Best Upcoming Open-World Games 2019 (And Beyond)

Advancements in technology have allowed game designers to create both bigger and better games. The best example to illustrate how impactful these innovations have been is open-world games. Titles like The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 provide a glimpse into a future beyond 2019 where immersion and interactiveness take center stage. 

Here, we will be highlighting the most highly-anticipated game 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:

Biomutant

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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

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.

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 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.

Maneater

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PC

Maneater is an action-RPG from Killing Floor developer Tripwire Interactive in which players become one of the most powerful apex predators, the shark. Equipped with deadly instincts and an even deadlier bite, you’ll begin to explore an underwater open-world filled with an endless number of threats and rewards.

You start off small as a young shark pup, eventually growing in size and evolving to adapt to multiple environments, making you a worthy adversary for other predators. The game has been toted as “GTA with sharks,” which is a phrase we’d like to hear more often. 

Watch Dogs: Legion

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Rumors that a new Watchdogs game set in London had been circulating long before E3; however, Ubisoft confirmed the game’s existence when they released a cryptic teaser days before their scheduled presentation with the caption “God Save the NPCs.” Now we know what they were hinting at as Watchdogs: Legion will allow players to seize control of any NPC in the game as they fight to overthrow a corrupt private military corporation controlling London.

Each character will have unique perks that can be useful for different situations, such as dealing bonus damage with a specific weapon or against certain enemy types, faster cooldowns for abilities, discounts at different vendors, etc. Additionally, the game will include an online co-op mode where you’ll be able to participate in missions and side activities with other players. 

Ghost of Tsushima

Release Date: TBA

Platform: PS4

Ghost of Tsushima is a new action-stealth game currently being developed by Sucker Punch Studios, best known for the Infamous series. In it, you play as Jin Sakai, the last samurai alive on Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan.

The game will reportedly feature an extremely large open-world that can be explored freely without any waypoints or form of guidance. The player will use a katana as their primary weapon, with access to other useful tools like a grappling hook that can be used to climb ledges and a horse for traveling long-distances.

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