2022 was an excellent year for games, especially in the mobile category. For a long time, the global gaming industry has put its focus on developing titles for consoles and PCs, and understandably so. After all, total console gaming and PC market sales amounted to 32 billion U.S. dollars and 44.6 billion U.S. dollars, respectively, in 2021 alone. It’s a pretty lucrative sector.
However, thanks to the emergence of high-end devices addressing the age-old issue of power and graphics, the focus has shifted to mobile gaming. Today's phones are badass and handle much more than the minimum game requirements. And, with fantastic deals and the best rates for utilities such as data and vouchers from the Carry1st shop, mobile gaming opens up a whole new world to explore.
Several top-ranking publishers released titles for mobiles in 2022, like Apex Legends Mobile, Marvel Snap, and the highly anticipated Diablo Immortal. Add to the roster teases like Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile with their beta tests or soft launches, and mobile gaming has evolved from many of the cheap knockoff versions we had on Java and Symbian platforms back in the day.
We’re just in the first quarter of 2023 pass by, but it’s safe to say this is the year of the mobile. That said, here are four mobile games we can’t wait to play in 2023.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile
Call of Duty: Warzone was already a success on PC and console platforms (what can we say, gamers love open-world battle royale games!). So, it wasn’t a surprise when Activision announced they would adapt the game for mobile. The basics remain the same; stay alive and shoot (or hack) your way to the top in the intense, open-world map Verdansk.
It seems simple enough, but if the map’s immersive nature doesn’t get you killed, you must deal with the other 119 players gunning for your head. With an extensive array of weapons, vehicles, and upgrades, Call of Duty: Warzone is set to be the best iteration of the battle royale genre yet.
How’s it different from the already popular Call of Duty: Mobile, you ask? Easy. Warzone Mobile is its own game, with:
- new, unseen features adapted from the title’s 2022 reboot,
- a new battle royale-style game structure and,
- shared progress with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 (arguably two of the best entries in the franchise’s history)
This way, you get to ‘port’ some weapons, upgrades, and progress for a shared experience across all three titles from PC/Console to mobile.
We don’t have an exact date for a worldwide release, so we’ll just have to wait. Players in the Australian market drew the lucky straw, having had the game released in that region on November 30, 2022. Activision’s Vice President Chris Plummer provided an update on Warzone Mobile's global and limited release on March 16, 2023. According to him, the next regions to receive Warzone Mobile will be some countries in Europe and South America.
When it does get a mass release, it's poised to become one of the top mobile games of the year.
Honor of Kings: World
When game publishing company Tencent released the gameplay trailer for Honor of Kings: World, the general reaction was, “this is too good to be real.” That’s not a common reaction to a mobile game.
However, considering what the original Honor of Kings has a reputation for, it’s not too much of a surprise. Released in 2015, Honor of Kings (Arena of Valor outside of China) was a competitive battle game that became the first to average 100 million daily active users globally. It is one of the world’s highest-grossing games of all time.
The gist of its release date is very scarce, but here’s what we know about the game itself.
Honor of Kings: World is a delicious-looking RPG spinoff from the main title and is set in an open world (seriously, this is the winning formula now). Players get to take on huge and monstrous creatures using various skills, tricks, and weapons.
HOK: World looks to excel in the movement area, with the game's mechanics portraying an exciting way to get around the universe (from the trailer alone, we see the main character travel around using a magical umbrella wand). We can’t wait for launch day. As Tencent puts it, “it’s a world of discovery, wonder, and adventure.”
What do you get when you combine sports and an action RPG? Omega Strikers, that’s what!
Action sports have found their way into the mobile gaming mainstream, with titles like RocketLeague: Sideswipe and BombSquad becoming all the rave lately. Omega Strikers follows suit, pitting two teams against each other in 3v3 hockey-style matches. The objective is to score more than your opponent before the time is up.
The extra allure is in Omega Strikers’ character roster. Each character (also known as Striker) has a distinct set of abilities that can be used to attack opposing players, move the Core (the hockey puck), and many more moves. Actions like scoring goals or knocking out opponents get your Striker more xP, which you can use to upgrade them.
Omega Strikers has a lot of promise as a potential esports title with extensive development plans from its publisher. We can expect it to hit iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo Switch by April 23rd, 2023.
Assassin's Creed: Codename Jade
Ubisoft was admittedly ‘in its bag’ when it launched the Assassin’s Creed title back in 2007. 16 years, 12 installments, and over 200 million sold copies later, we are finally getting one built just for mobile in Assassin’s Creed: Codename Jade.
OG gamers remember there was an Assassin’s Creed mobile released in 2007 alongside the PC and console versions, so maybe it’s not the FIRST time we’re getting AC on mobile, but the difference is set to be clear when Codename Jade gets released sometime this year.
First announced in the September 2022 Assassin's Creed Ubisoft Forward showcase, will be set in China (215 BC), giving players a chance to explore Ancient China, especially the Great Wall acrobatically. Players also get to create their own unique character, a first in the entire franchise.
There’s a lot about Codename Jade we’re not sure about; like its exact release date or if it ties into the recently linked upcoming title after Mirage; Codename Red, which is set in feudal Japan, featuring samurais and ninjas.
One thing that’s for sure, however, is that it’ll be so worth it.
Of course, there are a lot more titles out there to look out for, such as:
- Valorant Mobile
- Mortal Kombat: Onslaught
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mobile
- Warcraft Arclight Rumble
It’s 2023, and mobile gaming just got hotter.