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Unreal Engine 5 launches to make games more awesome


Unreal Engine 5 launches to make games more awesome
This is what games can look like with Unreal Engine 5.
Image: Epic Games

Epic Games gave developers access to Unreal Engine 5, the next generation of its tool for creating 3D games. It offers “a collection of groundbreaking features for rendering real-time worlds in incredible high-fidelity detail.”

The new version of this software-development environment released Tuesday replaces Unreal Engine 4, which has been around since 2014. It’s used in many Mac, iPhone and/or iPad games, including Injustice 2 and Darkness Rises.

Ubisoft is bringing popular shooter Rainbow Six to iPhone and iPad


Rainbow Six Mobile
An alpha test will begin soon.
Image: Ubisoft

Popular tactical shooter Rainbow Six is on its way to mobile devices, publisher Ubisoft confirmed on Tuesday. The game, which will be somewhat similar to Siege, will see teams battling it out in familiar locations.

Rainbow Six Mobile is being built “from the ground up with mobile usability in mind,” its developers said. It will feature a new control system specifically for touchscreens, and “extensive” optimizations for smartphones and tablets.

Nintendo ditches yet another of its mobile games


Nintendo ditches Dragalia Lost
The game will get its last campaign update in July.
Image: Nintendo

Nintendo today confirmed plans to shut down Dragalia Lost, the free-to-play action RPG built exclusively for mobile devices. The game will get its final campaign update in July before service ceases sometime later.

Dragalia Lost joins a growing list of mobile games that Nintendo has given up on. The Japanese firm closed down Dr. Mario World last year, and threw in the towel on Miitomo and Pokémon Rumble Rush before that.

Discover the wonders of Monument Valley 2+ on Apple Arcade


Discover the wonders of ‘Monument Valley 2+‘ on Apple Arcade
Monument Valley 2+ is the latest App Store Great added to Apple Arcade
Photo: Ustwo Games/Cult of Mac

Monument Valley 2+ made the jump onto Apple Arcade Friday. Gameplay involves “a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry,” according to the developer, Ustwo Games.

The puzzle adventure is “an immersive, addictive experience,” according to the Cult of Mac review.

Activision is ready to build Call of Duty: Warzone for iPhone and iPad


Call of Duty: Warzone coming to mobile
But it could take years.
Image: Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone, the immensely popular battle royale game, is coming to mobile devices. Activision this week confirmed it is looking for engineers, designers, and more to help bring the “all-new, AAA mobile experience” to life.

Call of Duty Mobile already has its own battle royale mode, and while it may be fun for short play sessions on the go, it pales in comparison to its full-scale counterpart on PC and console.

Apple Arcade boasts growing collection of classic games


Shadow Blade+ hit Apple Arcade on March 4
Shadow Blade+ is the latest App Store Great added to Apple Arcade
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Shadow Blade+ launched on Apple Arcade on Friday. The platformer is the latest classic game to make its way to the subscription service. Several others classics debuted in recent weeks, and more are expected soon.

This is in addition to original games that also hit Apple Arcade in February.

Go on an ecological adventure in Gibbon: Beyond the Trees on Apple Arcade


Go on an ecological adventure in ‘Gibbon: Beyond the Trees’ on Apple Arcade
Gibbon: Beyond the Trees aims to be both fun and educational.
Image: Broken Rules

Find out what it’s like to swing through the trees as a gibbon in a game that debuted Friday on Apple Arcade. Gibbon: Beyond the Trees is the story of a family trying to survive amid an encroaching human threat.

The ecological adventure is available to play on a variety of Apple devices.

Apex Legends for iPhone and iPad expands its reach ahead of full rollout


Apex Legends Mobile for iPhone and iPad
There's still no release date for a proper launch.
Photo: EA

Apex Legends Mobile, the smartphone and tablet version of the popular battle royale game, expands its reach to 10 new countries next week ahead of an official global rollout.

The game has been in testing since EA and Respawn launched a closed beta almost a year ago. It still doesn’t have a release date, but Respawn says it will share more details “coming out of the limited regional launch.”

Create your best witchy life with Wylde Flowers on Apple Arcade


Create your best witchy life with ‘Wylde Flowers on Apple Arcade
Help a witch grow plants, tend animals, make friends and maybe even fall in love in Wylde Flowers.
Screenshot: Studio Drydock

Help a young witch grow the family farm in Wylde Flowers, a magical sim game that debuted Friday on Apple Arcade. You’ll also need to increase your spell skills if you want to help your local coven solve a mystery.

The enchanting game is available now for a range of Apple computers.