5 new Android and iOS games announced at E3 2016 to look out for


This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles wrapped up to the tune of many console gaming announcements and surprisingly few ones about mobile games. Is the gaming industry bored of phones and tablets too? Or maybe mobile developers dislike E3 for some reason? We don't know if that, or something else's the case! Either way, mobile gaming is here to stay. At E3 2016, developers showcased at least five interesting titles and upgrades to existing ones, available right now or scheduled to hit Android and iOS in the coming months. Check them out, it's good stuff!

Batman - The Telltale Series

Official website / Coming Summer 2016 on Android and iOS

Telltale Games announced a new five-episode series chronicling the Dark Knight's adventures. Putting players not just behind Batman's well-worn mask, but also in the suit of troubled billionaire Bruce Wayne, the game will put a comic book story-like spin on the character, focusing on the "drama, action, crime, corruption, and villainy lurking around every corner of Gotham City." Gaming's dignified storytellers are enthusiastic about exploring "the complex life and fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne," turning it into a signature 'Telltale' role-playing experience. The game is styled like a "living, breathing comic book" and features a heavyweight cast of voice talent to add depth and believeability to Bats' new adventure.

Severed (Drinkbox Games)

Official website / Coming Summer 2016 on iOS

First shown way back in early 2014, Severed finally launched in 2016 on a platform that even Sony has forgotten – the PlayStation Vita. At E3 today, developer Drinkbox Games announced the game is hitting iOS as well, something the game always seemed destined for. Anyway, Severed tells the story of a one-armed warrior in possession of a living sword who sets on a journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Expect intense one-armed battles with monsters, lots of puzzles, and plenty of secrets to discover inside the game's vivid, colorful world. While Severed doesn't have a scheduled release date yet, Drinkbox wants it on the App Store this Summer.

Minecraft Realms (Mojang)

Official website / Out now on Android and iOS

Minecraft doesn't need much of an introduction, as the game's Pocket Edition for mobile devices has planted itself firmly on the top of the paid games charts in Google Play and the App Store. Developer Mojang has listened to the gamers complaining about the inability to join their friends playing on other platforms in time for E3 2016. At Microsoft's press conference, Mojang announced that the Minecraft Realms player-server service is being brought to mobile platforms, enable cross-platform multiplayer. This means players on Android, iOS, and other platforms like Xbox Live, Windows 10, and the Samsung Gear VR can now duke it out together.

Minecraft Realms is included in the recent Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 update, also known as "The Friendly Update". In addition to the Realms server, it adds new texture packs, mobs, and other goodies. Mind you, though, while the update is free for existing owners and comes with a 30-day free trial of Minecraft Realms, playing after that will require an ongoing subscription.

The Elder Scrolls – Legends (Bethesda)

Official website / Coming soon for Android and iOS

At this year's E3, Bethesda pleased fans of The Elder Scrolls series with the announcement of Legends – a strategy card game set in the Elder Scrolls universe. Players will craft decks and take on foes in three game modes. Each deck can be crafted using two of the five attributes in the game: Strength, Agility, Intelligence, Endurance and Willpower. Completed decks take on their own “class,” based on the chosen attributes. For example, combining Agility and Strength results in an Archer deck, while doubling up on Willpower and Intelligence will net you a Mage deck. Your job is to pick the best deck appropriate for the current situation, which involves strong strategical thinking.

Pokémon Go (Nintendo/Niantic)

Official website / Coming in July for Android and iOS

Pokémon Go will take fans of the lovable Nintendo creatures on an augmented reality quest as soon as July. True to the times, the game is played with a wrist-worn wearable called the Pokémon Go Plus, which lets you play the game without a smartphone. It's sold separately for $34.99 and up for pre-order, although Nintendo is sorry to inform you that the gadget won't be ready for launch. In short, Pokémon Go is about venturing into real-world location on a Pokémon hunt. The game will prompt you to look through your smartphone's camera and see the creatures show up in your surroundings. Sounds like fun times!


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