Take a peek at the games in testing from mobile’s biggest developers in this alphabetical run-down of what’s next.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile (Activision)
The latest update from co-studio head Chris Plummer reiterated that Activision is still closing in on the stated worldwide launch window of spring 2024. Germany and Malaysia are the latest to be added to the soft launch, alongside Australia, Chile, Sweden and Norway.
Candy Crush 3D (King)
As we revealed in December 2023, King is testing this new contender in the growing ‘match 3D’ genre, currently led by Boombox’s Triple Match 3D, Zynga’s Match Factory and Spyke Games’ Tile Busters.
It’s currently only available in Malaysia on Google Play only.
Candy Crush Blast (King)
As we revealed in January 2024, Candy Crush Blast is currently only available on Android in the Philippines, and appears to be King’s take on Peak’s category-leading blast-puzzlers Toy Blast and Toon Blast.
Clash Mini (Supercell)
Supercell’s take on autochess naturally takes a few cues from Clash Royale. It’s available on iOS and Android in 15 countries, including Canada, the Nordics, UK, Philippines, Chile and Singapore.
CSR 3 (Zynga)
Zynga and NaturalMotion quietly released an Android-only version of CSR 3 in Malaysia earlier this week. As you can see in the video above, the CSR community has already been playing it and posting footage of the game to YouTube.
The big innovation with the new game appears to be cornering, which is referenced in the store screenshots above, while the store blurb mentions taking “high-performance cars on a globe-trotting journey steeped in car culture, iconic brands, and intense competition.”
This is a ‘scapes game that leans into a family drama type narrative. It appears to be in soft launch on Android only in the US, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and India.
LEGO Hill Climb Adventures (Fingersoft)
This one has been in soft launch for months, and is only on Android in Vietnam for now, says Sensor Tower. It is exactly what the title suggests: Fingersoft’s popular physicsy arcade racing plus LEGO’s familiar blocky style.
HypeHype (Hype Hype)
The studio formerly known as Frogmind, HypeHype, is now making ‘the TikTok for games’. It’s currently in soft launch in Finland and Philippines.
Marvel Super War (Netease)
A first attempt at a Marvel MOBA, from NetEase. Available on iOS and Android in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and India.
Plants Vs Zombies 3: Welcome to Zomburbia (EA)
This soft launch was announced in January 2024. It is out now on iOS and Android in the UK, Netherlands, Australia and Philippines. At the time EA said it is “near-launch” and a worldwide release will come “later this year”.
Puzzles & Passports (Big Fish)
Unusually, this new travel puzzler from Big Fish in now soft launched in 10 big western markets including the US, Canada, UK, Germany and the Nordics, according to Appmagic. It’s Android only for now.
Rainbow 6 Mobile (Ubisoft)
This big-name shooter’s now in soft launch in Canada, Mexico, Chile and Colombia on iOS and Android, though more territories are being added al the time. Ubisoft also memorably told us that it has 11 studios – plus Tencent! – working on the game.
Royal Kingdom (Dream Games)
This follow-up to the mighty Royal Match is out on iOS and Android in the UK, Canada, Philippines and Turkey. As we discussed in August 2023, it takes the very successful Royal Match formula and adds more PvP competition and a builder element.
Star Match (Peak)
This new match 3 from the maker of Toon Blast and Toy Blast is a follow-on from Star Blast, Peak’s third most popular game to date. It’s in soft launch now, but only on iOS in Turkey.
Star Wars: Hunters
Zynga-owned Brighton studio BossAlien is making this multiplayer arena battler starring some new Star Wars characters. It’s available on iOS and Android in 17 countries, including the Nordics, Philippines, Mexico, India and Brazil.
XCOM Legends (Iridium Starfish)
Here’s a strange one: this game has been in soft launch for years, but has never been officially announced by IP owner 2K. But it has been featured in Apple’s ‘New games we love’ list in the UK App Store in the past, which does not usually feature soft launches.
It is available in a smattering of the typical soft launch markets on iOS plus the UK, and in the UK only on Android.