9 Mobile Gaming Trends That will Rock 2016

With new technologies evolving and new gaming environments booming, you can expect a new game design and game development trend every other day. With the fast-paced evolution of mobile games, it is difficult to assess which trends will take the lead and which will be left in the dust Mobile gaming will continue to grow, leaving behind gaming consoles. Expect a lot of action in mobile gaming in the future.

Mobile game developers earned an estimated $30 billion of revenue last year alone. According to latest prediction, by 2018, this figure is likely to get past a whopping $45 billion in revenue. The continuing, massive growth of mobile gaming will get a boost from new game engines, enhanced device features, and improvement in animation, graphic output, and simulation technology. Each year a bevy of new trends and innovations drive the mobile gaming experience forward, and 2016 will be no different. Here are our 9 mobile gaming trends that will rock 2016.

1. Simultaneous game play will increase

A new mobile gaming trend these days is simultaneous game play on a mobile device and a desktop that has the same app. This trend is likely to continue with the new mobile bingo sites. People like to play the game on their mobile device for convenience, but also like to play the game on their desktop version for bigger screen size.

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2. The increasing number of mini games will continue

Mini games within larger apps are trending these days. These small games, often referred as snackable games, are present across various apps and social sites, often to engage traffic or visitors. Needing no additional installation setup, these games are easily integrated into social platforms to promote sharing and competition among the visitors. They are often offered as welcome distractions to add value to the web experience. Used moderately, mini games can work as tools for user retention and engagement.

3. VR will continue to grow and create new opportunities

For last couple of years, virtual reality headsets have been increasingly making news, and they are likely to become the part of device ecosystem for the masses sometime soon. The recent launch of Google cardboard and the comparatively affordable version of the Oculus Rift made VR headsets more available, which will obviously impact the gaming apps made for VR headsets. In 2016, we are likely to see more games being extend into VR platforms. VR offers a new horizon of monetization opportunities for developers. Considering the immersive experience these new gaming devices offer to gamers, VR can eventually position itself as the most sought after gaming device.

4. 3D touch will rule

3D touch is the latest development for mobile gaming with huge potential to revolutionize the gaming experience altogether. 3D touch can transform many of the existing commands while playing a game. The difference between tapping on the screen and hard pressing over the screen can be incorporated by game developers to create a new gaming experience. The scope of integrating the technology into various games possibilities seem endless.

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5. Mobile games appealing to people across all ages

For the first time since video and mobile gaming were created, individuals on the verge of retirement or even beyond are going to spend a good portion of their time playing games on their handheld device. Senior citizens are showing increasing interest in new technologies and evolving interfaces, and mobile games may take up a good amount of their leisure time soon. 2016 may be the year when game developers can focus on this group and take steps to tap the potential of mobile games for senior citizens.

6. The graphic output battle will be intense

Like the battle over higher graphics between traditional PCs and gaming consoles, graphic output will once again be the subject of an intense brand positioning battle between mobile devices and game studios in the following months. Robust mobile CPU and GPU capacity is likely to drive studios’ game graphics forward.

7. The game industry is likely to compete with movies in production cost

Game studios are sounding more like movie studios. But this is not entirely a coincidence. Many trends suggest that, in terms of production cost, gaming apps are soon going to take over movie production budgets. In 2016, the next big game can have a production cost exceeding $30MM, which is quite on par with a movie production budget. Just like movies,, studios need to invest big sums on game development in order to take the highest grossing charts and beat a multitude of other games.

8. Expansion packs will become more popular

Another big offering from mobile gaming apps, which is adding to the battle of retaining users, is the expansion pack. The expansion pack lets mobile gamers enjoy the game even more with new game attributes like new weapons, new game levels, new scoring options, etc. With the rapid evolution of mobile games, users generally tend to lose interest in a game once they play it for some time. Expansion packs can keep the game interesting for old users and retain them. In 2016 we may see more games using this as a retention tactic.

9. Indie game developers will focus on niche audiences

The market for mobile games is now mature enough to address niche audiences, rather than targeting only large audiences with a game. This is particularly true for independent developers who always develop a game with severe monetary constraints and struggle to compete with big titles with respect to monetization. In 2016, we are likely to see indie developers focusing more on niche audiences.

Conclusion

With rapidly evolving development tools, game engines, mobile device technologies, and user expectations, mobile gaming is sure to experience an array of growth trends in 2016. Though the year is still young, it is ripe with the possibilities of many of these big gaming trends.


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Originally published at www.chupamobile.com on April 13, 2016.

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