Best Upcoming Games 2019 (And Beyond)

There’s no denying that 2019 has been a great year for gaming, with a wide selection of titles from well-known studios along with some exciting new indies releasing. And while many of us are still clamoring to clear out a backlog of games, the best upcoming games of 2019 rapidly approaches.   

Here, we will be highlighting the most highly-anticipated releases along with some lesser-known titles that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Release Date: Oct 31, 2019

Platform: Switch

Luigi’s Mansion 3 will see Nintendo’s neurotic plumber setting off on a new spooky adventure, this time in a massive hotel whose ghostly guests have gone rogue. Equipped with the new and improved Poltergust G-00, Luigi will have to save his friends from King Boo’s grips while exploring the hotel’s multiple floors, each of which are centered around a unique theme.

The long-awaited sequel includes expanded multiplayer, now granting players the option to experience the story with a friend in local co-op. Additionally, Luigi’s Mansion 3 will introduce new ScareScraper and ScreamPark modes where up to 8-players can team up and compete locally and/or online to defeat ghosts and rack up coins. 

Death Stranding

Release Date: Nov 8, 2019

Platform: PS4

Death Stranding is an upcoming action game currently under development by Kojima Productions, a studio founded by former Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima after a falling out with Konami. The game takes place in an open-world environment that has been taken over by massive, invisible creatures.

You control Sam Bridges, a delivery man who carries the “stranded remnants of the future,” on a journey to “reunite a shattered world.” Kojima has gone on record saying that he believes Death Stranding will be a genre-defining game, much like Metal Gear was for stealth games. 

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: Nov 15, 2019

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action RPG set after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in the aftermath of Order 66, which practically wiped out the entire Jedi Order. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan tasked with uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization while always staying one step ahead of the Galactic Empire.

During your journey, you’ll learn to harness the power of the Force and hone your lightsaber skills as you try to survive and take down the Empire’s deadly Inquisitors. Fallen Order will feature lightsaber combat that relies heavily on gauging when to strike, block, and dodge enemy attacks.

Pokémon Sword & Shield

Release Date: Nov 15, 2019

Platform: Switch

Pokémon Sword & Shield marks the long-running JRPG’s debut on Switch and brings with it a new cel-shaded visual style and plenty of new creatures to encounter. Set in the UK-inspired Galar region, the game plans to bring both veteran and novice players together by introducing a handful of features and QoL improvements. 

Players will now be able to spot wild Pokémon​ roaming freely in the overworld in addition to hiding in patches of grass. New “Dynamax” Pokémon transformations offer an extra layer of strategy during battles, increasing a ​Pokémon’s size and attack power for three turns. Lastly, multiplayer has been extended beyond traditional battles against other players with co-op focused Max Raid Battles, in which players work together to defeat powerful Dynamax ​Pokémon.​

Biomutant

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where you control a customizable raccoon-like creature capable of wielding a variety of weapons. Your goal is to save the Tree of Life, the source for all living creations, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures.

Along the way, you’ll encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings, and claws which can provide an edge in battle and help you reach new areas. How you choose to design your character factors into gameplay, with gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all affecting stats.

Atomic Heart

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Atomic Heart is a first-person shooter produced and self-published by Russian developer Mundfish. The game takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution. You assume control of a Soviet KGB officer who’s been tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

The game features an expansive open-world that consists of several regions with different biomes and multi-layered structures to explore. Combat is primarily focused on melee weapons, with firearms and ammo encounters being very limited.

Afterparty

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platform: PC

Afterparty is an adventure game developed and published by Night School Studio, who debuted in 2016 with Oxenfree, the supernatural adventure game that let players affect the story through branching dialogue. The studio’s next project looks to further explore the supernatural and has you controlling two friends, Milo and Lola, who have recently died and find themselves trapped in the underworld for all eternity.

In order to return to the land of the living, you’ll have to defeat Satan in a drinking competition by completing a series of intoxicating challenges and visiting multiple bars across Hell’s many islands. Most excitingly, players will have the option to flirt with Satan.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Platform: PS4

Going into E3 we pretty much knew Square was planning to blow our minds and show off more of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. And somehow, we were still caught by surprise when Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa appeared on-screen. The cast’s upgraded character models look absolutely stunning and fit in perfectly with the game’s highly-detailed environments.

We were also given a look at the game’s new combat system, which blends elements of real-time action with strategy. Players will be able to attack enemies freely on the battlefield in order to fill a meter which when activated, stops time to allow players to perform special abilities or cast spells with any member of their party.

DOOM Eternal

Release Date: Mar 20, 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

DOOM Eternal is a follow-up to 2016’s DOOM reboot and the fifth mainline entry in the iconic FPS franchise. The sequel sees developer id Software back at the helm as players suit-up to take on the role of Doom Slayer once again.

The game maintains the series’s flashy and ultra-violent combat while telling an original story that sees the demon world colliding with ours. In addition, Eternal introduces new enemy types, abilities, and weapons, including a shoulder-mounted cannon that doubles as a flamethrower.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Release Date: March 20, 2020

Platform: Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the long-awaited new entry in the social sim series from Nintendo. The game sees you playing as a new character whose traveling to a tropical island as part of business-savvy tanuki Tom Nook’s “deserted island getaway package.”

No longer held back by the limitations of the 3DS, New Horizons will support online multiplayer for up to 8-players inhabiting the same island and introduces a bevy of new features; players now have the ability to create custom paths, rearrange the placement of items both inside and outside their tent, and craft items using a workbench.

Cyberpunk 2077 

Release Date: April 16, 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt, popularized by The Witcher series. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future where players will create a customizable character named V before exploring the six distinct regions that combine to make Night City.

As V, you’ll be able to develop a playstyle centered around one of the game’s three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo. Additionally, V has an arsenal of ranged and close combat weapons at their disposal which can be modified and upgraded.

Dying Light 2

Release Date: Spring 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland, best known for their work on Dead Island, which also featured zombies. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game and has you playing as a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor whose extraordinary dexterity and combat abilities prove useful for gaining allies and influencing the world around him.

Gameplay will be fairly similar to the original and has players scavenging for weapons and supplies while traversing the world using fluid, parkour-based movement. For the sequel, Techland is emphasizing a player-driven experience where decisions impact both the story and the physical in-game world.

Minecraft Dungeons

Release Date: Spring 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

Minecraft Dungeons is inspired by old school dungeon-crawlers like Diablo and sees players exploring a variety of procedurally-generated levels filled with dangerous mobs and powerful treasure as they try to take down the evil Arch-Illager. 

Players will personalize their character by equipping them with a wide selection of weapons and armor designed for different playstyles such as melee, ranged, magic, etc., along with enchantments that allow them to perform devastating special attacks. The game will support local/online multiplayer for up to four players.   

Tunic

Release Date: July 1, 2020

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Tunic is an Xbox-exclusive indie action-adventure title inspired by The Legend of Zelda. Although the game wears its Triforce-shaped heart on its sleeve, it looks to be carving out space for itself with its stunning environments and mysterious story.

In it, you play as a weapon-wielding fox that wakes up in a world where you don’t belong and begin exploring to learn more about the strange world around you. The game utilizes an isometric perspective and features a combat system that relies heavily on timing attacks and dodging.

Halo Infinite 

Release Date: Fall 2020

Platform: Xbox One / PC / Project Scalett

It’s been years since we got a new Halo game, so it’s great to hear that the popular Xbox first-person shooter will be making a comeback. Halo: Infinite will utilize 343’s brand new Slipspace Engine, developed alongside the game, which should result in a major boost to the game’s graphics.

Infinite is also the only currently confirmed release for Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s next-gen console. Speculation suggests the game is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship. 

Spelunky 2

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PS4 / PC

Spelunky 2 is an upcoming 2D-platformer with some rogue-like elements, being co-developed by self-published Mossmouth and Blitworks. The sequel carries over many of the mechanics from the first while sporting improved visuals and a host of new characters, enemies, obstacles, and treasures.

Players assume control of a spelunker and begin exploring a series of procedurally-generated caves while collecting treasure, battling enemies, and avoiding traps. One of the best parts of the original was how unique each run felt, so it came as a pleasant surprise when Mossmouth announced they would be sticking to the formula for Spelunky 2.

Psychonauts 2

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

It’s been over a decade since the last Psychonauts and after a few failed attempts, fans had begun to lose faith they’d ever get a sequel. However, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, developer Double Fine Productions is on track to release Psychonauts 2 sometime next year.

The sequel maintains the third-person platforming gameplay of the original and has players assuming control of Raz once again. Picking up after the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a VR title released back in 2017, Psychonauts 2 has Raz uncovering secrets about the organization and exploring the origins of his family curse.

The Last of Us Part II

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PS4

The original The Last of Us managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to its emotionally-gripping story that chronicled the relationship between Joel and Ellie.  Developer Naughty Dog is back with a sequel and the world can’t wait to see what’s happened since we last saw these characters.

The Last of Us 2 takes place five years after the events of the first game and has players controlling an older version of Ellie as she encounters a dangerous cult in a now post-apocalyptic US. Neil Druckman, one of the game’s story co-writers, has stated that the sequel will focus on ‘hate’ instead of ‘love’. The game also plans to introduce several new characters who will play “essential roles” in Joel and Ellie’s next journey.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

All signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry in the long-running Lego game franchise. The upcoming title plans on adapting all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga, including The Phantom MenaceAttack of the ClonesRevenge of the SithA New HopeThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the JediThe Force AwakensThe Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

So far, we know the game will feature optional fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original Lego Star Wars games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will deliver an updated version of the best Lego series to date.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Release Date: TBA 

Platform: Switch / PC

Silksong was initially conceived as DLC for Hollow Knight but proved to be too ambitious, prompting developer Team Cherry to keep expanding on the project and release it as a standalone title. While the game plans on retaining many of the Metroidvania elements from the original, expect to see them introduced and used in slightly different ways.

You play as Hornet, a bug-like creature who first appeared in Hollow Knight and uses a needle as her main weapon. At the start of the game, Hornet is captured and taken to a haunted kingdom where in order to escape, she’ll have to travel upwards, an inversion of the first game. Team Cherry has reportedly designed 150 new creatures for Silksong and has already shown off some of the new abilities Hornet can use.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

Release Date: TBA

Platform: Switch

Arguably one of the biggest reveals to come out of E3 is that Nintendo is currently producing a sequel to 2017’s BOTW. The first game received praise for its detailed world, open-ended gameplay, and approach in propelling the series forward. Largely considered to be one of the best games ever created, BOTW won multiple awards including several “Game of the Year” honors.

The sequel appears to maintain the visuals of the original while taking on a much darker tone. In the trailer, we can see Ganondorf’s corpse become reanimated before an exterior shot shows Hyrule Castle being lifted into the air. The game’s already being compared to the likes of Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and more mature undertones.

Back 4 Blood

Release Date: TBA

Platform: TBA​

With Valve basically killing the Left 4 Dead franchise, Back 4 Blood is the spiritual successor fans have been wanting for years. The game is being developed by Turtle Rock, the same studio that made the original L4D games. Back 4 Blood will retain the four-player co-op ‘zombie shooter’ gameplay that made the first games so popular while incorporating some new features.

For one, the game will feature PVP combat in addition to a PVE campaign mode. While it’s been a decade since the studio’s worked on the first games, Turtle Rock is returning to the genre with more experience than before, having learned a lot from the development of their last project, the asymmetrical multiplayer game Evolve. Right now the studio is keeping a lot of details secret, but we should hear more as the year progresses.

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