Top 5 Upcoming Shooters For Mobile Devices


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Top 5 Upcoming Shooters For Mobile Devices

Nutan Lele
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  • Many developers and publishers planning mobile releases for popular PC titles.
  • With big names like EA, KRAFTON and Riot Games involved, our list for top 5 upcoming shooters for mobile devices is lit.

Mobile gaming has become very popular over the last seven years and these five upcoming shooters for mobile are proof of that. Big companies like EA are entering the mobile gaming space with Battlefield and Apex Legends, originally two popular PC titles. While KRAFTON is doubling down on the success of PUBG Mobile by releasing its sequel PUBG: New State. Battlegrounds Mobile India was also teased to fill the void left by PUBG Mobile’s ban in India. These top upcoming shooters for mobile certainly have a lot of potential. With so many developers and publishers declaring war on the mobile game battlefield, it remains to be seen which of these top five upcoming shooters for mobile will dominate.

Apex Legends Mobile 

Apex Legends Mobile, the mobile version of the popular PC battle royale has been hinted at since May 2019 by Electronic Arts (EA). EA finally confirmed that they were planning to release it before March 2022. The closed beta version of Apex Legends Mobile is now live for a select few users in India. Another closed beta is planned for the Philippines in May 2021.

Apex Legends Mobile is open for pre-registration on the Google Play Store. | Source: EA 

However, the hardware requirements for the game seem demanding. Players with Android devices will need a Snapdragon 625 or higher processor. For iOS users, A11 Bionic and above are required, meaning iPhone 8, 10.5 iPad Pro, or newer devices will be able to play it. Respawn will be rolling out Apex Legends Mobile in series of global tests. Players can head to their Google Play Store page and pre-register for one of the most anticipated upcoming shooters for mobile. 

Battlefield Mobile 

EA’s mobile studio Industrial Toys is teaming up with DICE to bring a new Battlefield game exclusively to mobile devices. The game is expected to launch sometime in 2022 for smartphones and tablets. This game will be a standalone title, separate from the PC and console version of Battlefield’s new game which is set to launch later this year. The upcoming Battlefield mobile game will be a “fully-fledged, skill-based” game according to Oskar Gabrielson, general manager at DICE. Battlefield Mobile will be available on Android and iOS devices for both smartphones and tablets, however, there is no word yet on controller support or the minimum hardware requirements. 

PUBG: New State

Since it was listed on Google Play Store, PUBG: New State has crossed the 10 million pre-registrations mark. The mobile game, believed to be a successor to one of the most popular battle royale games of all time, PUBG Mobile, was announced in February this year and has been available for pre-registrations on both Google Play ever since. PUBG: New State pre-registrations have not been made available in India as the company is working on first re-launching PUBG Mobile in the country. The game will be available for alpha testing starting Q2, 2021. 

PUBG: New State is set in 2051 with futuristic technology and warfare, making it one of our most awaited top upcoming shooters for mobile. | Source: KRAFTON

According to the game's listing on the Google Play Store, the game will require Android Marshmallow 6.0 or higher. It will also require at least 2.5GB RAM. It is not yet known if there will be a 'Lite' version of the game for lower-end devices. We can't wait to see what the developers have in store for us.

Battlegrounds Mobile India  

A few days ago KRAFTON announced ‘Battlegrounds Mobile India', the India-exclusive battle royale the studio had been working on following the ban of PUBG Mobile in the country. The new game will be released with exclusive outfits, features, and in-game events. KRAFTON also seeks to build its own esports ecosystem for the country with various tournaments and leagues. The game will be free to play and will be playable on mobile devices. 

Earlier in November 2020, PUBG Mobile India was announced by Krafton with various new features including the game being set in "a virtual simulation training ground," instead of the battlefields, automatic clothing for characters, time restriction for underage players, and green hit effects (to replace the red blood colored ones). Unfortunately, a game with that title did not officially launch in the Play Store or the iOS store. Battlegrounds Mobile India could be a renamed version of this previously announced game. 

The game has already generated a tonne of hype with players in the country. This short snippet was viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube, making it one of the greatly anticipated top upcoming shooters for mobile. There is no official release date just yet but pre-registrations will open up at a later date and fans will be able to sign up on their mobile devices to get notified as soon as the game is available for download.  

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Valorant Mobile (Pre-registration unconfirmed)

Sources at Riot Games told IGN India that Valorant Mobile is in the works as Riot Games is looking at mobile markets to introduce the game. Earlier this year, popular leaker PlayerIGN alleged that Valorant Mobile might be announced at E3 2021 in a video. 

In a new development, Valorant Mobile is now listed on TapTap along with a pre-registration option for both Android and iOSThe listing has a ‘Developer On Board’ badge with Riot Games Inc. listed as the developer. However, the creatives used for Valorant Mobile’s listing are inconsistent and it is currently uncertain if the page is official. AFK Gaming has reached out to Riot Games for an update. If Valorant comes to mobile in the next few years, its definitely going to give other releases on this list competition for the top upcoming shooters for mobile.

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Nutan is AFK Gaming's source for everything from Twitch to the Twitterati. Her focus lies in distilling esports content from around the world. As the former captain of Girlaxy India, she brings an experienced eye in analysing the League of Legends scene.