Updates: (7) September 17th, 2020

    Omega Legends is a sci-fi battle royale shooter set in the near future where the game known as "Ω" has become hugely popular in the world.

    Players select a Hero and make use of their abilities to defeat the competition, either by fighting alone or by teaming up with friends in battles with 100 participants. Heroes playstyles consist of stealth, rush attacks, healing, or defensive, with special moves to one-up opponents.

    A classic Survival mode is available alongside Covert Operation, where users must "outwit and outlast" enemies to rank in first place.

  • Top Draft

    Top Draft logo

    Developer: Champion Games
    Where: United Kingdom
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: June 18th, 2020
    Updates: (1) July 15th, 2020

    Champion Games has soft-launched a new fantasy football game known as Top Draft.

    Make your football team, compete against friends and thousands of users worldwide and win real cash prizes for free. Pick 11 starting players and four substitutes with the available budget before the real football matches start

    Everything in-game is based on the real-life football events from the Premier League, LaLiga and so on, players will get a score. This game does not offer real money gambling or any opportunities to win real money or prizes from gambling activities.

  • The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

    The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War logo

    Developer: NetEase
    Where: Australia and the Philippines
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: July 15th, 2020
    Updates: N/A

    Warner Bros. Interactive has partnered with NetEase Games for a new mobile game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series.

    The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is a mobile strategy title that will be set in the Third Age of Middle-Earth, with iconic characters and locations from the original film trilogy due to feature too. The promotional image shared by WB during the announcement points to the familiar location of the Grand Minas Tirith.

    The first regional beta test is available in Australia and the Philippines on Google Play.


  • Marvel Duel

    Marvel Duel logo

    Developer: NetEase
    Where: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: June 28th, 2020
    Updates: (4) July 29th, 2020

    NetEase's second title utilising the Marvel license arrives in the form of Marvel Duel, a strategy card game.

    A mysterious evil force has altered the most iconic events of Marvel history. To restore the universe, players summon superheroes from across the galaxy to outsmart opponents. They will also experience well-known events such as Civil War, Infinity War, and more, but with unexpected plots and twists.

    Claiming to be one of the largest rosters of Marvel characters in a mobile game ever, more than 150 characters are available for collection and upgrade. Players in these soft-launched territories can pre-register to obtain 10 General Expansion Packs.

  • Catan: World Explorers

    Catan: World Explorers logo

    Developer: Niantic
    Where: New Zealand
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: July 1st, 2020
    Updates: (6) September 29th, 2020

    Niantic has teamed up with Asmodee to create a new multiplayer augmented reality mobile game based on the popular board game Catan.

    Following up to the studio's third release via Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Catan: World Explorers sees the world being transformed into one big game of Catan.

    Niantic previously confirmed to PG.biz that the company is involved in the project, with the game being created on its Real World Platform and will reveal more information in 2020.

    The sixth update soft-launched the game in Singapore, Switzerland, and Australia.

     

  • Crooked Pines

    Crooked Pines logo

    Developer: MyTona
    Where: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK
    Platforms: iOS 
    Live since: April 24th, 2020
    Updates: (9) August 6th, 2020

    MyTona's latest match-three puzzler, Crooked Pines, has players renovating their old family home into a new customised restaurant.

    Working alongside your cousin Ingrid, players must try to save their families mansion from demolition by completing the puzzle challengers. Animations will feature from customers and magical helpers to help with progression.

    By guiding the story, users will be able to restore and unlock new rooms before the "greedy businessmen" find a way to take down the estate.

  • Harry Potter: Magic Awakened

    Harry Potter: Magic Awakened logo

    Developer: NetEase
    Where: China
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: May 29th, 2020
    Updates: N/A

    NetEase and Portkey Games have launched an open beta for Harry Potter: Magic Awakened in China.

    The card-based RPG takes place several years after the second wizarding war and sees the player receive a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts before beginning their journey. The game looks to feature an energy bar system similar to that found in Clash Royale, among other titles.

    No details surrounding a Western release have been detailed at this time, however players in China can sign up to participate.

  • Hardhead Squad: MMO War

    Hardhead Squad: MMO War logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: Finland, Denmark and The Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: June 9th, 2020
    Updates: (7) October 12th, 2020

    Rovio has soft-launched a new MMO action title under the name of Hardhead Squad: MMO War.

    According to the description, players must lead their troops to war and conquer multiple unique territories before recruiting "epic action heroes" and making their way through the Las Island de Verdes.

    Users will seemingly be able to strategise and socialise in real-time with thousands of players all around the world.

  • Puzzle Breakers

    Puzzle Breakers logo

    Developer: Playrix
    Where: The Philippines
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: April 29th, 2020
    Updates: (9) October 7th, 2020

    Playrix has soft-launched a new match-three puzzler where you control heroes and attack enemies on the battlefield under the name of Puzzle Breakers.

    Enemies move through the field and employ devious tactics to defeat you. Strong fighters try to engage you in melee, archers and mages attack from the top of towers and hiding places.
    Players must use heroes and unique abilities to attack and control your enemies or to heal their allies.

    Destroy walls and covers, shoot at explosive barrels and wipe your pesky enemies off the map.

    The first update reworked the first campaign with new enemy mechanics, abilities, a brand new tutorial as well as various bug fixes and smaller improvements.

    The eight update added Clan Wars as a new mode.

  • Dragon Brawlers

    Dragon Brawlers logo

    Developer: I Got Games
    Where: Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia and Botswana
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: May 20th, 2020
    Updates: (10) October 16th, 2020

    Enter the world of dragons and heroes to become the best in Dragon Brawlers, a new three versus three battle royale MOBA game.

    Players train their own Dragon and participate in quick battles that last approximately five minutes. Unlock and train a large number of Dragons, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Befriend or challenge other Dragon Brawlers and compete against players all around the world.

  • Crash Bandicoot: On the Run

    Crash Bandicoot: On the Run logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Malaysia
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: April 23rd, 2020
    Updates: (1) July 9th, 2020

    King has tapped the Crash Bandicoot license from Activision to help bring the marsupial to the mobile platform for the first time.

    Dr Neo Cortex has dispatched mutagen henchmen across the multiverse to enslave all dimensions. With the help of his sister Coco, Crash must bash Cortex's minions back to their own dimensions.

    Players can run, spin and slide against classic enemies and bosses including Mutagen Ant, Scorporilla, Nitrus Brio and Dingodile. Interestingly, the design for Crash has changed during soft launch to a closer resemblance to his recent console counterpart.

    The first update revealed the official name - Crash Bandicoot: On the Run - and opened pre-registration on Android devices.


  • Mad Skills Motocross 3

    Mad Skills Motocross 3 logo

    Developer: Turborilla
    Where: Canada and the Philippines
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: April 17th, 2020
    Updates: (5) September 29th, 2020

    The Mad Skills Motocross series returns with its third iteration now soft-launched on Android.

    The side-scrolling racing game has players competing against one another over different tracks and difficult terrain. By competing and winning races, faster motorcycles are unlocked with a global scoreboard available to see how riders stack up against one another.

    Both single-player and versus mode will be accessible for players in Canada and the Philippines through testing.

    The third update "improved" the garage, store and performance, while adding prizes to events.

  • Globematcher

    Globematcher logo

    Developer: Mars 1982
    Where: Austria, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Singapore, Poland, Netherlands and Brazil
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: April 12th, 2020
    Updates: (9) July 30th, 2020

    Japanese lifestyle brand Tokidoki has teamed with Sanrio's Hello Kitty for a cartoon multiplayer match-three puzzler, known as Globematcher.

    Friends can connect over Facebook or via a unique registration ID to compete against one another. Blast your opponents and build your planets, gain and collect your strawberry coins and save them in the account, then play this brain puzzle game and spin to win some more.

    A rewards system is in place to access more gameplay or gain further opportunities to progress in-game. Monetisation works through both an ad-based and pay-to-play basis.

    The seventh update has seen Globematcher enter pre-launch with a global launch expected shortly.


  • Disney Mirrorverse

    Disney Mirrorverse logo

    Developer: Kabam
    Where: Romania, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Indonesia and The Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: March 31st, 2020
    Updates: (21) October 15th, 2020

    Kabam has collaborated with Disney on a new action-RPG called Disney Mirrorverse.

    Players unite teams of guardians - made up from well-known Disney and Pixar characters - to defend against an unrelenting dark threat. Sulley, Baymax, Scar, Captain Jack Sparrow, the Genie, Merida, Belle, Oogie Boogie and more are all set to appear.

    The Mirrorverse features worlds such as Agrabah Merchant’s Alley, Scarefloor F, and Port Royal Queen’s Landing.

    The fourth update rolled out Alliances so players can take part in events together as well as the 'Unlikely Allies' campaign, a limited-time event quest where.

    The fifth update has put Alliances live, which allows players to band together to take part in events and win rewards, alongside bug fixes, performance optimisations, and grammar fixes.

    The 11th update added new characters, extended act two to include chapter two and three, added 11 new languages to its localisation, as well as new music and fixes.


  • Pocket Politics 2

    Pocket Politics 2 logo

    Developer: Kongregate
    Where: The Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: March 25th, 2020
    Updates: (14) September 8th, 2020

    Kongregate has soft-launched the second iteration of its satirical idle Pocket Politics series, where users select a candidate and run their presidential campaign.

    Choose to play as a Liberal or Conservative and rise through the political ranks, gain cash from the biggest fundraisers in the country, and watch your lobbies earn billions to help you become the most powerful person in the free world.

    Furthermore, campaigns can be automated with managers and supporters which will earn idle cash while you’re away. Meanwhile, investors can be upgraded to grow the player's empire.

    The 11th update added a new daily login feature, no ad subscriptions, two new Manager crates for events as well as a number of fixes and balance upgrades.


  • Angry Birds Legends

    Angry Birds Legends logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: UK, Sweden and Finland
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: March 28th, 2020
    Updates: (4) September 14th, 2020

    Angry Birds moves into turn-based RPG with Angry Birds Legends, a new mobile game that sees mysterious dark forces being thrown into the world as the ongoing battle between the creatures and their piggy nemesis rages on.

    Players must assemble an unstoppable team of heroes from all races to take down the evil forces that are threatening life as they know it. Collect a huge roster of Angry Birds characters and new faces, earn treasures and level up your Heroes to make your team even more powerful.

    Pick teammates with complementary abilities, choose the right team for every battle and decide which skills to unleash or merge during the mayhem.

    Interestingly, Rovio has also soft-launched a near-identical game called Chronicles of Legends, which excludes the Angry Birds property entirely. 

    The first update added more campaign levels, balanced heroes, and fixed a number of bugs.

    The fourth update added special rewards that will be indicated over the top of nodes, fixed a small bug that caused players to lose connection at the end of battles alongside some small visual and technical bugs.

    The fifth update added a premium battle pass which unlocks more characters and gems.

  • Tiles & Tales

    Tiles & Tales logo

    Developer: Kuuhubb
    Where: Finland, Croatia, Netherlands, The Philippines and Australia
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: March 19th, 2020
    Updates: (7) September 7th, 2020

    Tiles & Tales looks to combine two of the most popular genres within the female gaming community; match-three and visual novels.

    "Tiles and Tales is our flagship second-generation game and Kuuhubb’s key focus in calendar year 2020," said Kuuhubb CEO Jouni Keränen.

    "I am extremely proud of our talented development team for all the dedication, hard work and love they have poured into the game. I am confident that this is the beginning of a new long-term franchise and an important growth driver for Kuuhubb in the future".

  • Hay Day Pop

    Hay Day Pop logo

    Developer: Supercell
    Where: Australia, Finland, New Zealand
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: March 16th, 2020
    Updates: (12) September 10th, 2020

    Breaking away from its usual hardcore fare, Supercell has soft-launched a casual match-3 puzzler called Hay Day Pop.

    Based around its farming game, Hay Day Pop sees players tapping connected cubes to score points and clear boards, among other objectives.

    On top of that, there looks to be a base-building aspect, as players develop their farm however they see fit with new animals and buildings.

    The eighth update added five new farm levels and new decorations, as well as the ability to create or join a 'Neighborhood'. Players can chat, share hints and tips, like each other's posts, visit their farms and collect stars from their fellow neighbours.

    The 12th update soft-launched the game in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, France, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.

  • Soccer Rally: Arena

    Soccer Rally: Arena logo

    Developer: Lava Skull (IceFlame)
    Where: US
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: March 6th, 2020
    Updates: (10) August 26th, 2020

    Soccer Rally: Arena, the third entry in the now eight-year-old series, has soft-launched in the US.

    The mobile car football game features three versus three multiplayer matches, with cross-platform online play. Cars boost themselves into the giant football to try and score and ultimately win the match.

    As players progress they can expand their lineup of vehicles. Each has different top speeds, acceleration, boost speeds and handing.

    The second update upgraded the servers for faster matchmaking, added new music tracks, rolled out a Discord server and made it so 12 fuel cans are available with a lower refill time.

    The fifth update added missions, achievements, controls settings, and more bug fixes.

    The ninth update added a player league as well as several bug fixes.

  • Angry Birds Casual

    Angry Birds Casual  logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: Finland, Poland, Sweden and the US
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: March 2nd, 2020
    Updates: (2) March 31st, 2020

    Red, Bomb, Chuck, Stella and co. return in Angry Birds Casual which sees Rovio go back to its roots by utilising the classic slingshot mechanic.

    As opposed to taking out the Bad Piggies, players will instead look to free caged Hatchlings across hundreds of levels and multiple worlds. Coins can be collected by completing levels which in turn can be used to unlock rewards.

    The new free-to-play title will feature in-app purchases as well as leaderboards to compete against fellow Angry Birds users. Rovio has confirmed this is "early market testing" that will last approximately one to two months.

    The second update brought in a player profile, avatars, mystery boxes as well as improved levels, effects and visuals.

  • Endless Survival

    Endless Survival  logo

    Developer: Gameloft
    Where: Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Netherlands and the Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: February 12th, 2020
    Updates: (11) October 7th, 2020

    Set in a world controlled by powerful witches driven by evil motives, players journey in Survive Together begins in their own base

    From here, users can craft, build and repair weapons in preparation to explore the land and take down any zombies and monsters encountered.

    By conquering unexplored map areas and defeating bosses, survivalists can level up and help expand your faction to win the war.

    The second update renamed the game from Survive Together to Endless Survival.


  • Pirate Evolution

    Pirate Evolution logo

    Developer: Gram Games
    Where: Singapore, Netherlands, Austria and South Africa
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: December 2nd, 2019
    Updates: (10) August 15th, 2020

    Gram Games' new sea-based adventure has players captaining their own pirate ship in Pirate Evolution.

    Over 140 islands are accessible with treasure scattered throughout. Battle enemies you encounter along the way to collect loot and thus upgrade your ship and weapons.

    Another component allows bases to be expanded while pirate crews can be frown to increase overall power to help take over the high seas.

  • Angry Birds Tennis

    Angry Birds Tennis logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: US, Sweden, Finland and Mexico
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: February 8th, 2020
    Updates: (5) July 21st, 2020

    Finnish mobile studio Rovio has soft-launched a new Angry Birds game in the US and Mexico.

    Angry Birds Tennis is a new free-to-play sports title that features real-time PvP, multiple different game modes as well as dozens of characters to unlock. The description suggests that "super abilities" will be incorporated into the mechanics in some way.

    No global launch date has been revealed for the title however testing is expected to occur for two weeks.

  • Deer Hunter 2020

    Deer Hunter 2020  logo

    Developer: Glu Mobile
    Where: New Zealand, The Philippines and Australia
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: October 15th, 2019
    Updates: (5) June 25th, 2020

    Glu Mobile's latest title sees the return of Deer Hunter. Players can team up with friends and compete in daily events to hunt down the animals in the simulator.

    Users can explore exotic locations across the globe from Alaska to Zimbabwe in search of the animals, while also collecting and customising a kit to have at hand.

    Further features set to return from past iterations include dogs, predators, trophy hunts and more.

    The second update rolled out a new Clash game mode that pits hunters against one another to try and achieve the highest score in a fast-paced shoot-off. Furthermore, there are new event types, an overhaul of the main menu, and performance improvements and bug fixes.

    The third update added a Global Chat feature for connecting with other players around the world, a new avatar system, as well as updates to tutorial and onboarding sequence.

  • Ivy: Stories We Play

    Ivy: Stories We Play logo

    Developer: Pocket Gems
    Where: Australia and New Zealand
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: November 20th, 2019
    Updates: (7) September 17th, 2020

    The creators of the mobile game Episode return with Ivy: Stories We Play, a mature story-driven episodic adventure that is said to feature "drama" and "thrills".

    Take control of protagonist Ivy across a number of stories, which introduces the character to new worlds with complex themes, fantasies and desires.

    Players get to make all the choices for how the story unfolds, whether that's partying with singles in Miami or recovering from the death of your partner.

  • LEGO Star Wars Battles

    LEGO Star Wars Battles logo

    Developer: Playdemic
    Where: India, Phillippines, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: September 9th, 2019
    Updates: (13) September 17th, 2020

    Collect, build and fight in Lego Star Wars Battles, with famous characters from the series going head-to-head.

    Take part in real-time multiplayer PvP battles in arenas inspired by iconic locations, while collecting and upgrading your inventory of famous faces.

    Build LEGO towers on the battlefield to strategically attack, defend, and capture territory as you push towards the enemy base to claim victory.

    The sixth update added in the Wookie planet of Kashyyyk as well as several new characters including BB8, BB9E and Moroff.

    The eighth update made sweeping changes to balancing, most notably reducing map sizes and increasing troop movement speed to make for faster battles.

    The ninth update added a new scan system, supply beacons, interplanetary travel, planet milestone rewards, a new planet, new champions and new towers.

    The 10th update balanced the leaderboard scoring system and amended some known crashes and loading issues.

    The 12th update made it so players could battle in the shadow of a Super Star Destroyer on Jakku, as well as adding several new units and bug fixes.

    The 13th update added events, allowing players to earn Holocron Scans and Champion Cards from taking part in different, regularly updated events.

  • Avatar: Pandora Rising

    Avatar: Pandora Rising logo

    Developer: FoxNext
    Where: Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: September 16th, 2019
    Updates: (12) September 22nd, 2020

    Avatar: Pandora Rising is a massive real-time strategy and social game based on James Cameron's smash hit 2009 film. Players choose to lead a flourishing Na’vi village deep in the bioluminescent forest or can build a prosperous human mining colony and base to save Earth.

    Compete and play for both the human and Na'vi sides of the conflict to immerse yourself in an epic battle for survival and determine the fate of Pandora.

    Build and battle in a massive, social and open world with deep combat flexibility and extensive breadth of play.

    The second update brought in a host of new features and updates, including two new enemy troops, changed the user interface, updated the leaderboard UI, balance adjustments and more. Two specific bugs were also fixed concerning the commander talents and cancelling an outpost.

    The 12th update added safeguard commanders Syanan and Leon, improved deck management, increased protected amounts and available combat protection, as well as eliminated a number of bugs.

  • Darkfire Heroes

    Darkfire Heroes logo

    Developer: Darkfire Games (formerly Wargaming Denmark)
    Where: Philippines, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: August 16th, 2019
    Updates: (18) October 5th, 2020

    Wargaming has soft-launched a new action RPG that sees players enter the fantasy realm of Darkfire Heroes and go on a heroic adventure.

    Collect and battle with more than 50 heroes from six unique factions available. Gather your team, plan a strategy and lead the attack in real-time battles against hordes of enemies. Prove your skills as you cast magical spells and unleash powerful special attacks to save the lost realm.

    Heroes can be upgraded and customised to fit your tactics which pits users against evil minions, brutal boss enemies, otherworldly beasts, and ancient dragons.

    The 18th update brought in a Halloween event named "Creatures of the Night" that will play out over two weekends in October.

  • FarmVille 3 - Animals

    FarmVille 3 - Animals  logo

    Developer: Zynga
    Where: Australia, Belgium Malaysia, Netherlands, Italy, Philippines and Thailand
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: July 17th, 2019
    Updates: (13) September 21st, 2020

    Zynga has soft-launched a new entry into the FarmVille series, with the aim of restoring a farm to its former glory.

    Players can build the farm in the design of their choice as well as breed a number of rare animals. Farmhands are available to help pitch in with the work too.

    Grow crops, decorate the farm and weather whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

    The second and third updates introduced more decorations, building skins and improved upon the title’s graphics.

    The fifth and sixth update added better memory optimisations.

    The ninth update added co-op mode allowing players to partner up with 25 other farmers maximum and several new exotic animals including tigers, penguins, kangaroos and more.

    The 11th update added a Weather Station, so players can forecast the weather and boost the output from their harvest, as well as co-op leaderboards and themed outfits for farmhands.

  • Rivengard

    Rivengard logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Sweden
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: July 17th, 2019
    Updates: (19) October 13th, 2020

    King’s latest soft launch title is a new turn-based RPG that goes by the name of Valiant Heroes.

    The strategic title sees players forming teams of heroes to deploy as unwavering forces on the battlefield, making use of their specific strengths to take down enemies and lead your team to victory.

    Heroes can be summoned via the portal. Otherwise, by taking down bosses, you can force them into joining your team.

    The sixth update added three new collectable heroes: Akio, Taro and Shun. Also, 10 new quest levels and six quest level types were brought in alongside 20 new items, 12 power levels and several bug fixes.

    The seventh update changed the game's name from Valiant Heroes to Rivengard.

  • Marvel Super War

    Marvel Super War  logo

    Developer: NetEase 
    Where: Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and the Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: May 28th, 2019
    Updates: (25) October 10th, 2020

    NetEase and Marvel Entertainment have revealed the first game to come from their collaboration deal.

    Marvel Super War is a free-to-play MOBA title that brings together superheroes and supervillains from the Marvel Universe including the Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man.

    Combat focuses on teamwork while users can combined powerful combos together to string together stronger attacks. Characters work differently off one another so mixing up heroes can turn about different outcomes.

    The 22nd update soft-launched the game in South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • Puzzletown Match

    Puzzletown Match logo

    Developer: Parrot Games
    Where: USA
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: March 1st, 2019
    Updates: (29) March 23rd, 2020

    Moonlight Mystery sees players investigating the disappearance of the city of Nightwood that vanished during the 19th century.

    The puzzle title is brimming with quests, puzzles and a plot that is said to feature unexpected twists and turns.

    Featuring animated cutscenes and over 100 items to craft and collect, it’s up to you to solve the conundrum.

    The 15th update added a diary feature that lets players follow up on old and current investigations through a new visualisation as well as several bug fixes.

    The 17th update changed the visualisation for investigations, changed a number of requirements for progressing certain levels alongside several bug fixes.

    The 22nd update changed the name of the game from Moonlight Mystery to Puzzletown Match, alongside adding 125 more match-three levels.

  • Mech Arena: Robot Showdown

    Mech Arena: Robot Showdown  logo

    Developer: Plarium
    Where: India, Israel and Ukraine
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: January 8th, 2019
    Updates: (36) October 16th, 2020

    From developer Plarium comes a new competitive multiplayer mech shooter.

    Mech Arena: Robot Showdown is a five versus five PVP built upon battles that last approximately five minutes apiece.

    The title boasts intuitive gameplay and unique maps with a variety of weapons.

    The sixth update allows players to unlock chassis through the Prize Path, tweaked weapons, removed modules and added daily challenges.

    The eighth update added a damage display toggle option, stat info, a 360-degree view of the player’s inventory along with minor fixes.

    The 10th update brought in new mech abilities and challenges as well as tweaks to certain weapons and chassis. Modules were removed from the game too.

    The 20th update brought in the ability to add friends and connect via Facebook. A chat feature was also implemented alongside a Holiday Hangar and several fixes.

    The 22nd update added Chassis and Weapons to the Prize Path unlocks, a Ranks system for upgrades, XP bonuses for playing with friends in a team, and other fixes.

    The 27th update added tournaments, a Team Deathmatch mode and several new maps.

    The 29th updates added tournament history, bracket records and player statuses across leaderboards.

    The 35th update added a chat feature to communicate with others in a chat room that is divided by languages.

  • Wild Things: Animal Adventures

    Wild Things: Animal Adventures logo

    Developer: Jam City
    Where: New Zealand, Thailand and the US
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: January 22nd, 2019
    Updates: (23) August 24th, 2020

    Jam City has soft-launched match-three puzzler Wild Things in a bid to make your heart sing.

    Wild Things: Animal Adventures features a myriad of cutely animated created called the Wild Things who live peacefully in a diverse land. Their tranquil life is all thanks to a tree, which is also referred to as their “touchstone”.

    As it goes, nothing good can last and it appears something is on the way to upset the balance.
    Gameplay-wise, you’ll be navigating your way through match-three puzzles with plenty of animals to collect.

    The 11th update added a new story with two new chapters and 130 new levels, as well as improvements to the game board and front-end visuals.

    The 15th update added one new Chapter and 31 new levels among performance updates and bug fixes.

    The 19th update added a new adventure for Emma, Liam, Zelda and Arvind, as well as a new river element.

  • Blade Runner Rogue

    Blade Runner Rogue logo

    Developer: Next Games
    Where: Canada, Finland, Australia, and Poland
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: July 10th, 2018
    Updates: (27) October 17th, 2020

    Blade Runner Rogue is a role-playing game with a story that will no doubt be indulgent should you be a fan of the original films, or even the book if you’re a Philip K Dick fan. As a fresh-faced blade runner, you’re tasked with collecting evidence to aid you in hunting down rogue replicants.

    Staple characters from the series are collectable and will aid you in overcoming threats. Freshly formed teams can also be powered up to take on more challenging targets with proportionate awards.

    You don’t have to go it alone though as friends and blade runners alike can be enlisted to help you accomplish a mission.

    The 17th update added a selection of new characters from the Blade Runner universe as well as performance and usability improvements.

    The 18th update saw the game enter early access while adding new case files, a new Patrol game mode and improved the user interface.

    The 19th update added a tutorial for new players, new animations, bigger health bars for boss battles, push notifications, UI enhancements and bug fixes.

    The 21st update introduced rogue-like gameplay, as well as "multi-branched cases" where each choice makes a difference. Players need to collect clues to improve your team and to gain an advantage over enemies.

    The 23rd update added a whole host of minor improvements, such as progress rewards, tutorial changes, new dialogue, skills and bug fixes.

    The 25th update renamed the game from Blade Runner 2049 to Blade Runner Rogue.

    The 27th update rolled out a battle pass where players earn Battle Points to claim rewards, alongside several bug fixes.

  • God Eater: Resonant Ops

    God Eater: Resonant Ops logo

    Developer: Bandai Namco
    Where: Japan
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: April 3rd, 2018
    Updates: (47) July 22nd, 2020

    Bandai Namco’s God Eater: Resonant 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.

    The fourth update laid the groundwork for an upcoming event whilst performing other maintenance, such as adjusting game balance and refurbishing exchange UI.

  • Temple Run: Treasure Hunters

    Temple Run: Treasure Hunters logo

    Developer: Scopely
    Where: Spain, Ireland, Romania and the Philippines
    Platforms: iOS and Android
    Live since: November 30th, 2016
    Updates: (35) October 8th, 2020

    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 solving 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.

    An 11th update came nine-months after its predecessor. The "all-new" Temple Run Treasure Hunters features redesigned puzzles and gameplay.

    The 14th update introduced a slew of new levels along with a new store to purchase items from.

    The 23rd update brought in 40 new levels alongside various bug fixes.

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Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
The Witcher: Monster Slayer and AR Witcher game has soft launched in New Zealand on IOS.
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Updated the list, thanks for the spot.
Ryan Mawla
Primrose Lake: Twists of Fate has been soft launched in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Poland!
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Phoenix Rangers has just been canceled by Rovio (according to their discord)
Survive Together change to Endless Survival by Gameloft
Riddleside and Puzzle Combat are both global.
Aaron Knowles
Has crash bandicoot been abandoned already no updates since April! have they just stopped working on it?
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
As far as we're aware the game is still in development. Updates in soft launch can vary heavily, sometimes being as long as a year before another. I expect we'll hear more soon though.
Alex Vale Analyst
Crooked Pines - Mytona's new match3 game soft launched on iOS for several countries
Kirill Keremzhanov
fallout shelter online is softlaunched on ios (Philippines, Thailand and a couple of other countries)
Ryan Mawla
Cooking Stars by alawar games soft launched in russia
Ryan Mawla
Barbarous: Tavern of Emyr soft launched in Canada, Netherlands... on iOS/Android by GameHouse
Ryan Mawla
Turbo Team by DeusCraft soft launched in Canada and the UK on iOS.
Dmitry Shubeykin CEO at DeusCraft
DeusCraft soft-launched Turbo Team on IOS and Android.
Kirill Keremzhanov
com2us soft-launched "Heroes War: Counterattack" in Thailand on android and ios
Kirill Keremzhanov
Crooked Pines from MyTona is softlaunched in Canada on iOS
Sēïfãllåh Bëñhãlîm
King got soft launched Crash Bandicoot Mobile on Android in Malaysia on April 21st 2020!
Kirill Keremzhanov
Sybo softlaunched Train Riders on iOS and Android in Canda, The Netherlands, Philippines and Belgium
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Nice one, added to the list. Thanks!
Perla Nehme
tnx
Rael Hodgson
Not seeing Angry Birds Tennis in US or Mexico ios store
Ryan Mawla
That one got removed. You’re free to use my account to install it or I can send you the IPA.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Looks like a false alarm for Harry Potter Puzzles & Spells, it's not there yet, on ios for sure.
Kirill Keremzhanov
It's finally there for both ios and android
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Zynga has confirmed the game's soft-launch -https://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/72741/zynga-portkey-games-warner-bros-harry-potter-puzzles-and-spells-reveal/
Rael Hodgson
its not there on Philippines ios
Kirill Keremzhanov
Plants vs. Zombies™ 3 is soft-launched in Philippines, Romania, Ireland on both ios and android
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added, thanks - https://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/72701/plants-vs-zombies-3-soft-launched/
Yuliy Moskalenko
Underlords have officially launched, should be removed from the list.
Qasim Meher Assad
Why Battle Bombers Arena is still in the soft launch. They haven't updated the game for the last 17 months. PG needs to update the list!
Ric Cowley Editor at PocketGamer.biz
We contacted Futureplay about Battle Bombers Arena yesterday and the game is still considered to be in soft launch at the studio, so we're keeping it in there for now!
Steve Avendano
Any new info on payday crime war
Steve Avendano
is it true that Rockstar is or has bought payday crime war from starbrezee
Edward Hananto
What happened to Riddleside? It’s still on soft launch as far as I know
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added now! Thanks!
Ravi Ranjan Kumar
Wild Things last update shows 2018. Why is this even in the list?
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Wild Things last update was December 18th, 2019. Not sure where you are looking. We are still tracking the game.
Ravi Ranjan Kumar
Oh, Thanks for the info. Great work.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Phoenix Rangers is listed as ios/andoid but it's actually android only for now, as mentioned below.
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Updated, thank you!
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Rovio softlaunched Phoenix Rangers (an updated version of their canceled game Pet Monsters) on Android
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
It softlaunched November 27th in Brazil, Finland, Poland and Sweden on Android.
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added, thanks!
Elle Bent SEO at Chamoji
Thank you for this article.
Ravi Ranjan Kumar
Rush Wars is dead. Supercell pulled the plugs today!
Philippe André
In canada soft launch Magic: ManaStrike, a Clash Royale with Magic Card
Kirill Keremzhanov
Rovio has softlaunched "Small Town Murders" on both ios and android
Nick Cullen Digital Marketing coordinator at Gamehive
Gamehive has put Battle Bouncers into soft launch so far in Singapore, India and UK
Studs Terkleton PM
A couple of big games to add:

#1 - D3's "G.I. Joe: War on Cobra". It's basically a better Rush War.

#2 - FoxNext's "Avatar: Pandora Rising". It's basically Clash Royale meets a 4X game.
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added G.I. Joe. Thanks for the spot :)
Richard Dekker
PerBlue softlaunched a new match 3 rpg in the Australian App store, Puzzle Force.
Philippe André
Rush Wars (Supercell) is a soft launch in Australia & Canada
Nick Meißner
Pokemon Masters is not Soft Launch in Singapore or Canada yet.
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Hi Nick, DeNA sent out a press release confirming the game's soft launch in Singapore on Android. You can read it here -

https://www.resetera.com/threads/pok%C3%A9mon-masters-pre-register-now-available-soft-launch-coming-tomorrow-to-singapore-and-very-soon-in-canada.130850/
Philippe André
Dota Underlords is on Android
Kirill Keremzhanov
as well as iOS in many countries including USA and Canada
Nick Meißner
COD;M is on IOS now. Australia store.
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Already added, thanks anyway :)
Nick Meißner
add IOS to platfroms? its out on both android and ios now.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Netease soft launched Marvel Super War on Android and IOS
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Rovio soft launched Angry Birds Explore on Android on May 23th
Kirill Keremzhanov
devsisters soft-launched "CookieRun JellyPop" in Indonesia, Australia and Canada
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Rovio resoft-launched Angry Birds Blast Island as Angry Birds Island on August 26th
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added to the list. Thanks, Tommy.
Kirill Keremzhanov
playrix has softlaunched wildscapes on iOS in canada, new zealand and australia
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added to the list. Thanks!
Philippe André
Nonstop Knight 2 is now softlaunched on Android in Canada
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Nonstop Knight is now softlaunched on IOS and Android in Phillipines.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Nonstop Knight 2 by the way.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Scopely softlaunched word puzzler Words of Fortune on iOS and Android in Philippines and Vietnam

Rovio softlaunched Angry Birds POP 2 on iOS in UK
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
We've added Angry Birds to the list. Thanks for the heads up!
Mohamed Nabil Mohamed Anwar
Which country the Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs is soft launched?
Nick Meißner
COD Mobile is not soft launched on IOS!
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Amended, thanks for the spot
Kirill Keremzhanov
MyTona softlaunched two new games:
- Riddleside: Fading Legacy (iOS - UK, New Zealand, Russia, Australia)
- Manastorm: Arena of Legends (iOS - Russia)
Kirill Keremzhanov
Parrot Games (Social Point?) softlaunched two new puzzle games:
- Moonlight Mystery (iOS - Canada, Philippines,UK)
- Sushi Dash (iOS - Canada)
Kirill Keremzhanov
it seems that small giant's "puzzle combat" is launched on android only at the moment
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Updated this, thanks!
Ryan Mawla
Soft launched in Canada & the Phillipines by GameHouse, Delicious World
Soft launched in the Phillipines by GameHouse, My Original Stories

Could you add those to the list?(:
Ryan Mawla
Released for both iOS, and Android by the way!
Anders Leicht Rohde CCO & Founder at Funday Factory
Bullet League from Funday Factory just went into soft launch through Google Early Access last week: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fundayfactory.bl
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added this, thanks
Kirill Keremzhanov
Glu has softlaunched Disney Sorcerer's Arena on iOS in Netherlands
Kirill Keremzhanov
it's New Zealand store actually :)
Matthew Forde Staff Writer at PocketGamer.Biz
Added, thank you :)
Kirill Keremzhanov
Big Fish softlaunched Toy Story Drop match-3 game on Philippines App Store
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Good spot Kirill! We've added it to the list! :)
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Angry Birds Dream Blast is launched gobal. WWE Universe, Legend at War, Final Space AR, Rumble Star Soccer, and Kitty Catsanova are Soft Launched on Android too. Shadowbreak, Go Race Super Karts and World of Demons all have been canned or so says messages within the game.
Iain Harris Staff Writer at Steel Media
Don't suppose you'd have a screenshot handy of the World of Demons in-game message about it being canned? If so! Could you send it to me at iain.harris@steelmedia.co.uk?
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Sadly, I do not have a screenshot. This out of all that I mentioned World of Demons is the only one that I can't fully confirm. I have seen at least 3 people mention that they got a message in fhe game saying that it would be shut down in Mid August but again I can't fully confirm this grain of salt.
Kirill Keremzhanov
go race supercarts will stop operating on March 18
Matt Zuben Tester
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Lappi Lappii
can't find cod in austraila store. someone have link?
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Elex soft launched Call of Duty: Global Operations in November, Activision soft launched Call of Duty: Legends of War in December and King Soft Launched Call of Duty Shooter (Unreleased) test version in January.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Microsoft soft launched Gears Pop on Android
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
King Soft Launched Candy Crush Cubes, Candy Crush Tales, and Call of Duty Shooter on Android.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
King soft launched Pet Rescue Puzzle Saga on Android in February 2016
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
King soft launched Farm Heroes Champions on Android November 4th
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Chiboa Games soft launch a PVP Monopoly Go in September.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Scopely soft-launched Star Trek: Fleet Command both iOS and Android in New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway
Dasol Ryu Member at Haegin
Homerun Clash, Home Run derby battle Game, is in Softlaunch (AU, CA, MY, NL, PH, and SG):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.haegin.homerunclash

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1345750763

I’m the Community Manager of Homerun Clash (Developer: Heagin Corp.). We’d be really appreciated to see our App on your list.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Jam City soft launched World of Doh on Android September 18th in Phillipines.
exauce tabaka head of division
Well a new challenger has arrived

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.morningames.jetmanvsevilbirds

this new game is a serious contender for the 50 top games in soft launch

the current ranking is about to blow before christmas this year
Kirill Keremzhanov
looks like jam city killed twist
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
They canceled that version of Twist but then resoft launched another one like 4 months later called Twist: Stories You Star In.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Garena softlaunched western version of Contra Returns on Philippines AppStore
Iain Harris Staff Writer at Steel Media
Good eye!
Richard Dekker
Social Point soft launched Legends at War for iOS.
Teut Weidemann
Legend of Solgard seems to have launched worldwide yesterday
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
King soft launched Knights of Fury in Android on July 20th
Cody Benner
KIng has soft launched a new game called Knights of Fury

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.knightsrage

Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Eve: War of Ascension has soft launched on Android May 31st by Kongregate.
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!
Rael Hodgson
installing now thanks
Chemseddine Henni Lead Community & Support Manager at Ooblada
Thank you ! :)
Rael Hodgson
you used the font from brawl stars I see
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/
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.