New releases, Industry movements and more

Gaming friendos, welcome to your monthly dose of all things exciting in the world of mobile gaming. March 2024 was been packed with thrilling developments, from hot new game releases to major industry movements. So, in this article, I aim to give a comprehensive look at all the thrilling gaming experiences the previous month had in store for us with this Monthly Mobile Gaming News Roundup for March 2024.

Monthly Mobile Gaming News Roundup for March 2024

Week 1: March 01 to March 07

Executive Summary

Several new games were announced and released for mobile platforms this week. Ironhide Studios unveiled Kingdom Rush 5: Alliance, while Kwalee launched their game optimization platform Hitseeker. Additionally, multiplayer shooter MerX and strategy title Godzilla x Kong: Titan Chasers had soft launches in specific regions. Fans of anime enjoyed the release of Blue Lock BLAZE BATTLE in Japan, while flight simulation enthusiasts got Aerofly FS Global.

Meanwhile, pre-registration opened for MLB RIVALS and Thomas & Friends: Let’s Roll, while CLUB game started registration for closed beta testing. In industry news, casual gaming is predicted to thrive this year, and Warner Bros. Discovery announced a focus on mobile and free-to-play titles. Unfortunately, Volzerk announced its shutdown. Lastly, Candy Crush Solitaire, Kingdom: The Blood, Hades, BLEACH: Soul Reaper, and Wartune Ultra made waves with their releases.

Highlights

  • Kingdom Rush 5 announced: Ironhide Studios announced Kingdom Rush 5: Alliance for Android and iOS.
  • Hitseeker unveiled: Kwalee launches its new Publishing Platform to optimize Mobile Game Development.
  • MerX soft launch: Multiplayer PvP shooter, MerX, soft launches on Android in selected regions.
  • Godzilla x Kong soft launch: Tilting Point’s new strategy title, Godzilla x Kong: Titan Chasers, gets a soft launch in the Philippines.
  • Blue Lock BLAZE BATTLE launch: Blue Lock BLAZE BATTLE, the sports title based on the popular anime, gets a launch for mobile in Japan.
  • Aerofly FS Global available: Aerofly FS Global, a realistic flight simulation title, is now available on Android and iOS.
  • MLB RIVALS pre-registration soon: MLB RIVALS, a mobile baseball sim developed by Com2uS, to open its pre-registration soon.
  • Thomas & Friends: Let’s Roll pre-registration: Thomas & Friends: Let’s Roll, based on the kids’ TV series, opens pre-registration on Android and iOS.
Thomas Friends Let's Roll coverThomas Friends Let's Roll cover
Image via StoryToys
  • Casual Gaming in 2024: Reports suggest that casual Gaming can be the bankable genre for mobile developers in 2024.
  • CLUB game registration opens: CLUB game, the football management title, opens registration ahead of a closed beta test.
  • Candy Crush Solitaire soft launch: Candy Crush Solitaire, King’s latest in the popular franchise, gets a soft launch for iOS in Canada.
  • Kingdom: The Blood global release: Kingdom: The Blood is now available globally on Android and iOS.
  • Hades iOS launch: Hades, the roguelike dungeon crawler, to launch this March 19th on iOS via Netflix Games.
  • BLEACH: Soul Reaper official launch: BLEACH: Soul Reaper, a new turn-based RPG title, gets an official launch in the SEA region.
  • Volzerk shutdown: Volzerk, the monster-filled action RPG, announced shut down on March 29, 2024.
  • Warner Bros. Discovery gaming strategy: Warner Bros. Discovery looks to focus its gaming strategy on mobile and free-to-play titles.
  • Wartune Ultra official launch: Wartune Ultra, the popular web MMORPG, gets an official launch on Android and iOS.

Week 2: March 08 to March 14

Executive Summary

Kicking off mobile gaming news for the second week of March 2024 was Fortnite’s return to iOS, which faced a setback. Meanwhile, a mobile game based on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is in development, targeting a 2025 launch. Gaming creator Maxtern stirred controversy after an alleged attack by Bigg Boss fame Elvish Yadav.

The release date for The Division Resurgence got pushed to December 2024. Civilization: Eras & Allies entered early access, and Stone Age: Digital Edition, Goddess Order, and Paper Trail were announced. Mobies Awards 2024 will take place in London this summer. Clash Mini ceased development while NetEase’s Hyper Front was rebranded as Operation Apocalypse in China.

Highlights

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Image Via 2K Games

Week 3: March 15 to March 21

Executive Summary

One Piece Dream Pointer is set to launch in China, while Queen Link, Monster Never Cry, Boomerang RPG: Watch out, Dude!, and COD Warzone Mobile saw releases. The mobile games industry saw massive growth in 2023, generating 40 billion downloads and $53 billion in revenue. LinkedIn announced plans to introduce games on its platform. Unfortunately, there’s sad news from Genshin Impact as Lee Woo-ri, the voice actor for ‘Cyno,’ passed away.

Balatro and Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago were announced, while Solo Leveling:ARISE, Netmarble’s ARPG, began early access in Canada and Thailand. Pre-registration is open for Azur Promilia, and Construction Simulator 4. Battle Rivals: Epic Clash enters early access, and the Epic Games Store is expected to come to iOS and Android by the end of 2024. Additionally, Arena Breakout pokes fun at Warzone Mobile’s optimization, while BATTLE CRUSH starts its 2nd beta test.

Highlights

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Image via Netmarble
  • Solo Leveling:ARISE early access: Solo Leveling:ARISE, Netmarble’s ARPG, to begin early access in Canada and Thailand.
  • COD Warzone Mobile release: COD Warzone Mobile set to release on March 21, 2024, with cross-progress support.
  • Azur Promilia pre-registration: Azur Promilia, a fantasy RPG coming to Mobile, PC, and Consoles; pre-registration now open.
  • Construction Simulator 4 launch: Construction Simulator 4 is set to launch for Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch on May 28, 2024.
  • Battle Rivals: Epic Clash early access: Battle Rivals: Epic Clash, Miniclip’s new strategy title, enters early access in select regions.
  • Epic Games Store mobile launch: The Epic Games Store is coming to iOS and Android by the end of 2024.
  • Arena Breakout’s troll on Warzone Mobile: Arena Breakout takes a subtle dig at Warzone Mobile, trolling its poor optimization.
  • BATTLE CRUSH beta test: BATTLE CRUSH starts 2nd beta test on Android and PC in 97 countries.

Week 4: March 22 to March 28

Executive Summary

The week started off with some spicy controversies as Tech giants Microsoft, Meta, and X align with Epic against Apple’s court ruling. A former executive of Yoozoo Games receives a death sentence for poisoning the company’s founder. COD Warzone Mobile achieves average results on day one. Brawl Stars experiences a surge in revenue and monthly active users. Tencent plans to release Assassin’s Creed Jade in 2025 and plans to develop mobile games inspired by Palworld.

Rumble Club and Age of Empires: Mobile enters early access. Dark and Darker Mobile prepares for a closed beta test. Tencent’s Tarisland and Haikyu!! FLY HIGH opens pre-registration. Skate Fish, Cassette Beasts, Howl, and Witch Cry 2 are set to release on mobile. Asphalt 9: Legends evolves into Asphalt Legends UNITE. Misfits Gaming ventures into game development with Misfits Interactive. World of Warships: Legends and JUMP: Assemble debuts on mobile. NetEase Games and Sandsoft partner to introduce Stellar Gate Games. Lonesome Village and Wildfrost are scheduled for release on April 11th, 2024.

Highlights

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Image via Whitethorn Games
  • Brawl Stars revenue and MAU surge: Brawl Stars revenue jumped to almost 9x and MAU to 2.4x in 2024 compared to last year.
  • Assassin’s Creed Jade release: Assassin’s Creed Jade release is expected in 2025 as Tencent sharpens focus on DreamStar.
  • Rumble Club early access: Rumble Club, a fun multiplayer action title, enters early access for Android and iOS in select regions.
  • Tencent’s Palworld mobile games: Tencent’s TiMi and Lightspeed Studios are developing mobile games inspired by Palworld.
  • Sonic Toys Party announcement: Sonic Toys Party looks to be the next Fall Guys-inspired mobile title with a Sonic twist.
  • KRAFTON’s Dark and Darker Mobile closed beta: KRAFTON’s Dark and Darker Mobile set for closed beta test from April 24 to 28, 2024.
  • Tencent’s Tarisland pre-registration: Tarisland, Tencent’s MMORPG, opens pre-registration for Android and iOS.
  • Age of Empires: Mobile early access: Age of Empires: Mobile secretly launches Early Access on Android in the Philippines.
  • Cassette Beasts mobile release: Cassette Beasts, Bytten Studio’s Creature-collecting RPG title, will soon be available for mobile.
  • Howl release: Howl, a tactical folktale title, is now available on Android and iOS.
  • Witch Cry 2 release: Witch Cry 2: The red hood, a horror survival game, is coming to Android and iOS in March 2024.
Witch Cry 2 The red hood coverWitch Cry 2 The red hood cover
Image via Keplerians Horror Games

Week 5: March 29 to March 31

Executive Summary

Mobile gaming news at the end of March 2024 was filled with releases. Teeny Tiny Trains, a rail-connecting puzzle by Short Circuit Studio, and PolyGuns FPS – Shooter Strike, an action title get launched. Metal Slug: Awakening conducts a closed beta test for Android and PC.

RAGNAROK Vertical, Gravity’s 3D MMORPG, City of Outlaws, a gangster adventure similar to GTA, and JetSynthesys’ sports title, 2K Cricket, enter early access. Little Land, a Grounded-like survival game, is officially launched for Android in selected regions. Honor of Kings is set to release in India in June 2024.

Highlights

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Image via JetSynthesys

That’s all about my roundup for March 2024! Read the previous month roundups below

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