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.
Greedfall (PC, Xbox One, PS4) – Sep, 2019
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.
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.
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.
The Outer Worlds (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – 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.
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.
Atomic Heart (PC, Xbox One, PS4) – TBA, 2019
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.
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.
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