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Brawl Stars Release: Everything You Need to Know



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 battle royale shooter. It’s like Clash Royale, Overwatch and Fortnite all rolled into one. After months and months of waiting, the official global release date of Brawl Stars is December 2018. Get ready for this action-packed top-down shooter.

The free-to-play game, Brawl Stars, got announced quietly back in June of 2017. Yes, that’s almost a year and a half ago. The soft-launch and beta hit Android in June of 2018, and the global launch is right around the corner. Here’s what potential players need to know.

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

While there are still numerous questions about the game, incoming updates, or when it’s coming in December, we do have information for players. Below we’ll go over the 3v3 shooter style, the “battle royale updates”, characters, game modes, and the general release date 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. That’s also why it took almost 2 years from announcement to release. They test each game extensively and cancel dozens before choosing to release a title.

Brawl Stars Global Release Date

It’s finally official. Brawl Stars will launch on Android and iOS both this December. Following after an over 15-month testing phase, a complete redesign and tons of changes, it’s finally coming. For now, the company is wrapping up the “soft launch” as we speak. Anyone with an iPhone in Canada or select other markets 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. Or, Android users in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Macau, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, or Sweden can try the beta. Or, you can pre-register to download the official game when it arrives in December.

Most of the gaming community thought the title would go global (get released around the world) on the 1-year anniversary. Which, of course, was back on June 15th, 2018. That didn’t happen. At least we know it’ll arrive in December, although we’re not sure of the exact day. For now, testers can download it from the links below.

Download – Brawl Stars for iOS (Select regions only)

Download – Brawl Stars for Android (Select regions only)

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. It’s like a top-down cartoonish battle royale 3v3 game.

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.

Keep in mind that a lot of this information can and will change, or be different, when it finally launches in December.

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. It’ll have an aggressive free mode, but an even more aggressive pay to get more stuff structure.

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. This is an old version, but it’s still fun to watch.

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.

Brawl Stars Android APK

Do not try to download Brawl Stars for Android until it is officially released by the game developer in December of 2018. There are dozens of fake Brawl Star apps or APKs all over the internet. These aren’t safe, don’t install them. 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. Now that the game is available on Android we could see some legit APK files, but they’ll still have regional restrictions. Meaning you can’t play it in the United States yet.

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 almost December of 2018 and they just now announced the launch. This has been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to play it.

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.

Once it arrives stay tuned for tons of coverage, tips, tricks, and information about this exciting new game. If you’re sick of Fortnite, Pokemon GO, or Clash Royale and want to play something new, Brawl Stars might be the answer.



  1. Sean

    07/18/2017 at 7:29 pm

    If you are looking for a clan to join. Feel free to join ‘Nerfed’. A new clan looking for active recruits to play together. Use the code #9GVPULV

  2. kelly

    08/21/2017 at 9:37 am

    supercell is the new sensation in the gaming world.

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