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Does anyone here remember that first Armello trailer and how gaga Owen went over it? Okay, I’ll admit we all went a bit gaga over it. After all, it was a theatrical-quality trailer promising an original board game with all sorts of cool mechanisms that would be tough to pull off on a tabletop. On top of that you play as an anthropomorphic animal, making the furry inside each of us cry out in joy. The PC/Mac version of Armello released just over 2 years ago and, since then, talk of the promised iPad version has been virtually nonexistent. In fact, I was talking with Brad from 164 at Gen Con about Armello and if it would ever come to mobile and we both thought they were only focusing on the desktop and consoles. Guess we should have chatted at PAX instead because at that con Armello was being played on an iPhone.
Due to the Stately Play convention budget being approximately $0, and the fact that we blew past that simply by driving to Gen Con, PAX wasn’t a possibility this year. Lucky for us, Touch Arcade went and happened to spot Armello in action. This report was followed by a confirmation from League of Geeks who also gave us heads up that we can expect it this year:
The cat is out of the bag, and may be fighting for the throne.
Armello is coming to iPhone AS WELL as iPad later this year. https://t.co/s23eZreCHW
— Armello (@ArmelloGame) September 5, 2017
That’s not all we’ve learned. The iOS release will have the base game free-to-download, with all the other content available via IAP. All the content currently available for the PC version will be there for iOS, you’ll just have to buy it piecemeal. There will be no cross-platform play between iOS and PC, so if you get it on iOS, you’ll only be battling other mobile users. If you’re wondering about Android, they’ve also let us know that an Android version is in the works and should be available in 2018.
This is pretty great news for those of us who were holding out hope for Armello on a tablet all these years. The only problem is that 2017 is getting ridiculous and really needs to slow down. I’m dreading all the year-end GOTY stuff already, and it’s only September.