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As we are now into 2024, let’s take a moment to check out the mobile gaming advancements over the preceding month. December 2023 unfolded as a delightful experience for mobile gaming enthusiasts, presenting a collection of lively new titles and bringing forth thrilling updates and revelations about forthcoming mobile games. In this article, we 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 December 2023.

Monthly Mobile Gaming News Roundup for December 2023

Week 1: December 01 to December 07

Executive Summary

In the first week of Mobile Gaming News for December 2023, noteworthy events included the launch of Black Clover M: Rise Of The Wizard King and the pre-registration availability for the upcoming RPG Chrono Travelers. Niantic accidentally leaked two Legendary forms in Pokémon Go ahead of the Sinnoh Tour.

The settlement of the PUBG Mobile copyright dispute between Krafton and NetEase was an industry highlight, whereas Xbox made headlines with talks about launching its Mobile Gaming Store. Honkai: Star Rail earned top awards on both the App Store and Google Play, while Genshin Impact secured the PlayStation Partner Award in 2023.


Honkai Impact 3rd is reworking its gacha system
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  • Honkai: Star Rail wins App Store awards: Honkai: Star Rail wins top awards on both App Store and Google Play in 2023, rewarding 800 free Stellar Jades.
  • Genshin Impact wins PlayStation Partner Award: Genshin Impact won the PlayStation Partner Award in 2023, and thus awarded 800 Primogems for players.
  • Avatar: Reckoning launch plans: Avatar: Reckoning is set to launch in China in H1 2024, with a global release planned for later.
  • Smash Cup select release: Smash Cup, a futuristic top-down shooter action title, is now available in selected regions.
  • Fortnite OG map return: Fortnite promises to bring back the fan-favorite OG map in 2024.
  • Goat Simulator 3 Mobile release: Goat Simulator 3 Mobile, the latest title in the popular franchise, is now available on Android and iOS.
  • Drive Stars: Sports Car Racing early access: Drive Stars: Sports Car Racing, a new racing mobile game, is now available in early access on Google Play.
  • NBA Infinite pre-registration: NBA Infinite, an upcoming basketball game, is now available for pre-registration for Android and iOS.
  • Shapez mobile release: Shapez is Playdigious’ indie factory building game now available on mobile as a premium title.
  • Hypergraph rebrands Gryph Frontier: Hypergraph rebrands Gryph Frontier to Gryphline as the global publishing brand ahead of Arknights: Endfield launch.
  • Twitch shutdown in Korea: Twitch is set to shut down operations in Korea amid soaring operational costs.

Week 2: December 08 to December 14

Executive Summary

The second week brought EA SPORTS FC Empires into closed beta, previously known as World of League Football. Honkai: Star Rail continued its success by winning the Best Mobile Game at The Game Awards 2023. NEOWIZ’s football title, Pro Soccer: Legend Eleven, entered closed beta, and Zenless Zone Zero anticipates a global launch in 2024. Epic emerged victorious in the Google trial. Meanwhile, Mecharashi, a sci-fi RPG, initiated open beta testing for both Mobile and PC. The period also saw the rebranding of 2K’s epic strategy game, now named Civilization: Eras & Allies.


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  • Zenless Zone Zero global launch in sight: Zenless Zone Zero is set to get a global launch for Mobile, PC, and Console in 2024.
  • PUBG Mobile announce Esports roadmap: PUBG Mobile announces its Esports roadmap for 2024.
  • Mecharashi open beta testing: Mecharashi, a sci-fi RPG, begins open beta testing for Mobile and PC.
  • Underworld Gang Wars Community Play Test: Underworld Gang Wars announces its inaugural Community Play Test kicking off on December 23, 2023.
  • 2K’s strategy game rebranding: 2K’s epic strategy game, Conquests & Alliances, is now rebranded as Civilization: Eras & Allies.
  • Fantasy Tales: Sword and Magic pre-registration: Fantasy Tales: Sword and Magic, an exploration MMORPG, is now open for global pre-registration.
  • Real Cricket 24 launched: Real Cricket 24 from Nautilus Mobile is now available on Android and iOS.
  • Epic Games legal victory: Epic Games wins legal battle against Google as Jury rules Play Store as ‘illegal monopoly’.
  • Electric Blue: Gecko Dash! pre-registration: Electric Blue: Gecko Dash! became available for pre-registration on mobile.
  • Sandsoft’s new studio in Barcelona: Sandsoft opens a new studio in Barcelona aiming to work on brand new mobile titles.
  • Nuverse’s Magipunk MMORPG beta testing: Nuverse’s Magipunk MMORPG, Crystal of Atlan, starts beta testing on Android in selected regions.

Week 3: December 15 to December 21

Executive Summary

The third week of December 2023 also saw exciting Mobile Gaming News with Sea of Dawn, a naval combat MMORPG, opening its closed beta, whereas Funny Fighters: Battle Royale launched globally, while NBA Infinite soft-launched in Oceania. Love and Deepspace began its closed beta test for Android in specific regions, and ROM: Remember Of Majesty, Kakao Games’ MMORPG, opened pre-registration.

Additionally, Alterna Welt: Blue Exorcist Gaiden, a 3D ARPG, announced a Summer 2024 launch in Japan. One Punch Man: World by Crunchyroll Games became available for pre-registration, and SaGa Emerald Beyond, an upcoming RPG from Square Enix, was announced for Mobile, PC, and Consoles.


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Week 4: December 22 to December 28

Executive Summary

The fourth week witnessed the launch of Crazy Ones in the US. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang initiated open beta testing in China. China introduced new regulations aimed at reducing excessive gaming spending. Additionally, Tokyo Revengers: Last Mission, a 3D RPG, opened pre-registration in Japan. Vinicius Jr, the Brazilian footballer, joined LOUD as a co-owner.

Indus Battle Royale Mobile commenced a limited closed beta test, while Square Enix’s Dragon Quest Tact faced a shutdown announcement. Other shutdowns included Fullmetal Alchemist Mobile and DanMachi MEMORIA FREESE, both scheduled for early 2024.


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Week 5: December 29 to December 31

Executive Summary

The final week of December marked the announcement of winners for our GamingonPhone Awards 2023. CookieRun: Tower of Adventures declared a Closed Beta Test and Archosaur Games’ MMO title, Avatar: Reckoning, opened pre-registration in China. Revelation Paradox, a tactical RPG based on a popular IP, achieved an official launch in Japan and Korea, that concludes the December month as well as the year 2023 for Mobile Gaming News.


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