We've already had a look at the ways we've seen mobile gaming change in the first six months of 2018, so now it's time to have a look forward, into our digital crystal balls, and ponder what we'd like to see more of in the next six months of the year. After all, that's the sort of thing we love to do here at 148Apps.
These are suggestions rather than predictions, but if they happen to accidentally become accurate predictions, then we're going to be just as happy as everyone else. Obviously if you've got your own suggestions, stick them in the comments section all the way down at the bottom of the article. Before you do though, let's get on with our list.
More AR, more smARt
AR was a flash in the pan, and while some games are still using it to decent effect, we're not seeing the influx that many people predicted at the start of the year. That's a real shame, because the technology definitely has the potential to revolutionize the way we play.
Hopefully in the next six months we're going to see developers using the AR kit technology as something that actually benefits their games, rather than as an addition that feels like it's been added as a clunky afterthought.
The casual arcade revolution
While Ketchapp and Voodoo have been dominating the sphere for a while now, we're starting to see more and more developers realising the potential that small, addictive games have on the App Store. And that's likely to lead to even more of them appearing on there.
Expect some of the bigger developers, the likes of King and Rovio, to start making inroads into this corner of the market within the next six months. Okay, that one actually is a prediction, but as far as we're concerned, the more little games on the App Store, the better.
Fewer, but better, premium games
Right now, in terms of quality, it's about half and half premium and free to play in the list of the best games that have come out this year. But we reckon that's going to change. We're not going to see more premium games, but those we do see are going to be the very pinnacle of mobile gaming.
That's not to say the free to play games are rubbish, far from it in fact, and there have been plenty this year that have entangled players in the best possible way. Just expect there to be a different ratio in the coming months and years, as smaller developers look to different ways to make money.
Nintendo finally finds its mojo
Oh it's been a good long while since Nintendo made any noise about mobile. The Switch has been doing brilliantly, which has probably changed the big N's focus, but we expect Mario Kart World Tour to be the game that really pushes Nintendo to the fore in the mobile arena.
Sure, it might not actually come out this year, but we expect it to land sometime before Christmas. And it might be rubbish. But we're going to be honest, when has a Mario Kart game ever been rubbish? There's a first time for everything, but here's hoping this one doesn't buck the trend.
An App Store redesign
It's been a while since the App Store has had a full overhaul, and while Apple has made some changes over the past year or so, we're expecting more in the coming months. You can expect the features and articles on the store to be pushed front and center.
If we were being supremely optimistic it'd be nice to see better categories, and more done to increase the visibility of games that don't make it into the feature slots. If we get some movement in that direction then we're going to be super happy to be honest.