In the last couple of years, the handheld industry has blossomed into its own beast within the gaming space. With many upcoming mobile games being released every year, gamers have to know what games to look forward to! This article will focus on the upcoming anime mobile games in 2023 and beyond, and you will be surprised to find that a lot of big titles are gearing up to tap into the mobile market!
Noted that we’ll be taking mobile games launching in Japan, Korea, and worldwide into consideration, so you can have a better look at what the gaming industry is heading towards! Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell us which one you expect the most!
Black Clover M: Rise of the Wizard King
Based on the popular anime and manga series, Black Clover M is a turn-based RPG featuring stunning 3D graphics, new scenarios, and character episodes. Published by Garena, the game has just finished its first CBT in November and is set to be released worldwide in the first half of 2023.
In Black Clover M, players will form a party of four and fight against enemies using a variety of abilities for each character. Each character can pick from up to four different moves with different elemental properties and bonuses, allowing you to strategize and swiftly take down your foes with all of the magic from the series! The game also features a rich character customization system, allowing players to enjoy a vast combination of looks through high-quality cosmetic items.
▍Black Clover M: Rise of the Wizard King Trailer
Fire Force: Enbu no Sho
The turn-based RPG Fire Force: Enbu no Sho retells the story of the series while also introducing new original artwork and character stories. The game’s developers Mobcast Games and extra mile haven’t announced a release date but it will be available on mobile and PC via DMM Games in Japan.
The mobile game allows players to create teams of four and battle it out against Infernals and the many enemies of the series. Each turn you can have characters perform one of four actions with varying power levels and energy requirements. Build a team of balanced characters to have buffers, healers, and damage dealers and unleash flashy attacks taken from the anime!
▍Fire Force: Enbu no Sho Teaser PV
Jujutsu Kaisen Phantom Parade
Jujutsu Kaisen Phantom Parade has been around for some time when it comes to the upcoming highly-anticipated mobile game. First announced in June 2021, the game was initially planned for a 2022 release in Japan. Unfortunately, it seems that Sumzap is having some rough times with development and the mobile game has been delayed until this spring.
But with such a big title that is heading to the mobile market, how could we not be excited? On top of just being an adaptation, Jujutsu Kaisen Phantom Parade will also feature in-depth character stories, along with new characters and episodes. In this turn-based RPG, you will take control of the Jujutsu sorcerers and relive the epic battles of the series.
▍Jujutsu Kaisen Phantom Parade Trailer
Haikyuu!! Touch the Dream
As the long-awaited mobile game adaptation of the anime and manga series by Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! Touch the Dream is a 3D volleyball mobile game with fully-voice acted scenes and dialogue featuring all of the voice actors from the original series. The game features loads of content including a full story mode, PvP, tournaments, and more game modes coming to the game as it receives further updates. The mobile game is set to release this winter and apparently, it will be available in Japan and Korea only.
The volleyball card game asked players to build their teams based on their favorite characters from the series, with each of them specializing in certain positions and coming up with ability cards. The game’s dynamic comes from you and an opponent’s team battling it out on the field, comparing the stats of each card and how well they can respond to offensive and defensive maneuvers!
▍Haikyuu!! Touch the Dream Trailer
Solo Leveling: Arise
The popular web novel series Solo Leveling by South Korean writer Chugong has been raising some attention after an anime adaptation was announced for 2023. And this time, an action RPG by Netmarble continues to bring the franchise under focus. While the PC/ mobile game is still under development in Korea and we don’t really know when it will officially launch. The quality and flashy 3D graphics showcased in the trailer do give us high hope for the title.
Solo Leveling: Arise will share the same worldview as the original story, as players level up the characters and awaken them to the strongest hunter. According to a recent demo exhibited at G-Star 2022, the PC/ mobile game will feature three game modes; including a “Story Mode” that depicts the growth of the protagonist Sung, a “Hunter Mode” that allows you to operate hunters from various guilds, and “Time Attack Mode” that you have to defeat the enemy quickly.
▍Solo Leveling: Arise G-Star 2022 Trailer
The Seven Deadly Sins: Origin
It’s obvious that Netmarble is coming strong in 2023 with another AAA game, The Seven Deadly Sins: Origin, a brand-new open-world game crafted for mobile, PC, and consoles. As a sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, the game features a multiverse worldview, where the player goes on an adventure in the continent of Britannia where time and space are intertwined with Meliodas and his son Tristan. But still, even with a promising PV that showcases some in-game footage, it was unclear when the game will actually release.
The open-world title allows players to freely move around and manipulate the characters from the original series to engage in real-time battles. The previously revealed promotion video has confirmed that players can switch characters between battles with footage showcasing Meliodas, Gowther, Gilthunder, and Tristan as playable characters. An original character created by the manga author Nakaba Suzuki will also join the game.
▍The Seven Deadly Sins: Origin G-Star 2022 Trailer
takt Op. Destiny in the City of Crimson Melody
While the Takt Op. Destiny anime has taken the world by storm with its gorgeous character designs and fantastic music, the multimedia project further brings to the mobile game industry with the announcement of takt Op. Destiny in the City of Crimson Melody. The game’s development has a rough start when it was originally set for a 2021 release in Japan but was later delayed to Spring 2023.
The core combat to takt op. mobile will have you building a team of up to four Musicart in turn-based command battles. Each Musicart can perform an action such as attacking, healing, or musical ability. The mobile game also features a fast-forward and skip function for quicker farming if you’re able to beat a stage under certain conditions. You can also opt to have your characters battle automatically, choosing their own commands based on the flow of battle.
▍takt Op. Destiny in the City of Crimson Melody PV3
Taking place in the same universe as the Engage Kiss multi-media series, Engage Kill is a mobile RPG with an original scenario written by Fumiaki Maruto, creator of White Album 2, and character design by Date A Live’s illustrator, Tsunako. The mobile game is set to release in Japan in Spring 2023.
Set in Baylong City, an artificial island built outside the jurisdiction of any country, the island was created to mine a special resource called Orgonium, but mining efforts have caused an outbreak of D Disasters, resulting in horrifying demons being attracted to the city. To combat them, multiple Private Military Companies are hired to deal with the demons, with the game’s main characters Chloe and Kisara respectively being a part of one of these PMCs.
▍Engage Kill Trailer
Kingdom Hearts: Missing-Link
Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link was announced all the way back in April and will be a new mobile installment for the series. Set in Scala ad Caelum, the mobile game will fill out the gaps left in between the stories of previous mobile entries to Kingdom Hearts, Union X, and Dark Road. Though the release date was unspecified, a prototype test is set to begin for iOS devices in Japan on January 13.
The mobile action RPG allows up to 6 players to join, battling heartless in either portrait or landscape mode. The gameplay looks to be a mobile version of Kingdom Heart 3’s core mechanics with free-flow combat, spell casting, and abilities, with assets and areas taken from that game as well. It also looks like the game will feature a gacha system for ability statues based on the characters from the game, as you can spot characters using abilities with a small figurine next to them based on characters from Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy like Terra, Donald, Cloud, and more.
▍Kingdom Hearts: Missing-Link Trailer
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis
As a project to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis plans to retell the Final Fantasy VII series of games, including the side content, into one singular experience for smartphones. A closed beta test of the game is set to be held in the summer of 2023 worldwide, so the mobile game will most probably come at the end of the year or 2024.
In this real-time auto-battling RPG, players can play through an abridged version of FF7 legendary episodes at any time from beginning to end. The mobile game will also feature a new original story exploring the untold past and origins of characters like Sephiroth. In terms of battles, characters attack foes by themselves, but aside from that, you’ll be the one dictating their actions from whether they should go on the offensive or defensive.
▍Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Winter 2022 Trailer
DanMachi Battle Chronicle
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the light novel series, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?/ DanMachi Battle Chronicle was announced for mobile and planned for a Spring 2023 release in Japan. Unlike the other mobile entries of the series, It will be a 3D-action RPG that allows you to relive the story and famous battles in anime-like 3D graphics.
In simple yet profound battles, players can enjoy exhilarating action with a variety of attacks and evasions, including the special moves that appear in the series. Make your own party by combining multiple training elements such as Adventurers, Assistants, and Scene Cards, and set out on your own adventures.
▍DanMachi Battle Chronicle Reveal Trailer
Laid-Back Camp Mobile: Everyone Connected All-In-One
The popular manga and anime series Laid-Back Camp is finally been adapted into a mobile game with a Spring 2023 planned release date! While it may be hard for fans to imagine how the series’ relaxing and easygoing lifestyle is put on mobile devices, Laid-Back Camp Mobile: Everyone Connected All-In-One is actually an adorable camping simulation game where you customize your campsites to be the best it can be for the girls!
The mobile game also has a story mode so that you can take the girls along for an adventure of camping fun and relatable situations, pick up new outfits and accessories for them, make food and improve on local campsites found throughout Japan and the Yamanashi area. The game features over 1000 items for you to customize your campsite, creating multiple kinds of camp layouts based on the experience you want your girls to have.
▍Laid-Back Camp Mobile Gameplay Introduction
Towa Tsugai is said to be a “couple-training fantasy RPG” by Square Enix. Set in a world eroded by the “black sea” and overrun with magical beasts coming from its waters, the title follows the girls that specialized in taking on these beasts. Known as “Birds”, the girls pair up together and become “couples,” which immensely grows their power. Towa Tsugai is scheduled to release for iOS and Android on February 16, 2023.
In this upcoming mobile game, players get to pick between a wide variety of characters voiced by recognizable voice actors, and pair them up with their chosen bird to become “Couples”. Train your couples, bond, grow, and fight together to become powerful enough to end this threat once and for all.
▍Towa Tsugai Trailer
Honkai: Star Rail
As one of the stardom franchises of HoYoVerse, Honkai expands its universe to a brand new addition Honkai: Star Rail, which takes place several years after Honkai Impact 3rd.
This sci-fi story starts off in space as the Astral Express and its crew makes their way to the Herta Space Station for a delivery. However, Voidrangers from the Antimatter Legion attack and so characters from both the Astral Express and the station has to fight them off. During the skirmish, some new bonds are formed and characters are determined to go exploring different worlds in order to get answers on an object known as Stellaron.
While you can find similarities between Honkai: Star Rail and HoYoVerse’s biggest hit Genshin Impact when it comes to the 3D graphics and animation style, Honkai: Star Rail is actually a turn-based RPG instead of an open-world action game. What’s more important is that most of the signature characters from the Honkai franchise will return with new ones kept adding to the roster. The game is currently heading to its second beta and is slated to launch for PC and mobile sometime in 2023.
Read More: Honkai Star Rail CBT Review – A Trailblazing Tactical RPG Experience
▍Honkai: Star Rail Reveal Trailer
Zenless Zone Zero
HoYoVerse also has another game project, Zenless Zone Zero, under its belt and this time, it will be an urban fantasy action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic metropolitan city. The game is said to have extreme action gameplay, as players take on the role of a “Proxy” to embark on an adventure to uncover the secrets in New Eridu, the last bastion of civilization.
The system appears to be outwardly similar to that used by Honkai Impact 3rd, with an emphasis on three-character teams fighting in relatively closed arenas, rapid character-switching, and flashy combos. The game will be released for PC, iOS, and Android; the date is yet to be revealed.
▍Zenless Zone Zero 18-Minute Gameplay Trailer
Chinese developer Papergames is transforming its world-hit dress-up game Shining Nikki into a brand-new open-world game. Featuring a vast open world with the series’ fantasy worldview, Infinity Nikki is scheduled to be released worldwide on PlayStation, PC, iOS, and Android.
Players can explore the majestic mountains and beautiful cityscape in Miraland with Niki. The game will also have an unprecedented number of costumes and beautiful accessories. Costumes have various functions, and the player can acquire various abilities through different coordination. Get ready for a fantasy world where you can experience a variety of activities such as flying, fishing, and catching insects!
▍Infinity Nikki Announcement Trailer
The long-awaited Limbus Company has finally confirmed a worldwide release date on February 27 after several delays. As the third game from Project Moon, gamers’ expectations are rocket high considering the success of its two previous games, Lobotomy Corporation and Library of Ruina. All share the common theme of being inspired by horror stories, particularly the ones created through the SCP Foundation collaborative fiction project. Limbus Company is also the developer’s first attempt to tap into the mobile market.
As the commanding officer to the Sinners, you are tasked with attempting to contain and destroy the abnormalities left in the wake of the events of the previous two titles. Direct Sinners to fight enemies in turn-based combat, chaining together links and commands in a sort of Match-3, finger-swiping puzzle gameplay.
▍Limbus Company Official Trailer
Blue Reflection Sun
Announced alongside the PC and console game Blue Reflection Tie, Blue Reflection Sun is a mobile spinoff to the beloved bishojo franchise by Gust. Sticking to what the series was known for, Blue Reflection Sun focused on the concepts of interaction between the girls and personal growth through sharing experiences with people.
In Blue Reflection Sun, the world is covered in Ash, a substance that causes irreparable damage to the human body, while the girls also have to fight off vicious monsters by taking on the form of “Reflectors”, powerful magical girls able to wield the elements. The game is planned to release for mobile and PC via DMM Games in Japan this winter.
▍Blue Reflection Sun Trailer
Evil Prince and the Puppet
Drecom joins hands with stage actor-training game A3!’s developer Liber Entertainment for Evil Prince and the Puppet, a new dark fantasy adventure game that is slated to arrive in the mobile market in 2023 in Japan. The mobile game centers around Prince Dia, who destroyed his own country after falling into the darkness, the loyal knight Espada, and the princess of the neighboring country, Fiori.
Promoted as “an unprecedented story where demons and humans intersect,” the Joseimuke game wins the heart of the girls with tons of stunning visuals and character designs. It also raised some voices as Natsuki Hanae, the voice of Demon Slayer’s Tanjiro Kamado, is casting the role of a princess. On the contrary, Yū Kobayashi, who is known to be Ayame Sarutobi of Gintama, takes the role of the dark prince.
▍Evil Prince and the Puppet Trailer
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Northern War
While it has already been a joy to know that The Legend of Heroes game franchise is getting an anime adaptation, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Northern War is also getting a mobile game with a planned launch in 2023 in Japan.
Developed by UserJoy, the same developer of The Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki, the mobile game will feature a story mode based on the events of the anime, along with a new playable story and unique characters. The ARCUS II system from Trails of Cold Steel III is also featured in this title, with players being able to explore the world while advancing through the story.
World II World
Developed by Aniplex and DeskWorks!, the indie studio that created the award-winning RPG TIME: The Legend of Wright, World II World is no ordinary mobile game as the developers claimed it to be a traditional single-player RPG without any social/ multiplayer elements. World II World is scheduled for release in Japan this Winter.
Set in three divided worlds, the 2D sidescrolling game is split into two screens, in which players enjoy different stories unfolding on the upper and lower screens. As the mobile game is set in a world divided into two, the scenario will proceed separately on the upper and lower screens, with two viewpoints showcased at the same time.
The mobile game has also prepared a lot of gimmicks making use of the two split-screen features. For instance, if you launch a rocket at the lower screen, the rocket will fly above and assists the battles on the upper screen. The game will also require you to use both hands to do simple actions at the same time on the two screens. This system may sound familiar on the DS, but it will be the first of its kind in mobile games.
▍World II World Trailer
Ikemen Villains: Wrapped in Wicked Romance
As the 10th-anniversary celebration mobile game of the Ikemen series, Ikemen Villains: Wrapped in Wicked Romance certainly lives up to its expectation with attractive visuals and an intriguing story plot. Falling for the villains seems to be the current trend in the world of otome games, and Cybird will unquestionably make it as enticing as it could be.
The mobile game depicts a romance story with nine villains in 19th century England, based on the concept revolving around the darkest and sexiest addictive love. Before the nine men succumb to their curse, the heroine is forced to live a sweet sinful life, because love is one thing that drives them absolutely crazy. Ikemen Villains: Wrapped in Romance is set to release in the spring of 2023 for Android and iOS in Japan.
▍Ikémen Villains Teaser Trailer
Hitori no Shita: The Outcast
Under One Person – The Outcast may not be a very familiar name in the Western community but the Chinese webcomic by Dong Man Tang is actually gaining fame with its right-to-the-point portrayals of martial arts. The Japanese version of the series has been serialized in the web magazine Shounen Jump+ since December 22, 2017, under the title Hitori no Shita.
And the intensive action of Hitori no Shita will be brought to the mobile platform by MoreFun Studios, a subsidiary of Tencent Games. With a fusion of modern Chinese culture, mystical martial arts action, and supernatural folklore, the game will adapt to the events of the webcomic series. And according to what was shown in the gameplay trailer, the game intrigues with its distinctive art style, exciting fighting animations, and kinetic combat system. The mobile game is still under development with no planned release date.
▍Hitori no Shita: The Outcast Gameplay Trailer
With an ambitious tagline of having “the largest story in volume in the history of mobile games,” Aster Tatariqus is a 3D strategy RPG set in a fantasy world where aspiring youths attend Astera academy, a prestigious school that teaches you everything you need to know from sorcery, swordplay, tactics, and more in a bid to raise the world’s next greatest heroes.
You play as Noire on his journey to become a hero with his schoolmates, battling it out against the forces of Barbaroy, a faction of demons and monstrous creatures with the goal of wiping out humanity from history. The mobile game apparently also apparently will have some connection to FgG studio’s Phantom of the Kill, but this connection has yet to be revealed. Aster Tatariqus is set to release in Japan in 2023.
▍Aster Tatariqus Trailer
unVEIL the world
unVEIL the world is probably the dark horse of this list of highly-anticipated mobile games in 2023. Created by Shueisha Games and NetEase Games, the strategic adventure RPG has a fantasy setting centering on the adventure of a mysterious girl Yuta and her friends, who found several mysterious portals that lead to countless worlds.
Though not much has been revealed in terms of gameplay, unVEIL the world features character designs by Posuka Demizu, who is known to be the creator of The Promised Neverland! The mobile game also promised to have graphics that allow you to feel the light, wind, earth, and breath of its fantasy world with powerful yet charming characters! No release date has been announced yet but it will be coming to iOS and Android soon!