Monday, June 18, 2018

Brawl Stars Release: Everything You Need to Know

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From the developers of Clash Royale and Clash of Clans, two extremely successful mobile games, is a new game called Brawl Stars. A competitive real-time 3v3 multiplayer shooter similar to other MOBA titles, with cartoon graphics and a top-down view. It’s still not available yet, but here’s everything you need to know about Supercell’s exciting new fast-paced game Brawl Stars.

The free-to-play game, Brawl Stars, got announced quietly through a livestream by the company with more details at its forums. This was back on June 14th, 2017. The game is 1-years old, and still not available globally, or for Android. Supercell slowly tests its games in select markets for the iPhone before deciding to release it around the world or cancel it completely. We still don’t know the fate of Brawl Stars.

Read: Clash of Clans 2018 Updates: 8 Things We Want Next

While there are still numerous questions about the game, incoming updates, and if it’ll ever get released on Android, we do have some initial details for potential players. Below we’ll go over the 3v3 shooter style, characters, game modes, and general release availability for those interested.

Supercell has successfully launched several different games for Android and iOS. Starting with Hay Day, then Clash of Clans, Boom Beach and more recently Clash Royale. Each game is wildly successful, with Clash of Clans still being one of the highest grossing mobile games on the planet. This is why Brawl Stars is so exciting, even if they’ve yet to release the game.

Brawl Stars Release Date

For now, we still have no clue when Supercell will release Brawl Stars, or if they’ll release it at all. That being said, the company is conducting a “soft launch” in Canada as we speak. Anyone with an iPhone in Canada can try the game today, and it’s available on the App Store.

Brawl Stars is actually available for iOS in Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Ireland. The developers hope to add Android and other regions in the near future. However, they said that in June of 2017, and one year later, almost nothing has changed.

There has been no mention of a Brawl Stars release on Android, or a global release date for other regions. Most of the gaming community thought the game would go global (get released around the world) on the 1-year anniversary. Which, of course, is June 15th, 2018.

That didn’t happen. We still don’t know when this game is coming out. We’ll keep an eye out for information and share it here the moment we know more.

Download – Brawl Stars for iOS (Select regions only)

As we said above users can only play Brawl Stars on iOS in Canada and a few other regions. Those in other regions can create a new Apple ID using an address in Canada/Finland to try it today, and more information on that process is available here.  That, or wait for a global release date.

What is Brawl Stars?

The best way to explain Brawl Stars is to consider it a MOBA title, which stands for multiplayer online battle arena. Players will participate in real-time 3v3 battles using one of 15+ different characters, each with their own unique hero abilities and attack styles. There are multiple game modes, achievements, leaderboards and more.

Hero-based combat games like DOTA or League of Legends come to mind, although Brawl Stars has a friendly look and feel full of cartoon graphics. Like any MOBA title, Brawl Stars has different game modes to enjoy.

We’ve seen several updates over the last 12 months that changed the entire game. From balance changes, how the game looks and feels, new game modes, hero changes and more. And, we’re expecting a big Brawl Stars June-July 2018 update soon. Here’s a quick preview from Twitter. The developers are active on Twitter, which is a good sign that this game will get released eventually.

Each team consisting of three players battle another team of three in the arena. The goal is to take out the enemy with any of your characters while collecting gems, crystals or stars along the way for upgrades and skins. You can also destroy the enemy mines to win the battle, or kill all three players. This, of course, depends on the game mode being played. Not to mention some of these modes or game rules may change by the time this game gets released.

Brawl Stars Game Modes

At soft launch, there were four main game modes. These are the initial game modes, although they likely changed in the last 12 months. And, they might change again before the game goes public. It’s still in a limited soft launch beta testing phase.

  • Bounty: Collect stars for your team by eliminating opponents, but be careful not to let them pick you off. The team with the most stars at the end of the match wins!

  • Smash & Grab: Collect Crystals from the center of the map, while fighting the opposing team. The first team to collect 10 crystals and hold onto them wins.

  • Heist: Crack the safe protected by the opposing team, or defend your valuables from would-be safecrackers. You have a couple of minutes to determine who leaves with the loot!

  • Showdown: The rowdiest rumble! 10 players get dropped into a slowly shrinking arena. Can you be the last Brawler standing?

Players will be able to collect coins, Elixir and chips to unlock new Brawlers. You can do upgrades, get new skins, and plenty of other personalization. You can battle solo, or play with friends. Instead of joining a clan like other Supercell games, you’ll be able to join a Band of Brawlers to battle for the top spot. Climb the leaderboards, complete achievements and become the best Brawler.

Keep in mind that while Brawl Stars is free to play, there are plenty of in-app purchases like all Supercell games. Players can spend real money on new characters, upgrades, skins, and weapons.

This could become the best fast-paced multiplayer shooter on mobile.

Brawl Stars Gameplay Video

It’s hard to get a sense of a game without seeing it played in real-time. Along with the announcement, Supercell gave some popular YouTube “lets play” personalities early access to the game. Here is Clash Royale stars GamingwithMolt and NickatNyte playing Brawl Stars.

Here we see the fast-paced 3v3 battles in real-time as they take on enemies with a slew of different characters and weapons. It looks like a fun game, but some may not enjoy the childlike cartoon graphics. For a more recent video with all the changes over the last year, upgrades, and new modes, check out this video.

Read: Common Clash of Clans Problems & Fixes

As you can see the game is still very much in the early stages, a beta, and nowhere near a completed game. However, in the coming weeks and months, it will get updates and improvements. We’re hoping for an announcement before the end of June 2018.

Brawl Stars Android APK

Do not try to download Brawl Stars for Android until it is officially announced by the game developer. We repeat, Brawl Stars is NOT available yet for Android, even though we’re seeing dozens of download links and Brawl Stars APK’s floating around the internet. An “APK” is the installation files for games and apps on Android. However, installing an APK and granting it access to your phone, or accepting the pop-up permissions could harm your smartphone or tablet.

These are fake downloads and not the real game. Some are harmless, while others could install malicious code on your device. We’ll update this post the minute Brawl Stars is available for Android. For now, avoid anything you find online.

Other Details

In January of 2016 Supercell announced Clash Royale and made it available for select users on iOS. Two months later on March 2nd, it arrived for all with a global release date for both iOS and Android. We expected a similar 2-3 month trial for Brawl Stars, but that wasn’t the case.

Now, over one year later, the game still isn’t available. As of writing, it’s June of 2018 and we’re still waiting for an announcement, a release date, or even availability on Android.

Try it early on iOS in Canada

Supercell is in a unique position when it comes to mobile games, as each title released has been a smashing success. Whether or not Brawl Stars will receive the same attention and fame as their other titles is a complete mystery. At the end of the day, this is a trusted game developer with a history of releasing some of the best games for mobile, and we expect the same from Brawl Stars.

However, for the game to be a success they need to release it first. With the 1-year anniversary here, be on the lookout for more details in the next few weeks. The developers at Supercell could finally be ready to release the game. Maybe they’re waiting for E3 to end, we’re not sure.

We’re pretty confident in saying that Brawl Stars will get released in 2018, we just don’t know when. Stay tuned for more details.

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