With the tremendous success of the Resident Evil 2 remake along with nostalgia-fueled announcements for Crash Team Racing and Final Fantasy 7 remakes, 2019 is shaping up to be the year for revisiting some of our favorite games of yesteryear.
In order to make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most anticipated remakes and remasters along with any currently known release dates. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future following any new announcements.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
Release Date: June 21
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled comes at a time when we don’t typically get new kart-racers outside of the occasional Mario Kart or Team Sonic Racing. Following the success of N. Sane Trilogy, the upcoming racer features completely redone HD assets as well as a host of new customization options not included in the original.
However, developer Beenox has made it clear their number one goal is to maintain the authenticity of the series and deliver an enjoyable experience to both long-time Crash Team Racing fans and new players. The remake includes all the original racers, tracks, and karts from the original along with some bonus content; additionally, the game will support local and online multiplayer.
Release Date: Oct 25
Given that it’s been a little over a decade since the last MediEvil game’s release, fans were pleasantly surprised when Sony’s recent State of Play provided new details on the upcoming remake of the original. Initially planned as a simple remaster, the project eventually spun out to be a total remake with completely redone visuals and sounds.
For anyone who’s unfamiliar or needs a refresher, the series has you controlling an undead knight named Sir Daniel Fortesque as you embark on a quest to restore peace to the Kingdom of Gallowmere. Fortesque uses a variety of medieval weaponry such as swords and clubs to fight enemies in hack n’ slash style combat. The game’s art style is heavily influenced by the works of Tim Burton, which tends to depict supernatural imagery with a more lighthearted and comedic tone.
Release Date: Nov 2019
Although we’ve previously seen a reimagining of XIII (thirteen) release back in 2011 as XIII: Lost Identity, the game ditched the FPS gameplay of the first and was more of a hidden object style game. Thankfully, fans of the original will get their due diligence when a faithful remake of the original is released later this year.
The cel-shaded first-person shooter is centered on the titular protagonist, XIII, who awakes with amnesia and spends a majority of the game’s story attempting to uncover his past, which is wrapped up in an elaborate government conspiracy. While the original was praised for its comic book presentation, many critics panned the game for its lackluster weapons and simplistic combat.
Release Date: TBA 2019
It’s been decades since Battletoads fans were able to join Rash, Zitz, and Pimple on a new beat ‘em up style adventure. Thankfully, Microsoft and developer DLaLa Studios have announced their plans for rebooting the cult classic from the ground up for modern consoles with 4K graphics support.
The title is currently being developed as an Xbox One exclusive and will include 3-player local couch co-op. There’s not much else known at the moment, however with Microsoft’s big E3 showcase on the horizon, expect more information to be revealed.
Link’s Awakening Remake
Release Date: TBA 2019
We received an announcement for an upcoming Link’s Awakening remake for the Switch via a recent Nintendo Direct. Originally released for the Game Boy in 1993, and later the Game Boy Color in 1998, the 2D game sees Link stranded on the mysterious Koholint Island after a powerful storm destroys his boat. In order to leave, Link is tasked with awakening the island’s guardian, the Wind Fish, by collecting 8 magical instruments.
Although the remake retains the top-down perspective of the original, the game’s visuals have been drastically altered for the Switch, taking on a more stylized, plasticine appearance. Link’s Awakening stands out as one of the few Zelda games to not take place in Hyrule nor include an appearance from Zelda or the Triforce. While the game hasn’t been given a confirmed release date, we’re expecting Nintendo to provide us with further details during their E3 Direct.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Release Date: TBA 2019
A Final Fantasy 7 remake has been in the works for a long time and it wasn’t until recently that Square Enix confirmed the title was still in the works. The latest info we have comes from Sony’s most recent State of Play showcase, where new footage was shown along with an announcement that more will be revealed at E3.
As of now, we know that the FF7 remake is being released episodically and will serve as a retelling of the original game’s story. Fans will remember the game closely follows a mercenary named Cloud Strife as he attempts to bring down the corrupt Shinra megacorporation and Sephiroth. Aside from featuring completely new HD assets, the game totes a revamped combat system that promises to fuse real-time action with strategy game mechanics.
System Shock Remastered
Release Date: TBA 2020
When the original System Shock released in 1994, critics praised the game’s relatively realistic physics and the scale of its 3D environments. Today, the series is remembered for elevating the first-person genre even though its success was short-lived. Fortunately, developer Night Dive Studios is looking to bring the original back to life with a backer-funded remaster currently in the works.
The scrappy developer has been taking their time with the project, carefully recreating the look and feel of the original System Shock and even collaborating with former members of Looking Glass Studios, the game’s original developer. Players can expect to take on the role of a resourceful hacker as they explore a space station brimming with terrifying creatures and a hostile AI named SHODAN.