Judgment Day is Here… On Mobile Devices

About a year ago, Plarium games first teased their expansion of the Terminator franchise into a mobile title. Today, that title releases in the form of a clash-based, MMO strategy game. With the movie, Terminator Genisys, being critically panned (38 Metascore) and not making enough to recoup its budget (440 Million gross worldwide), it makes sense that the license holders are looking to other avenues for income. Plarium has a track record of picking odd movies to base titles off of (most recently Rio), and including stars in their mobile games (e.g. Megan Fox), so this game isn’t all that much of a surprise.

Bright side? Game doesn’t have to do much to be better than the movie.

The game follows in the steps of the juggernaut Clash series, and doesn’t appear to do much that’s different other than slapping a Terminator skin on it. Players can choose to fight as the Resistance or Skynet, and develop their forces to take other players down. The game will include both PvP and PvE elements, and can engage in competitive tournaments boasting “massive rewards”.

Spoiler, pick Skynet, it usually wins in the end.

While the idea of releasing hordes of Terminators on unsuspecting Resistance players sounds interesting, there are so many Clash-style games on the app-store that it will be difficult for this one to make a mark. All the same, Plarium has been churning out titles for years now, with no signs of slowing down, so something must be working, and as far as dying franchises (sheds a single tear) to turn into mobile games, they could do a lot worse than Terminator. Will it stick around like the Clash games have? Likely not, but hey, I’ve been wrong before.

Terminator Genisys: Future War is out now for free on iOS and Android.

Have any dying IPs that you’d like to see resurrected as a budget mobile game? Do you think that people should let Terminator 1-3 rest in peace and stop playing with our hearts? Let us know in the comments!

Ashton Macaulay

Ashton lives in the fairy tale village of Redmond Washington, has written a novel about a drunken monster hunter, and takes no responsibility for the sense of awe his articles might inspire.

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