Now that we’re past the Not-E3 season, you think the game’s ads will start to slow down. On the contrary, it seems that they are only preparing. July kicked off with Ubisoft unveiling The Division Resurgence, coming to Android and iOS, which takes the popular tactical RPG gameplay from the series and recreates New York City for the small screen. Other games that have already been released, such as Pokémon Unite and Apex Legends Mobile, have also seen major updates.
If you think you’ve missed out on any notable news in the Android gaming world over the past month, we’ve rounded up what you need to know.
The Division Resurgence is coming to mobile
Ubisoft hasn’t finished bringing its flagship franchises to mobile. In the wake of its Rainbow Six Mobile announcement, the company revealed that another Tom Clancy feature will get mobile processing as well. Enter back split.
Resurgence begins just before the first game begins and is essentially set between the two primary games, to give players a new perspective on the events that took place in the world. It is set to have a new canon story with PvE activities that can be played either alone or in cooperation with friends.
I spoke with The Division Resurgence Executive Producer Fabrice Navries about adapting The Division’s experience to mobile devices, and he told me that its tactical RPG elements already offer a good, slower gameplay experience, making it better suited for mobile. Besides touch controls, Resurgence will support other great mobile controllers with fully customizable controls.
There’s no word yet on when the game will launch, but we’ll keep covering it, so check out Android Central for more.
A new legend joins the battle in Apex Legends Mobile
After its release in May, Apex Legends Mobile had a fairly quiet first season, but that seems to change with Season Two: Distortion. In addition to bringing back King’s Canyon (which was playable during my review period but wasn’t available to everyone at launch), Respawn added Pythas Block 0, the first Team Deathmatch map for mobile. Season Two: Distortion introduces two new tabletop game modes: Gun Game and Hack.
What may be the most exciting addition to the game, however, is Rhapsody, a new mobile-exclusive legend described as a DJ from Komma who competes with a little robot named Rowdy. Tactical Hype Anthem will boost teammates speed and recharge their shields. Her Ultimate, Rowdy’s Rave, will allow her companion to block all scenes and sweeps, making her effective against characters like Bloodhound.
I had a lot of fun with Apex Legends Mobile when I reviewed it, but have since fallen for it. This might give me a push to get back to it.
Genshin Impact gets its first engagement catalyst user
Genshin Impact usually gets updates every six weeks, but update 2.8 was a bit special in that it introduced players to the game’s first clash trigger user, Shikanoin Heizou. Previously, Catalyst users were long-range attackers, just like characters who use bows. Instead, Heizou gets up close and personal, dealing significant Anemo damage to enemies, especially those already affected by Pyro, Hydro, Electro, or Cryo items.
Despite being a four-star character, Heizou has earned his place in Genshin Impact’s list of S-ranked characters, along with five-star characters such as Zhongli, Ayaka, Venti, and many others.
I’ve already pulled Heizou on the Kaedehara Kazuha event wish banner and tested it out in the demo round. He’s a strong character, but he just doesn’t fit in with my current team at the moment. DPS and DPS sub roles are filled by Ayaka and Venti, respectively, and my backing is Bennett with Zhongli or Raiden Shogun. Maybe in the future, I’ll find a place for Heizou in a different party setup but not now.
Leaves, Please brings miserable satire to Android
It’s been nearly a decade since it was first released, but developer Lucas Pope revealed this month that Papers, Please is finally making its way to Android devices on August 5, 2022. The parody puzzle game won praise after its release for its gameplay, political text, Filming a fictional Soviet scene. Bob went on to create Return of the Obra Dinn years later, another indie music that was critically acclaimed upon release.
Personally, I’ve never played it, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the cards, please. Perhaps this will be the time when I decide to receive it. It will cost you some money since it is a premium version and not free to play, but I think it will be worth the $10 or so I should spend.
Backbone releases a PlayStation branded portable console (for iPhones for now)
It seems like just a month ago I was writing about Backbone finally getting ready to release an Android compatible version of the Backbone One console… oh yeah, because it was only last month. The company is back with a new announcement, this time introducing a new console in partnership with PlayStation. The Backbone One: The PlayStation version is only for iPhones for now, but we expect it to come to Android down the line when its other Android console releases in the fall.
Designed to mimic the look of other PS5 accessories, it features a black and white color scheme. Backbone notes that it’s compatible with the PS5 Pulse 3D wireless headset.
Interestingly, the Backbone app will have quite a few PlayStation integrations, including “custom glyphs representing popular PlayStation skins and the ability to browse through hundreds of game titles.” It will also have a row dedicated to new releases and updates from PlayStation.
Should players find a game they want to play, Backbone says it can be selected and then “automatically linked” to the game’s PlayStation app to be installed on the remote console.
Work continues on Warframe Mobile
The popular free-to-play RPG Warframe from Digital Extremes was revealed for mobile devices about a year ago, but movement in its development has been slow. During TennoCon 2022, an annual event to celebrate the game, the developer stated that it is still a work in progress.
#Warframe continues its way to Cross Play, Cross Save and mobile development! We’ve spent the last year exploring Cross Play and doing in-house testing, with community testing coming soon. Stay tuned! #Tenocon pic.twitter.com/DBtcYJ6gA316 July 2022
With the studio planning to release Warframe on mobile along with cross-play and cross-save functionality, it looks like it will be a port of the PC and console experience rather than a new game set in the Warframe universe developed explicitly for mobile.
Pokémon Unite celebrates its first birthday
Pokémon Unite has loads of content coming to players to celebrate its first anniversary. Aside from new challenges and cosmetic outfits that are set to drop, the game is expected to add three Pokémon over the coming weeks: Glaceon (July 21), Buzzwole (August 3), and Tyranitar (August 15).
Admittedly, it’s been a while since I picked up the game, and I’m sure I’m more than just a rusty kid. While Glaceon and Buzzwole don’t interest me much, I do have a cute Tyranitar because it looks like a dinosaur, and there was nothing cooler to me when I was a kid than dinosaurs.
I don’t know if this will be enough to get me to replay the game, but regardless, it’s good to see Pokémon Unite still going strong.
New games to play
I’ve fallen out of Apex Legends Mobile and Pokémon Unite, but I’m glad to see that they’re still going strong with new content. I’ve been mainly preparing for Genshin Impact 3.0, and while I’m not using Heizou on my team, I’m still excited when HoYoverse announces new additions. And while I wait for The Division to come back, I definitely think I’ll file the papers, please a chance in the meantime.
– Jennifer Locke