There’s no denying that 2018 was a great year for gaming, with a wide selection of titles from well-known studios along with some exciting new indies releasing. And while you may still find yourself going through a backlog of great games you haven’t gotten a chance to play, things are already in motion for 2019.
Here, we’ve highlighted some of the best upcoming games for 2019 and beyond, including some titles that might not be on your radar just yet. We’ll be ordering these based on anticipated release dates, so make sure to check back for any changes following any new announcements. And lastly, if you’d like more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:
- Best Upcoming Xbox One Games
- Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games
- Best Upcoming PS4 Games
- Best Upcoming PC Games
- Best Upcoming Open-World Games
- Best Upcoming Game Remakes
Gears 5 (PC, Xbox One) – Sep 10, 2019
Gears 5 will be the latest entry in the long-running Xbox-exclusive third-person shooter franchise. The game is being developed once again by The Coalition and will have players controlling Kait Diaz, an outsider of Locust descent for a majority of the game.
As Kait, you must journey across a sprawling world filled with deadly creatures in order to uncover the origins of the Locust while encountering familiar characters from earlier games. Gears 5 will support local split-screen in addition to online multiplayer.
Borderlands 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Sep 13, 2019
Fans have been waiting for a new Borderlands game for quite some time, and it looks like Gearbox is finally ready to show what they’ve been working on. Just like in previous entries, Borderlands 3 uses a procedurally-generated loot system that spawns new weapons with varying stats and perks. The game features a new “Radiation” elemental damage type that replaces “Slag” from previous games while adding a DoT effect.
Borderlands 3 will also introduce four new character classes: Amara, a powerful Siren who can summon multiple arms; Moze, a small gunner who fights alongside a mech named Iron Bear; Zane, an operative with access to a variety of gadgets and tools; and FL4K, a robot who can summon creatures to fight alongside them in battle.
Session (PC, Xbox One) – Sep 17, 2019
Ever since the collapse of the THPS and Skate series, we quite simply have not seen a good skateboarding sim or really any skateboarding games at all. Luckily, Crea-ture Studios is planning on changing that later this year when they put out their skateboarding sim Session.
Unlike some of its predecessors, Session focuses more on technical skill by utilizing a distinct control scheme that promises to feel a lot closer to how skateboarding actually feels in real life. Additionally, the game will not have to not feature a scoring system, encouraging players to experiment and capture tricks they feel most proud of using the game’s expansive in-game camera options.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) – Sep 20, 2019
Link’s Awakening is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy title of the same name that’s slated to release on the Switch later this fall. The game sees series protagonist Link shipwrecked Koholint Island, where he learns that in order to leave he’ll have to awaken the island’s guardian, the Wind Fish, by retrieving eight magical instruments scattered across multiple dungeons.
While the remake retains the top-down perspective of the original, it features completely remade HD assets. The game is unique in that it is one of the few Zelda titles not set in Hyrule and doesn’t feature Princess Zelda or the Triforce.
The Surge 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Sep 24, 2019
The Surge 2 is a third-person action RPG developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. The sequel ditches the preset protagonist from the first game, allowing players to create a customizable character before being thrown into Jericho City, an urban wasteland brimming with dangerous mechanical foes.
The game carries over the challenging, Dark Souls-inspired combat of the original while introducing some new mechanics. Among these is a limb-targeting system which has been expanded, as well as new abilities, weapons, implants, and drones for players to take advantage of.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Oct 4, 2019
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a sequel to 2017’s Wildlands and has players traveling to a fictional archipelago named Auroa for what appears to be a standard recon mission. Soon after, they’ll find themselves face to face with the Wolves, a deadly former US military unit gone rogue led by a former ally, Colonel Cole D. Walker.
The biggest changes to gameplay stem from the addition of new survival and injury systems. Auroa’s map is about the same size as Wildlands’ but features more dynamic terrain such as dense forests with steep hills and thick, muddy swamps that can be dangerous but also useful in battle. Breakpoint will feature new character classes which can be changed at any point by visiting a camp and include Assault (DPS), Sharpshooter (long-range), and Panther (stealth).
Indivisible (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – Oct 8, 2019
Indivisible is an RPG developed by indie studio Lab Zero Games, best known for the 2D arcade fighter Skullgirls. The game has you play as a young woman named Ajna who, upon discovering a hidden power within herself, sets off on a journey to find the ones responsible for destroying her village.
Inspired by classic RPGs like Valkyrie Profile, the game blends together real-time action with ATB battling mechanics where characters are forced to recharge before attacking again. Indivisible includes 25 different party members, called “Incarnations”, whose powers can be combined for stronger attacks.
The Outer Worlds (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – Oct 25, 2019
The Outer Worlds is an action RPG coming from Obsidian Entertainment, whose notable credits include Fallout: New Vegas. Set in a future where mega-corporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets, the story sees the player traveling through space when something goes awry, leaving the player stranded at the edge of a space colony.
The game features first-person combat and the option to recruit NPC companions who can lend their strength in battle and sometimes offer unconventional solutions to problems encountered in the world. The Outer Worlds places an emphasis on player-choice and features multiple dialogue options as well as a variety of possible outcomes for completing quests.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – Oct 31, 2019
While Nintendo still hasn’t confirmed the release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3, we’re still hopeful it’ll be out before the year is done. The game has Luigi going on a new spooky adventure, this time inside a much larger mansion hotel whose ghostly guests have become aggressive.
Equipped with his new Poltergust-G00, Luigi will have to rescue his friends and uncover the source of all the supernatural activity. Luigi’s Mansion 3 supports both local and online co-op and introduces a new “ScareScraper” multiplayer mode where up to 8-players work together to catch ghosts and locate all the Toads.
Death Stranding (PS4) – Nov 8, 2019
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 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Nov 15, 2019
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 (Switch) – Nov 15, 2019
Pokémon Sword & Shield takes place in the UK-inspired Galar region, which is comprised of multiple environments ranging from small rural villages, bustling urban cities, icy mountains, mineral-rich caves, and massive stadiums. Along with the new region comes a new cel-shaded visual style that maintains the 3D-perspective of recent titles, including the ability to rotate the player camera freely.
It seems like developer Game Freak is aiming to bring some key new features to the series without disrupting too much of the core Pokémon experience. For one, the games will feature a new “Wild Area” that stretches between cities and spawns different wild Pokémon depending on the weather and the player’s current location. Additionally, a new kind of Pokémon transformation called “Dynamaxing” will cause Pokémon to become massive in size and boost their attacks for three turns.
DOOM Eternal (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – Nov 22, 2019
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 also works as a flamethrower.
Biomutant (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – TBA 2019
Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as 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.
Tunic (PC, Xbox One) – TBA 2019
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.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) – Mar 3, 2020
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.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – Mar 20, 2020
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 supports online multiplayer for up to 8-players inhabiting the same island. The game also introduces a plethora of new features including the ability to create paths, place furniture outside of homes, craft items, and an expanded character customization tool.
Cyberpunk 2077 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Apr 16, 2020
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 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Spring 2020
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 through 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.
Halo Infinite (PC, Xbox One, Project Scarlett) – Fall 2020
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 (PC, PS4) – TBA 2020
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 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – TBA 2020
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 (PS4) – TBA
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.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel (Switch) – TBA
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.
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