So, you like mobile games, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as we absolutely love them. So much so that we’ve decided to create a list of all of the big new mobile games of 2021 so that you know what you’ve got to look forward to. We’ll even keep this updated as the year goes on, adding new releases as we discover them, so you’ll never miss out on an exciting new game to play.
It looks set to be a great year too, with the big new mobile games in 2021 including League of Legends: Wild Rift, Diablo Immortal, and Catalyst Black. That’s without even mentioning new games in the Pokémon, Warhammer, and Witcher universe also on the way.
However, if you’re the impatient type, we’ve got plenty of games to recommend you right now. We’ve rounded up the greatest the platforms have to offer with our best iOS games and best Android games lists, and you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in our best mobile RPGs and best mobile MMORPGs lists.
Here are the biggest new mobile games coming in 2021:
- Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier
- Project Cars Go
- Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins
- Dragon Quest Tact
- Castlevania: Moonlight Rhapsody
- Catalyst Black
- Crash Bandicoot: On the Run
- Diablo Immortal
- Farlight 84
- League of Legends: Wild Rift
- Nier: Reincarnation
- Pokémon Unite
- The Witcher: Monster Slayer
- Total War Battles: Warhammer
- Warhammer: Odyssey
FINAL FANTASY VII: THE FIRST SOLDIER
Final Fantasy VII: The First Solider is a flashy battle royale game where you play as a Solider candidate kitted out with killer powers and an arsenal of lethal weapons. Prepare to see plenty of familiar locations and summons as you face off against other players in intense firefights. It’s currently expected to land later this year.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is a made-for-mobile single-player RPG that encompasses the entire Final Fantasy VII timeline. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the excellent Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, and it’s heading to mobile sometime next year.
Project Cars Go
Project Cars Go is the long-awaited mobile spinoff to developer Slightly Mad Studios’ popular racing sim series. This one is targeting a slightly more casual audience, taking some inspiration from the CRS Racing games.
Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins
Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins isn’t your typical licensed mobile game. Hailing from Simulacra and Sara is Missing developer Kaigan Games, this narrative adventure explores the scary side of Doctor Who by pitting you against the creepy weeping angels.
Dragon Quest Tact
Dragon Quest Tact is a strategy RPG that sees you teaming up with some familiar monsters from this classic series. In true gacha style, you can train, customise, and expand your crew as you continue along on your quest, gradually making them unique to you. Basically, it’s shaping up to be a must-play for Dragon Quest and gacha fans.
Castlevania: Moonlight Rhapsody
Do we need to say anything more than ‘new Castlevania game’? Moonlight Rhapsody is a brand new mobile installment in the dark Gothic action-adventure series. Though we don’t know a whole lot about it, from the gameplay video we’ve seen it seems to have decent production values, and looks fairly similar to Symphony of the Night in terms of gameplay.
Though Moonlight Rhapsody is being developed for Chinese markets initially, we’re hopeful the game will head westwards soon after. Either way, it’s one to keep an eye on in 2021.
Vainglory developer Super Evil Megacorp is following up on the success of one of the biggest mobile MOBAs with Catalyst Black, a brand new type of shooter that’s designed to take advantage of our favourite platform.
One of mobile’s greatest assets is convenience, which makes sense given that the vast majority of us are playing in snatches whenever we get a chance. Catalyst Black is perfect for that, as it’s designed for drop in, drop out play. Shoot first, queue… well, never.
Crash Bandicoot: on the run
One of Glen’s most anticipated games of 2021 is a throwback to the ’90s, featuring the world’s favourite Bandicoot. Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is basically a mobile version of the series that you know and love, challenging you to slide, spin, and leap through familiar locations from the series’ history.
When not participating in some classic Crash gameplay, you might expand Coco’s Base. Because you can’t have a mobile game without a side of base building, apparently.
Taking place in between Diablo II and III, Diablo Immortal is a brand new and mobile exclusive entry in the series. It shares a visual style with Diablo III, along with many of the classes, so long-term players will feel right at home.
But it’s not simply a shrunken down version of III for mobile. No, this is a full on MMORPG that takes place in a persistent online world. You can bring your friends along for the ride, or make whole new ones with ease.
Check out everything we know so far, including the Diablo Immortal release date, in our guide.
Mobile is a platform flush with battle royale games, but Lilith’s upcoming hero shooter, Farlight 84, looks like it’s trying to step things up a little. Though undoubtedly influenced by Fortnite in some regards, the game adds a focus on heroes and their abilities. Farlight’s post-apocalyptic setting also features some pretty wild weapons and vehicles, including giant walking spider tanks.
All in all, we’re expecting a strange combo between Fortnite, Brawl Stars, and Borderlands. Either way, it’s definitely one to keep an eye out for in 2021.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
It’s taken its sweet time coming to mobile, but League of Legends will finally make its debut in 2021 with brand new version, League of Legends: Wild Rift. It’s not merely a simplified version for the smaller platform, though. It’s LoL as you know and love it, just designed from the ground up for touchscreens.
In fact, it’s available right now in several territories, so you might not have to wait. We’ve played it, and think it’s a fine representation of the world’s biggest MOBA for the small screen.
Learn more about it in our League of Legends: Wild Rift guide.
The Nier series is coming to mobile, though not in the form of a port. Nier Reincarnation is a new entry that casts you as ‘Girl in White’, who has to explore a world known as the ‘Cage’ as she seeks memories of the past.
You play out these memories, battling enemies in real-time with a wide variety of weapons. There are also a number of different playable characters that you can unlock using the gacha system.
Though we haven’t heard a whole lot about it since then, the first Pokémon MOBA certainly turned heads when it was revealed back in June. Some players were happy, others weren’t, but we’re optimistic about the concept of a Pokémon MOBA, after all, battling is kind of what they do. But Pokémon Unite has lots of fun ideas, and switches the usual aggro-focused MOBA formula to be more about competing to catch Pokémon.
The game is also set to be cross-platform between Switch and mobile, which should help to create a bustling in-game community. Pokémon Unite was originally slated for this year, but it’s likely that we’ll see it arrive in 2021.
The Witcher: Monster Slayer
Some may consider location-based games to be a fad, but we were’ extremely impressed with what we saw from upcoming AR game, The Witcher: Monster Slayer. We got to find out even more details speaking to the developer, including about the combat system, and how it tries to emulate many of the original game series’ elements. Wandering through the world as a Witcher slaying monsters; what more could you ask for?
The Witcher: Monster Slayer underwent a small playtest in New Zealand, and though a release date hasn’t been announced yet, we’re anticipating its arrival in 2021.
Total War Battles: Warhammer
You may not know this, but Sean is a massive Warhammer nerd, and that coupled with his love of strategy has led to thousands of hours playing and reviewing Total War: Warhammer one and two. Needless to say, he’s looking forward to Total War Battles: Warhammer. Though it changes the aesthetic to some extent, the fact it’s being made in partnership with Creative Assembly and Games Workshop as the third installment in the Total War Battles series, shows the amount of trust being placed with NetEase.
Hopefully it’ll retain the same excellent combo of turn-based campaign and RTS battles that makes the Total War series so special. Either way, we’re expecting it in 2021.
World of Warcraft still isn’t available on mobile in any form, so a number of different developers have taken on the challenge of creating a similar experience for the small screen. One of the first, and most successful, of these is One Thumb Mobile, who crafted Celtic Heroes.
It featured a massive open world, a wide variety of characters, and hundreds of hours of gameplay. Now, One Thumb Mobile is working on its next big MMORPG, Warhammer Odyssey, which takes place in the eponymous Warhammer universe and aims to provide a PC-like MMORPG experience on the go.