Game developers today are working with technology that’s constantly improving and as a result, are capable of building massive, beautifully rendered worlds for players to explore. This has led to a number of highly ambitious and immersive open-world games, like The Witcher 3 and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.

While open-world games are often at the center of gaming discussions, there are some titles that may slip under the radar for most players. So we thought we’d compile a list of the upcoming open-world games that have us most excited. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this story with new entries in the future.

The Division 2

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Upcoming Open World Games

The Division 2 is Ubisoft’s upcoming online action RPG. Developed by Massive Entertainment, creators of the first Division game, the sequel looks to improve on all the issues that plagued the original game. The game is expected to have more content at launch and an improved endgame for dedicated players.

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The Division 2 takes place in Washington D.C. seven months after the events of the first game, and has the player navigating a war-torn city being fought over by survivor and raider factions. The PVP area known as the Dark Zone will be returning, this time with three different areas for players to duke it out and obtain better gear.  In addition, Raids will be made available, allowing up to eight players to team up and take on tougher missions.

The Sinking City

Release Date: March 21, 2019

Open World Games Pc

The Sinking City is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Frogwares and published by Bigben Interactive. The game is heavily inspired by the works of horror author H.P. Lovecraft, and has players take on the role of Charles W. Reed, a private investigator whose task is to unravel the cause behind the mysterious events occurring in the town of Oakmont.

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Gameplay consists of talking to NPCs, learning details about their case, and using that information to investigate further. The Sinking City also features an insanity mechanic that distorts Reed’s perspective every time he makes a disturbing discovery. Leaning heavily into the detective genre, the game offers little to no map markers, and instead has players using context clues to locate key items, locations, and characters.

Generation Zero

Release Date: March 26, 2019

New Open World Games

Generation Zero is an upcoming action game self-published by Avalanche Studios, most known for the Just Cause series. The game takes place in 1980s Sweden and has the player controlling a teenager who, after returning home from a trip, finds the land surrounding their countryside home littered with dangerous robots. In Generation Zero, up to four friends can explore a now hostile open-world together, scavenging for weapons and supplies while unraveling what happened.

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The game features a number of different enemy types, including dog-like machines called Runners, which can be taken down in inventive ways. Players can blind enemies by targeting optical lenses in their eyes, slow them down by shooting at their hydraulic pumps, and lure them away from other robots by setting traps. The developers have stated their goal is to offer as little hand-holding in the game as possible and create a “cerebral puzzle” that players can analyze themselves.

Days Gone

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Open World Pc Games

Days Gone is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by SIE Bend Studio exclusively for the PlayStation 4. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world brimming with zombie-like creatures called “Freakers”, and has the player take control of Deacon St. John, a former outlaw-turned drifter who travels via motorcycle.

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Unlike most zombie games, Days Gone deemphasizes direct combat, and instead has you utilizing environmental traps in order to thin out hordes of Freakers. The game will be narrative-driven and include dialogue options that will impact the story and Deacon’s relationships with other survivors. Additionally, Days Gone features some survival mechanics, such as maintaining your motorcycle by scavenging for gas, making repairs, and upgrading its parts.

Rage 2

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Upcoming Sandbox Games

Rage 2 is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by id Software in conjunction with Avalanche Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is set 30 years after the events of Rage, and has players take control of Walker, the last surviving ranger in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been inhabited by deadly mutants following an asteroid collision on Earth.

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Rage 2 offers a huge sandbox open-world to explore, filled with traveling bandits and enemy strongholds that can be infiltrated. Players have access to an array of superhuman abilities, called Nanotrites, which allow them to traverse the world and defeat enemies in interesting ways. Among these are a Dash ability that zips Walker forward in the direction he’s moving, Shatter, which sends enemies flying, and Overdrive, which causes guns to do more damage and regenerates health.

Biomutant

Release Date: TBA 2019

Open World Games

Biomutant is an upcoming action RPG developed by Swedish developer Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mutated animals, and has players controlling a customizable raccoon-like character capable of wielding a variety of weapons including swords and guns. How players design their character affects gameplay, with attributes like gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all impacting character stats.

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The overarching goal in Biomutant is to save the Tree of Life, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures. Along the way, players will encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings and claws which can be attached to provide an edge in battle or reach certain areas. The game features a branching storyline as well as a karma system, where player decisions impact different characters’ stances and affect the game’s world.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release Date: TBA 2019

New Open World Game

A Plague Tale: Innocence is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Asobo Studio and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game takes place during the historical Hundred Years’ War, and follows the story of two siblings, Amicia and her younger brother Hugo as they try to survive.

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Players take control of Amicia and interact with the environment by slinging rocks, which can break drawbridge chains, destroy lanterns, and stun enemy guards. The game has players navigating through dimly lit areas where fire is the only means of protection from large swarms of infectious rats. In order to progress, players will have to solve puzzles and stealthily make their way past deadly soldiers.

Dying Light 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

Upcoming Open World Rpgs

Dying Light 2 is an upcoming action RPG developed and self-published by Techland. The game has players controlling a new protagonist named Gazi, and takes place in another European-based location called “The City”. Dying Light 2 plans to be more ambitious than the first game, featuring a map four-times the size of the original and several factions that players can align with.

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Gameplay will be fairly similar to Dying Light, 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 story, where decisions impact the world both narratively and physically. Unlike the original game, zombies will only roam freely at night.

The Surge 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

Upcoming Open World Games Xbox One

The Surge 2 is an upcoming action RPG developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. Ditching the preset protagonist from the first game, players will create a customizable character and be thrown into Jericho City, an urban wasteland brimming with dangerous mechanical foes.

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The sequel carries over the challenging, Dark Souls-inspired combat of the first game, while also adding some new layers. Among these are the limb targeting system, which has been expanded, as well as new abilities, weapons, implants, and drones for players to take advantage of. The Surge 2 will feature an array of diverse new enemy types and bosses that are sure to pose a challenge for players.

Greedfall

Release Date: TBA 2019

2019 Open World Games

Greedfall is an upcoming action RPG developed by Spiders and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game is set during an alternate, magic-embedded version of the 17th century, and has players controlling either a male or female protagonist, exploring a remote island that’s rumored to be filled with riches and secrets.

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During their journey, players will find themselves in the middle of ever-increasing tensions between rivaling factions, discover the island’s mysteries, interact with NPCs, and complete quests. Greedfall promises players a lot of freedom in how they choose to approach challenges, allowing for different outcomes based on strategy. The island is described as a living, ever-evolving world where actions influence and alter the course of the game’s story.

Atomic Heart

Release Date: TBA 2019

New Open World Games 2019

Atomic Heart is an upcoming first-person shooter self-published by developer Mundfish. The game takes place in an alternate universe where a technical revolution under the Soviet Union’s regime has taken place. The player assumes control of a Soviet KGB officer who’s been tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent and find out what’s gone wrong.

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Atomic Heart features an expansive open-world, consisting of several regions with different biomes and structures with multiple levels to explore. Combat is primarily focused on melee weapons, with firearms and ammo encounters being very limited. In addition mechanical enemies, players will have to deal with zombies and a myriad of other bizarre, hostile creatures throughout the game.

The Outer Worlds

Release Date: TBA 2019

Upcoming Open World Games Ps4

The Outer Worlds is an upcoming action RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Private Division. The game is set in a future where mega-corporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets and has players creating an original character. While traveling through space, something goes wrong and leaves the player’s ship stranded at the edge of a space colony.

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While exploring nearby planets, players will begin to unravel the true intentions of the corporations that have begun colonizing space. The game features first-person combat and the option to recruit NPC companions with unique skills that can be used in battle. The Outer Worlds places an emphasis on player-choice, offering flexibility in how players choose to interact with NPCs and complete quests.

Cyberpunk 2077

Release Date: TBA 2019

Open World Games Coming Soon

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming first-person RPG developed and published by CD Projekt. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future.  Players will create a customizable character named V, and begin exploring the six distinct regions that make up Night City’s open-world.

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While playing as V, players will be able to use experience points to upgrade their stats and invest in skills based on 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 as well. Cyberpunk 2077 features vehicles, allowing players to travel quickly between different areas.

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