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D-Pad Studio is celebrating a decade since release of debut game Savant - Ascent

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 31st, 2023

Most people will know of D-Pad Studio from their runaway hit Owlboy, however, it all started for the studio with the release of Savant - Ascent. This summer, to celebrate 10 years since the debut of D-Pads' first game, the studio is releasing a remastered version, called Savant - Ascent Anniversary Edition.

Savant - Ascent places you in the shoes of the Alchemist, a peculiarly masked fellow who has been cast out of his tower by an unknown force. You are tasked with ascending back to the top, with a rapid volley of magic missiles to defend you from your foes. To make life harder, you are consigned to only two platforms, so your movement will be key.

Bleach: Brave Souls has released a collaboration based on light novels Spirits Are Forever With You

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 30th, 2023

Starting March 31st, Bleach: Brave Souls will be holding their Spirits Are Forever With You collaboration campaign, or SAFWY for short. You will be able to get your hands on some exclusive SAFWY versions of some iconic Bleach characters, including a chance to get one guaranteed 5-star character.

Set after the defeat of Sosuke Aizen, SAFWY shines a light on some of the supporting cast over hero Ichigo Kurosaki, as he was currently de-powered at the time. The story follows Squad 11 along with spiritualist Don Kanonji, as they head to Karakura Town to investigate the sighting of a skull-faced woman.

Smilehate and VA Games announce upcoming RPG Outerplane

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 29th, 2023

It is exciting times for mobile RPG fans, as Smilegate and VA Games have unveiled the brand page and first look at its upcoming game Outerplane. With a tentative global launch at the end of May, we can get our first look at the characters and settings of the new world.

Outerplane will take the form of the iconic turn-based system, following the story of a protagonist that gets summoned from the earth and pulled to the Mirsha. The Teaser PV gives us our first look at the modern-kitted PC, as he is pulled into a church by a mysterious woman. We don’t get a lot from it, but it's still early.

Puzzle & Dragon introduces its latest collaboration with Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 28th, 2023

Puzzle & Dragons has announced its latest collaboration, bringing in characters from Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai to recruit into your party. The crossover will last until April 10th, so you have plenty of time to clear all the content.

If you are a fan of the Dragon Quest series you will know that monsters are a big deal in the game, so it is no surprise you can recruit a bunch in the Monster Exchange. You can get your hands on monsters like Platypunk and Golem, by amassing Dragon Crest Medals from the special dungeons.

It's almost time to explore the cosmos with Honkai: Star Rail launching soon

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 26th, 2023

After what feels like months of build-up, the release of HoYoverses’ sci-fi fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail is finally on the horizon. Launching for mobile next month, it is almost time to slip the surly bonds of Earth and venture across the great beyond.

Honkai: Star Rail is a space fantasy RPG, with elements from myths and legends integrated into its sci-fi setting, so expect space-Odin. The gameplay unfolds through a turn-based combat system, set on large maps and maze exploration. You step into the shoes of a protagonist implanted with Stellaron.

Snowbreak: Containment Zone is the latest sci-fi shooter coming to mobile devices in 2023

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 23rd, 2023

Mobile gaming enthusiasts will soon be able to get their fill of sci-fi shooting, with Amazing Season announcing their upcoming game, Snowbreak: Containment Zone. Pre-registrations are now open for fans, and we also have their first trailer to get a sneak peek at the action.

Amazing Seasun is touting Snowbrea: Containment Zone as a narratively driven game, which hopefully doesn't mean the gameplay is second to the story. From the brief gameplay seen in the trailer, it looks like it will contain some very fast-paced gameplay with a focus on mobility, which does look like it could be fun. Hopefully, they add a bit more depth to it.

Mobile shooter War Robots is adding a new PvE mode after a near decade of PvP exclusivity

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 22nd, 2023

Since launching in 2014, players of the mobile shooter War Robots have been pitting its players against each other in purely PvP battles, and it has been a jolly good time. After a brief limited-time event in May 2022, a PvE mode has finally launched for those commanders who want to take to the field solo.

If you have not heard about War Robots, then it does what it says on the tins. You pick a giant robot to control, and then wade into a giant PvP battle and engage in a robo-rumble. Matches can be entered in teams or solo depending on how you wish to play, with a plethora of roles and guns to pick from. Now, however, there is a new way to play.

Raid: Shadow Legends celebrates four years at the peak of mobile gaming

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 21st, 2023

It is hard to believe that Raid: Shadow Legends has only been around four years given its status as one of mobile's most successful and well-known games, but it somehow has. Plarium is celebrating this milestone by releasing some special challenges, events, and new legendary heroes.

If you have not heard of Raid: Shadow Legends, then you are most likely wrong. From its humorous live-action adverts featuring its characters, such as the hopeless skeleton knight or the orc couple counselling, to its sponsoring virtually every video in existence, it would have popped up somewhere. Raid is a turn-based RPG focused on collecting dozens of heroes to battle alongside, and it has managed to take this simple premise and conquer mobile gaming.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links celebrates iconic card games 25th anniversary with fan-favourite giveaways

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 20th, 2023

Following Konami giving away Yugi’s most iconic monster, Dark Magician, last month, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is continuing the altruistic streak for the card game's 25th anniversary. All players will be able to collect some of the franchise's most beloved cards.

You can claim a lot of excellent rewards simply by logging in, and we shall start with the obligatory Game Mat and Card Sleeves. Emblazoned with a Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game 25th Anniversary Campaign design, this will be a nice-looking piece of history celebrating the longevity of the game we all love.

PUBG Mobile latest collaboration brings true speed to the battleground

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 17th, 2023

PUBG Mobile has announced its latest vehicle-based collaboration with the supercar icon Bugatti. Quite possibly one of the worst vehicle choices for rough terrain but let’s roll with it, you can hop in one of these rockets on wheels and rip up the battlefield until April 30th.

PUBG Mobile is touting its crossover as bringing two of the most “exclusive” supercars to the game, and by exclusive they mean ridiculously expensive. It’s probably a fair statement that most of us will never be able to drive a Bugatti, and fewer still who can do so under fire, so why not strap in and enjoy the experience while it lasts?

Ace Racer has launched for mobile following a highly sucessful pre-registration period

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 16th, 2023

NetEase Games' arcade-style racing game Ace Racer has finally launched following a rather impressive pre-registration campaign. With over 40 million downloads, you can be sure you will be able to immediately jump into endless fun and hectic races.

Ace Racer is an action-packed driving experience that trades primarily on its Ultimate skill mechanics. As you are driving along you will be about to use each car's special moves to give you an edge on the competition, from flying through the sky to two-wheeling past your foe, or just flat-out transforming into another car.

PUBG Mobile celebrate five years with a massive new build mode

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 15th, 2023

PUBG Mobile is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a bumper update for Version 2.5. This update will be bringing new areas, new items, updates to some existing roles, and a whole new massive build mode which is not what will immediately spring to mind.

Not quite the build mode you are thinking of, where you fire one shot and suddenly the Taj Mahal springs up in front of you, PUBGs build mode will put the power in the player's hands and allow them to create their own playgrounds based on the existing game maps. To get a better idea, this World of Wonder expansion will launch in beta on March 16th with a whole bunch of new maps and modes to try.

Hit puzzler Dungeons of Dreadrock to recieve huge new episode

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 14th, 2023

In a bit of outstanding news for puzzle fans, solo developer Christoph Minnameier has announced that his hit puzzle game, Dungeons of Dreadrock, will be receiving a huge expansion this year. Planned to match the length of the original story, players can expect to be met with a hoard of new fiendishly deceptive puzzles to work their way through.

If you have yet to play Dungeons of Dreadrock then you are sincerely missing out, it is an incredibly captivating puzzle game you can grab for free. The story centres on the protagonist, a young girl, entering the titular dungeon in order to rescue her brother after he enters to defeat the evil Dead King and doesn’t emerge for some time.

HoYoverse releases second half of its Cozy Couple's Getaway even forTears of Themis

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 13th, 2023

HoYoverse has announced the second part of its Cozy Couple’s Getaway event for budding detectives in Tears of Themis. If you saw the first part and went ick not these two where are the others, then don’t miss out when part two launches on March 13th.

Last month saw players of Tears of Themis given the chance to get away with either Vyn or Marius to the sunny location of Varnai and spend some quality time together. Since then, some fans have been patiently waiting for the chance to take one of the other two male squad members away, and now it is finally time.

KartRider: Drift kicks off it's first official season with collaborations and a host of new content

Posted by Shaun Walton on March 10th, 2023

It is time to start your engines for real, as KartRider: Drift officially launches its first season. This milestone not only spreads the game to consoles, but Season 1, or New World as it is titled, brings with it a raft of new content to try, including an exciting new feature.

To celebrate the official start of KartRider, Nexon has announced two collaborations to get players started with some cool rewards. The first one everyone will encounter is a partnership with Porsche, a nice way to kick off your racing game.