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Modojo Rewind: Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner

This week's Modojo Rewind combs through GDC-heavy news to reveal fresh details regarding PUBG Mobile, Fortnite Mobile, and the racing return of Sonic the Hedgehog.


It's been a really busy week here at Shacknews. Not only have we braved the potential for seasickness and shark attacks in Rare's open-world adventure Sea of Thieves, some members of the Shack crew have hit the open road as well the cloudy skies in an effort to bring you, our loyal readers, the freshest of news from this year's Game Developers Conference.

That's not to say that we're completely without portable and mobile gaming news, of course. Through the dense mix of new reveals and fresh technology, we've gotten word of a new Sonic Racing game, extra details regarding PUBG Mobile and Fortnite mobile, and a little something for players fed up with the d-pad layout on the Nintendo Switch's lilliputian Joy-Cons.

Slip into the saddle and grip the reigns as we gallop valiantly toward this week's Modojo Rewind.

The Mobile Battle Royale

There's little doubt that one of the biggest stories to land in the mobile gaming realm this week is the timely arrival of PUBG Mobile for iOS and Android devices. Tencent announced last Monday that PUBG Mobile is now available for download in the U.S., giving players the eagerly-awaited opportunity to see how the PUBG brand translates into the mobile form factor. As for how it actually feels and plays, well, we'll leave such judgments up to you. To learn more about how to nab the latest battle royale experience, check out our guide on how to download PUBG mobile on iOS and Android devices.

Those who eschew PUBG for Fortnite also got some good news this week, as a new video has been released comparing the graphics of Fortnite Mobile on the iPhone X to those of Fortnite on the Xbox One X. The comparison put together by the folk at DigitalFoundry is surprising for a number of reasons, most of which being centered around just how good the game actually looks and runs on Apple devices. It's not so pretty on the iPhone 6s, but it seems that players with Apple's latest hardware at least have a visually viable way of enjoying all that Fortnite has to offer.

Start Your Engines

One of the more out-of-the-blue stories to land this week centers around the latest exploits of Sega's iconic blue speedster. At the tail end of the Sonic the Hedgehog South by Southwest panel, Sega revealed an exceptionally brief teaser video for a new Sonic Racing title. There's really not much known about the game, but dedicated Sega fans can still gleam whatever they can from the teaser by checking out the 22-second video featured below.

Closing out this week's news is a reveal for Ghostbusters World, a new mobile title that blends the Ghostbusters canon and the Google Maps API into a new AR-based mobile experience. Players who aren't terribly fond of the Switch Joy-Con's alternative d-pad layout will also soon have a new alternative, as Hori is making left Joy-Cons with cross-shaped d-pads for players who enjoy a more traditional feel. Saving the best for last, Shacknews' own Brittany Vincent has dipped a toe into MidBoss' latest mobile experience, and players can learn more juicy details about the game over on her review of Read Only Memories: Type-M.

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