We’ve already seen some big titles drop, take your newly purchased Android phone for a ride in 2022, games like Apex Legends Mobile coming in May, and the highly anticipated Diablo Immortal’s release following right after. The hype matched the financial success that both games have seen since launch. But that doesn’t mean 2022 is over; many exciting games are still planned for release this year. And with that, we still have plenty of room for potential customers to sneak onto Android’s best games list before the year is out. Let’s dig in!
Rainbow Six Mobile
Rainbow Six Mobile features Rainbow Six Siege’s famous tactical FPS gameplay in bite-sized form; it is a 5v5 hero shooter where you will encounter game modes like safe and bomb, which puts you in a position to play strategically with your team.
So far, Rainbow Six Mobile has undergone alpha testing and recently had a closed beta for select countries. Ubisoft has confirmed a 2022 release window for Android and iOS; pre-registration is already available in Play Store. If you pre-register now, you may still be able to participate in this fall’s closed beta test!
Maybe you found that you liked the polished gameplay of Diablo Immortal, but don’t quite want to spend your money gearing up for the end game. Fortunately, another rival action RPG is coming to Android very soon. The development team behind Torchlight: Infinite recently picked up David Brevik, the creator of Diablo, to oversee all productions regarding this title; so if customization trees, hero classes and hacking/slashing waves of enemies on the map are your thing, you might want to keep an eye on Torchlight: Infinite. The game has undergone some closed beta testing, including the launch of the new PC beta client. The full release is set for 2022, and you can pre-register now on the Play Store to get an early start with the open beta test on October 12th.
Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
It’s been a bumpy ride for Harry Potter fans with so many games delving into the Harry Potter universe either taking too many creative liberties or leaving you with nothing but half-baked gameplay. But it looks like the pattern is finally going to break now that we have some promising prospects on the horizon: an open-world action RPG console/PC title, Hogwarts Legacy, in 2023, and an online mobile card battle RPG, Harry Potter : Magic Awakened, coming this year. The online mobile card battle RPG is currently out in select countries in Asia and has received a positive reception since launch praising the game for its polished gameplay and stunning visuals. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened launches globally in 2022; you can pre-register now in the Play Store.
Another trading card game coming out soon is from the former Hearthstone leader. In this game, you can assemble a team using your favorite iconic villains and heroes from the Marvel universe; matches are set to take just a few minutes each and take place in real-time, aiming to be the fastest 1v1 card battler on the market, ideal for mobile players looking to jump in and out of game sessions. Over 150 cards are said to be available at launch, and you only need 12 cards to form a deck; expect to see further growth on cards/decks in seasonal updates. The official release is on October 18, and pre-registrations are open on the Play Store.
EA Mobile is bringing Battlefied over to Android this year. It will be free to play, but EA Mobile emphasizes that in-app purchases are limited to cosmetics. Veteran Battlefield players will be treated to new and familiar content with Battlefield Mobile. The primary Conquest mode has already been confirmed, but we will have many game modes from the previous Battlefield games making their way to this version, including new exclusive modes made for mobile; there is a lot of customization available on weapons and a few character classes to choose from such as medic and recon. You can’t pre-register yet, but test opportunities for your region may appear, so stay tuned.
Warcraft Rumble Arclight
You’ll feel right at home with Warcraft Rumble Arclight if you’re already familiar with the mechanics behind Clash Royale; you collect, build and raise an army of Warcraft Minis for tactical tower defense gameplay. It has a strong focus on the single-player content, leaving out any form of competitive play, but as you progress through the stages, you’ll face challenges that test the wits and strength of your army. So expect this title to keep you busy for a while. So far, the game has undergone a few beta tests and is currently open for pre-registration; no firm release date yet, but Blizzard plans to try to get the full release by the end of 2022.
In the middle of this year, we were hit with the surprise news that the famous puzzle platformer horror adventure game is coming to mobile. Little Nightmares won Best Indie Game of 2016 at Gamescom and spawned a well-received sequel Little Nightmares II a few years later. And note that this is not the first mobile appearance of the famous cute and creepy game series. We had the series’ prequel, Very Little Nightmares, land on Android in 2019. But now it looks like we’re getting a full port of Little Nightmare from the console and PC version. It is planned to be released in the winter of 2022, which is not that far away.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
Square Enix isn’t done with Final Fantasy VII yet; is fully committed to releasing the full experience of Final Fantasy VII with remakes and remasters, but this time you can get your hands on the entire story of Final Fantasy VII on mobile. Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis tells all the events of Final Fantasy VII by taking pages from every Final Fantasy VII-related title, including the spin-off Dirge of Cerberus, Before Crisis (Japanese mobile game), Crisis Core, and Advent Children (film). According to Square Enix, the story unfolds through episodic installments as a single-player experience; the first part is to be published by the end of 2022.
The year 2022 is not over yet
Even when more than half a year has passed in the blink of an eye, the year 2022 is not over yet. We still have so many more Android titles on the way before 2023. So it’s best to check out some that hit your interests to get in early, especially if you want to play the hot contenders for the best games on Android in 2023.