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Angry Birds 2 Arrives On iOS And Android Devices Next Week

I know you're probably thinking, "Haven't I already played a bunch of Angry Birds sequels?" You're not wrong, but this is the first one to receive the coveted number two after the title.

Regarding what separates this game from the original or any of its many follow-ups – it's not clear yet. A teaser for the game, which you can see below, features realistic pigs and boxes on a realistic beach. It would be easy to mistake it for a teaser for a new Far Cry game.

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On its website, Rovio doesn't offer much more saying it's the "mother of all sequels" and the teaser video's descriptions reads, "On Piggy Island, every day is beach party day. But sooner or later, all parties get crashed…" Whatever it is that separates this Angry Birds from all others, we won't have to wait long to find out. The game will be available on iOS and Android devices on Thursday July 30.

[Source: Rovio] – The Feed

Starbreeze Is Bringing Payday To Mobile Devices

In addition to its StarVR headset announcement tonight, Starbreeze has announced that it is bringing its popular Payday series to mobile devices. The developer is partnering with Cmune to bring the game to new platforms.

Starbreeze didn't share many details about the game, but it says it plans to include competitive options. As part of this collaboration, Starbreeze has made a $ 1 million investment in Cmune.

No release window has yet been discussed. Payday 2 arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 16. – The Feed

EA Sports UFC Releases On Mobile Devices And Tablets

EA Sports UFC, which launched on consoles last year, has hit mobile devices and tablets across the world today. The game allows players to choose from a roster of over 70 fighters to train to become the next champion.

This version of the game had previously launched in South Korea, Canada, Singapore, and Russia. EA Sports has also released a launch trailer showcasing the gameplay of EA Sports UFC on mobile devices. You can check out that video below.

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The console version launched last year and is currently available for free to EA Access premium subscribers. The mobile version is free to download on iOS and Android devices and does not limit how much you can play. – The Feed

Professor Layton And Fantasy Life Sequels Heading To Mobile Devices In Japan

Sequels to two Level-5 franchises were revealed at a recent Level-5 focused event in Japan.

According to a report form Polygon, the new Layton game, titled Layton 7, plays less like a traditional Layton game filled with puzzles, and instead focuses on a single puzzle – figuring out who is a vampire amongst a group of seemingly normal people.

Both games are planned for release on iPhone and Android devices. No plans for a North American release have been announced.

Fantasy Life 2 will continue the gameplay mechanics established by the original 3DS game, letting players choose and level up an assortment of occupations.

For our review of Fantasy Life, head here. For our reviews of the last two Professor Layton games, head here for our review of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and here for our review of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.

[Source: Level-5, (2), via Polygon]


Our Take
Hopefully these titles make it stateside. Both franchises have seen moderate success here, so I would be surprised if they didn't make it over. Fantasy Life in particular, seems well suited for the mobile platform. Check in, do some tasks, sign off, etc. – The Feed

New Devices And Games (Including Uncharted 3) Added To PlayStation Now Service

Sony has announced the introduction of five more PlayStation 3 titles to the PlayStation Now service. Additionally, you can now access the streaming service on more devices.

Coming to the service this month are the following titles:

  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
  • Hustle Kings
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The PlayStation Now service is available on more devices this month. Sony announced that its 2015 blu-ray players in the United States and 2014 televisions in the U.S. and Canada now support game streaming.

PlayStation Now is available as a monthly subscription program (for $ 19.99 per month or $ 44.99 for three months) or a la carte with per-title rental fees for various periods of time. For more on the service, check out our past coverage, including Sony’s recent buyout of OnLive’s assets and patents.

[Source: Sony]


Our Take
Even with the OnLive assets (and loss of a meager competitor), I have a hard time believing that game streaming is a viable service. The library has a lot of room to grow, and a wider range of titles from across generations need to become available before it becomes too good to pass up. – The Feed

New Star Wars Rebels Game Launches On Mobile Devices

The first season of Disney's popular Star Wars Rebels television show recently wrapped up. Fans were given plenty to cheer about, including classic ship designs, and an attitude-driven droid named Chopper. We'll get our first look at season two at this year's Star Wars Celebration (starting on April 16), and we can embark on a new mission as Ezra Bridger in the newly released Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

The first four levels of the game are free. Another 30-plus stages can be unlocked through in-app purchases. The game gives you control of Ezra and Kanan in sidescrolling action stages, and also lets you build your own Rebel base with unlockable goods. Check out the trailer below for a brief look at the action.

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Our Take
It's great to see the show getting a game and it's even better than fans can try it for free to see if it's something they want to devote their time and money to. – The Feed

Nintendo And DeNA Announce Alliance To Bring New Games To Mobile Devices

At long last, we know how Nintendo will be proceeding in the mobile space. Today, the house of Mario and DeNA, a major publisher of mobile titles worldwide, announced an alliance to bring Nintendo IP to mobile devices.

The games that DeNA will be working on are completely new, rather than ports of existing titles. Nintendo's entire slate of intellectual property is open to the mobile company to tap for its creations. Nintendo continues to hope that its mobile presence will drive interest in its dedicated video game console devices, something the company has stated as a goal for entering the smartphone and tablet space. 

In addition, DeNA will be developing a membership service for Nintendo that will be accessible on PC, 3DS, and Wii U. The as yet unnamed service is targeted for launch later this year, however it was not specified if this will be a regional rollout or if the duo will attempt worldwide release.

As part of this arrangement, the two companies are exchanging capital investments. Nintendo is set to acquire 15,081,000 shares of DeNA stock (approximately 10 percent of outstanding shares) at a total value of ¥22 billion ($ 181.36 million). DeNA will acquire the same cash value of Nintendo stock, totaling 1,759,400 shares or 1.24 percent of outstanding shares.

DeNA recently released a Transformers mobile title and is working with Square to release Final Fantasy Record Keeper. No specific titles have yet been announced for the partnership.


Our Take
This is, put simply, enormous news. Nintendo investors have been clamoring for the company to go after a piece of the huge mobile pie. This arrangement sets up Nintendo to leverage its characters without sacrificing its back catalog or dedicated hardware experiences. What remains to be seen is how Nintendo will transition mobile consumers to gaming hardware (whether 3DS or Wii U).  

Equally exciting is the new membership service which may be the replacement for Club Nintendo. This could very well be a step toward the account-based licensing system that Nintendo so desperately needs. All together, this is a big day for both Nintendo and DeNA and could set both on a path to even bigger success. – The Feed

SXPD patrols monochromatic panels on Android, iOS devices

In SXPD, a comic book and video game hybrid now available on iOS and Android devices, an all-female police force patrols New Royale, the United States’ hidden 52nd (yes, 52nd) state that’s owned by the richest man in the country. The Secret Order of …
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Android devices may now open The Last Door Collector’s Edition

Halloween may be over, but you can still relive the good old spooky days on your Android device with The Last Door Collector’s Edition, which is now available via Google Play. A related press release and Facebook post also lists the game for iOS, but…
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Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Terra Battle Comes To Mobile Devices October 9

During PAX in late August, we had a chance to sit down with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to check out his upcoming mobile game. Terra Battle is a new take on mobile RPGs, with a grid-based strategy system that will have your fingers dancing across the glass.

In order to do damage, you’ll need to flank enemy monsters. Thankfully, you can nudge your party members as you’re moving around and line up characters to include their attacks. 

It’s a unique systems that is perfectly suited for touch devices. You’ll be able to check it out for yourself on October 9, when the game comes to iOS and Android devices. It’s free-to-play, so you can give it a try without committing to it long-term.

The more people that download it, the more will be added to the game. Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio calls this a “download starter” (in the spirit of Kickstarter, but without the financial contributions). You can read more about that in our preview.


Our Take
I have some reservations about the game’s energy-based system, but the gameplay is clever enough that I will be giving it a try. It carries the aesthetic of classic Square Enix titles, but offers something new in terms of gameplay that I haven’t seen done before in mobile. – The Feed