51 Hottest Upcoming Games of 2019: The Most Anticipated (Updated!)

Wondering what upcoming games of 2019 you’ll actually want to play? Look no further than the epic list below.

Your faithful friends here at Nerd Much? have scoured the web to verify every single game that has been officially slated for a 2019 release. Out of that mega list of games, we picked our 50 most anticipated games coming next year.

We’ve compiled those games into this unique one-of-a-kind list that you can’t possibly find anywhere else on the Internet. You’re welcome, Internet.

Thanks to this year’s E3, we now have tons of new games scheduled to launch sometime in 2019. And while the majority of them won’t have firm release dates announced for quite a while, it still gives us something to look forward to. Plus, you know, some of the games below DO actually have dates.

This list will continue to be updated as new titles are announced and release dates are set. And, of course, should one of these games slip into the abyss of 2020, we’ll remove them appropriately.

Take a look at what 2019 has in store for us thus far with our list below, and let us know which of these games has you most excited in the comments. It’ll be fun, promise.

See Also: The Most Anticipated Games of 2018


Resident Evil 2 Remake

Upcoming Games of 2019

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Survival Horror

Once the dust settled on E3 2018, it was clear that Resident Evil 2 Remake was one of the stars of the show. It had been rumored to be coming for months, but upon the trailer’s debut at Sony’s E3 press conference, it was clear that we were in line for something special. Capcom is remaking the original sequel from the ground up and will forgo the original Resident Evil 2’s tank controls with the over-the-shoulder camera angle originally introduced in Resident Evil 4. It’s going to be quite exciting to head back to Raccoon City.


Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG

The Disney based game is finally set for a firm release date in January, and with it a ton of new franchises are making their series debut in Kingdom Hearts 3. Confirmed to appear are characters and locales from Tangled, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Frozen. And plenty more that we’ve seen before such as Hercules and Pirates of the Caribbean. You likely know what to expect from a Kingdom Hearts game, but it’s essentially an RPG directed toward Disney enthusiasts. Hopefully those enthusiasts will finally get their long awaited game early next year.


Crackdown 3

Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: February 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action-Adventure Sandbox

4 years after its debut at E3 2014, we still have no idea what to expect from Crackdown 3. We got a new trailer at Microsoft’s conference this year, and it appeared to be comprised of in-game footage, but we’re still just as clueless as you are for the most part. Terry Crews now appears to be a prominent aspect of the game. And while we love Crews, his VO work in the lastest trailer can be described as over the top at best.

Crackdown 3 is a crucial first-party game for Microsoft. The project has undoubtedly gone through a tumultuous development cycle, but the console really needs this exclusive to pan out well. And if it turns out to be mediocre, well that’s yet another first-party IP for Microsoft down the drain. We’ll find out if it all comes together in February.


Trials Rising

Developer: RedLynx, Ubisoft Kiev
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: February 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Genre: Racing

The physics based motorcycle stunt series is back with Trials Rising. The Trials community will have the ability to create and share tracks with other players across the globe in this rendition. And you’ll also be able to customize your racer and bike with thousands of different items including helmets, jackets and trousers. There are a plethora of landmarks across the globe that will have tracks based upon them. Plenty of modes are incorporated, some new and some old. Announced so far are Tandem Mode, 4-Player offline co-op, Contracts, Asynchronous Challenges, and of course, Online Multiplayer. The game looks like a blast to play solo or with friends. Just don’t forget to wear your helmet.


Anthem

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action Role-Playing

Arguably one of the most exciting games slated for 2019 is BioWare’s hopeful return to form in Anthem. The game wowed when it debuted at E3 in 2017, and a year later, it’s still high on people’s wish lists. The title combines third-person shooting and action RPG elements within a shared open world.

Up to four players can adventure together within their customizable Javelin suits (think Iron Man). The game is designed for a group, but single-player will be supported as well. A BioWare staple of relationship building is present in Anthem, but there won’t be any romance as in many of the developer’s previous projects.

As you explore Anthem’s shared world by yourself or with friends, you’ll experience earth-shifting environmental disasters, fight against a variety of enemies large and small, and explore ancient locales rich with rewards. February can’t come soon enough.


Days Gone

Developer: SIE Bend
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: Survival-Horror, Action-Adventure

The more we see of Sony Bend’s Days Gone the more the upcoming title seems to impress. Gone are the days of thinking the project is “just another zombie game”. Instead, it’s proven to provide a compelling lived in world in which you continually stumbleupon environmental hazards – whether they be dead or alive.

Days Gone has a lot to live up to if it wants to compete with the pantheon of other first-party Sony exclusives. But something tells us this game will catch a lot of people off guard when it releases in February.

Want to know more about Days Gone? Check out why exactly we’re interested in yet another zombie game.


Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Metro Exodus picks up the series two years after the events of Metro: Last Light. The game starts off from Last Light’s “Redemption” ending and continues the story of Artyom as he attempts to flee the Metro in Moscow. The title will see Artyom and his wife Anna attempt to travel far east to begin a new life. However, that journey will be more perilous than Artyom or Anna know.

Exodus will feature both sandbox environments and linear levels to progress the plot. The story will take place over the course of a year, with the game’s dynamic weather and day-night cycle constantly changing locales based upon the time of year. 4A Games promises that Exodus will be their “most ambitious project yet” (via WCCFTECH), and if that’s not enough to make it one of your most anticipated upcoming games of 2019 than I don’t know what is.


The Division 2

Developer: Massive Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG

The sequel to The Division moves from the streets of New York City into the nation’s capital. A civil war is breaking out within Washington D.C., and it’s up to The Division to help squash it. Massive is introducing 8 player Raids into The Division 2. And the developers have promised that three episodes of post launch DLC, including new story content and game modes, will be made available to all players for free.


Dead or Alive 6

Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Fighting

The Dead or Alive fighting engine revolves around a triangle system in which strikes beat throws, throws beat holds, and holds beat strikes. Dead or Alive 6 doesn’t look to reinvent the wheel, err triangle, but the latest installment does introduce a special attack meter that builds up what Team Ninja is calling their Break Gauge System.

Once your meter is full you can the execute a Break Blow or a Break Hold on your opponent. The former inflicts a powerful attack while parrying an enemy strike. The latter is an ultra hold which returns upper, middle and lower strikes upon your foe. The system looks to add a new layer of complexity upon an already solid fighting franchise.


Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action-Adventure

Many speculated that it would be Sony’s E3 conference in which the much rumored Devil May Cry 5 would make its debut. But no, quite the opposite in fact. Microsoft’s E3 briefing got the reveal of a game. And fans of the series couldn’t be more excited.

Both Dante and Nero will return as playable characters in 5. A third playable character will be introduced as well but details are scant at this point. All we know is that the story will take place several years after the events of 4. We’ve already waited about 10 years since the release of Devil May Cry 4. With 5 aiming for Q1 2019, the next iteration of the series is finally in sight.


Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: Switch
Genre: Tactical RPG

Following over a year of silence on the game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses made its presence felt during E3. Three Houses represents the first time Fire Emblem has come to a Nintendo “console” since 2007’s Radiant Dawn. Three Houses sports the same top-down strategy action you’ve come to know and love from the series. But with the Switch comes a new coat of paint for the series. Battles that used to feature polygonal sprites now come to life with animated cut scenes. Thus making every encounter a work of art.


Imperator: Rome

Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC
Genre: Strategy

Imperator: Rome is an upcoming grand strategy game that brings us into the time period of the infamous Roman empire. The developers state that it’s “the most detailed Paradox map ever”, which encompasses the areas of land from the Pillars of Hercules to India. Paradox has announced a whole slew of new features to be introduced within Rome to help keep the series feeling fresh. Hopefully their strategy game pedigree holds true and they conquer the genre once again next year.


Indivisible

Developer: Lab Zero Games
Publisher: 505 Games
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Genre: Action RPG

Indivisible is an upcoming anime styled RPG that features Metroidvania like gameplay. It’s set witin large scale fantasy worlds which take inspiration from a variety of cultures and mythologies worldwide. The main character, Ajna has the ability to absorb “Incarnations” throughout the game which power her up. Each Incarnation has their own abilities and story, all beautifully rendered via hand drawn 2D animation.


My Friend Pedro

Developer: DeadToast Entertainment
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, Switch
Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up

If you haven’t heard of My Friend Pedro, you owe it to yourself to take a minute and a half to checkout the game’s E3 trailer. We’ll wait.

My Friend Pedro is essentially a ballet of bullets. You’ll utilize split aiming and slow motion in order to dispatch foes in a stylish display of action and finesse. Oh, and you’ll do all of that at the behest of a sentient banana. So there’s that.


Ninjala

Developer: GungHo
Publisher: GungHo
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: Switch
Genre: Action

Ninjala has been compared to Splatoon aesthetically since its E3 debut. But that’s pretty much where the comparisons conclude. It’s multiplayer centric, with players utilizing parkour to run up buildings and perform acrobatics thanks to their ninjutsu inducing bubblegum.

The developers state there will be story mode, but it looks like multiplayer is the primary focus. Matches consist of 8 players attempting to score the most points by knocking each other out in combat. You’ll blow bubblegum bubbles in order to generate weapons, with larger bubbles leading to larger, slower weapons. And smaller bubbles getting you the opposite.


Rage 2

Developer: Avalanche Studios, id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: First-Person Shooter

The infamous Walmart leak of 2018 spoiled the reveal of Rage 2 for the masses. Many people doubted the validity of the retailer’s listing, but when a franchise as obscure as Rage was confirmed just as the leak foretold, we knew it had to be legit. The game looks to be a fantastically frenetic mashup of Doom and Mad Max. Which makes sense considering id developed Doom and Avalanche developed Mad Max.

Players roam the game’s post-apocalyptic open world following Earth’s devastation by way of a rogue asteroid. The setting is 30 years after the initial Rage, so the series is getting mostly new characters with a few familiar faces popping up here and there.


Sea of Solitude

Sea of Solitude

Developer: Jo-Mei Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Adventure

Sea of Solitude was announced as the next EA Originals indie title back in December. The game then introduced itself to the world during the publisher’s E3 showcase earlier this month. As an allegory for the creator’s own deep rooted fears and emotions, the main character Kay has turned herself into a monster due to her immense loneliness. And now only the monsters can help to transform her back.

We also know that the game will release at some point in 2019. [via IGN]


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Adventure-Adventure

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice comes to us from the same team that developed Bloodborne for PlayStation 4. The game looks comparable in gameplay to Bloodborne as well as the developer’s other notable work, the Dark Souls series. However, the game won’t feature RPG elements nor multiplayer modes like the others do.

The setting is 16th century Sengoku Japan. You play as a shinobi named Sekiro as the character attempts to take revenge on a samurai who previously attacked Sekiro and kidnapped his lord. The samurai has severed one of Sekiro’s arms, thus leading to an in-game mechanic in which Sekiro can install various gadgets and accessories upon his prosthetic and upgrade them throughout his adventure.


Total War: Three Kingdoms

Developer: Creative Assembly
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: Early 2019
Platform: PC
Genre: Turn-Based Strategy

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the 12th mainline entry in the Total War series. This iteration of the real-time strategy title is set in the Three Kingdoms period where players take control of one of the game’s 11 available factions. Your goal? Eliminate the other 10 to unify China and become its ultimate leader.

Three Kingdoms features a couple of new modes to the series. The first is called Romance (inspired by the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms) and grants your generals with near superhuman strength. The second, called Classic (based upon the novel Records of the Three Kingdoms), is more historically accurate in that the mode’s generals have their powers removed and can no longer be commanded separately.


Session

Developer: Crea-ture Studios
Publisher: Crea-ture Studios
Release Date: Late 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Skateboarding

Those heavily anticipating the announcement of Skate 4 walked away from E3 pretty disappointed. However, there was a silver lining in the clouds. And that silver lining was the announcement of Session for Xbox One. The skateboarding title is being developed as a sim of sorts. There won’t be a scoring system and the game incorporates “a unique control scheme that gives players full control. Crea-ture Studios states that Session “is all about authenticity and creativity. Freedom of expression is the core of skateboarding so players shouldn’t have to worry about how many point their tricks are worth.”


Phoenix Point

Developer: Snapshot Games
Publisher: Snapshot Games
Release Date: June 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Turn-Based Strategy

Julian Gollop, the creator of the X-Com series, is bringing a new tactical strategy game our way. In the year 2022, an extraterrestrial virus is discovered in melted permafrost. Dubbed the Pandoravirus, it mutates Earth’s humans and animals into grotesque creatures across the globe. Within a few years, a global apocalypse has occurred. 20 years later enters your character, the leader of a secretive organization known as Phoenix Point.

The game is a spiritual successor to the X-Com series, so you essentially know what to expect. Phoenix Point also introduces a mechanic that’s quite similar to Fallout’s VATS system in which you can target specific points of your enemies body. The game takes players across the globe on a procedurally generated map in an attempt to gather resources, eliminate bosses, and reclaim Earth.


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: EA
Release Date: Holiday 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action-Adventure

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was casually announced during EA’s E3 presentation this year. Nothing has been shown of the upcoming game, but we do have a few details to go on. It will tell an original Star Wars story which revolves around a surviving Padawan shortly after Return of the Sith. Respawn also confirmed the game will be coming Holiday 2019, so expect a full blowout sometime around E3 next year.


Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Developer: Triumph Studios
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC
Genre: Turn-Based Strategy

Age of Wonders: Planetfall represents Triumph Studios’ 5th game in the Age of Wonders series. However, unlike previous entries in the franchise, Planetfall takes the turn-based strategy title into a sci-fi setting. We don’t know much, but Triumph is promising a rich sci-fi world, the ability to build your own unique House and colonies, and an in-game system that will allow for victory via “conquest, diplomacy, or doomsday technologies.”

You can read more about Age of Wonders: Planetfall over at PCGamer who is lucky enough to have some very early impressions.


Babylon’s Fall

Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Unknown

Babylon’s Fall is coming to us courtesy of a partnership between Square Enix and Platinum Games. And that’s about all we know. The game made its debut in trailer form during Square Enix’s conference at E3. It’s likely an action title judging by the developer’s track record, but we’ll have to wait until more information is released before we know anything concrete.


Battletoads

Developer: Rare, DLaLa Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Unknown

Announced during Microsoft’s E3 presser, Battletoads is poised to bring the classic series back to the main stage. We didn’t get much other than a comic book-esque trailer without any kind of look at the game itself. But we do know the series’ reimagination will sport 3 player couch co-op with 2.5D visuals. IGN is stating the game is slated for a March 2019 debut, but we can’t verify that date through any other sources.


Catherine: Full Body

Developer: Studio Zero
Publisher: Atlus USA
Release Date: 2019
Platform:PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Genre: Puzzle-Platform, Adventure

“The love triangle is now a love square” in Catherine: Full Body. Full Body is Studio Zero’s remastering of 2011’s one-of-a-kind adventure puzzler Catherine by Atlus. Full Body introduces a third Catherine into the mix, incorporates an online mode, and brings additional chapters and endings along with it for the first time to PlayStation 4 and Vita.


Control

Developer: Remedy Games
Publisher: 505 Games
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Third-Person Shooter, Action-Adventure

Remedy Entertainment finally pulled the curtain back on their next project, codenamed “P7”, during Sony’s E3 press conference. In Control you play as the director of the Federal Bureau of Control, Jesse Fadan. Fadan’s story pits her up against the Hiss, an unknown entity which has corrupted members of the Bureau and disrupted reality itself.

In the game, players wield “The Director’s Pistol” which can be transformed into a variety of shapes. Fadan will also have telekinetic and supernatural abilities at her disposal for unique offensive and defensive maneuvers. The adventure will likely be somewhat lengthy as Remedy states the game will be one of their more “longer term experiences”.


Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course  (DLC)

Developer: Studio MDHR
Publisher: Studio MDHR
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Run and Gun

At a time when Microsoft was desperate for solid exclusives, the console got just that with the release of Cuphead back in September. The game was amazing and performed incredibly well for the small team at Studio MDHR. The crew apparently had plenty more ink in the well too, as they’ve announced DLC for Cuphead coming our way in 2019.

Titled Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the premium content will introduce a new isle, bosses, weapons and charms. A new character is being thrown in too in the form of Ms. Chalice. She appears to have the ability to double jump at will, which should prove helpful in an frenetic game such as this.


Daemon X Machina

Developer: Marvelous, First Studio
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 2019
Platform: Switch
Genre: Action

Nintendo started off their E3 Direct this year with a game no one saw coming – because no had ever heard of it. Regardless, Daemon X Machina impressed. The game is a fast-paced mech-based action title. The cel shaded visuals are gorgeously slick and the combat looks impressively fluid.

The trailer featured the player’s mechs going up against considerably larger opponents, and then taking them out with seemingly ease. We’ll have to wait to get more information on Daemon X Machina before we can determine whether it’s too good to be true. But first impressions go a long way.


Dying Light 2

Developer: Techland
Publisher: Techland Publishing
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Survival Horror, First-Person Action RPG

The original Dying Light launched under the radar in January 2015, and it quickly began generating buzz until eventually landing on our list of the best zombie games of all-time. The video game landscape was barren at the time, so upon hearing the game was actually pretty damn good, fans flocked to it. 4 plus years later, Techland hopes to double down on the first iteration’s success with Dying Light 2 which the company revealed at this year’s E3 with a badass trailer.

The sequel takes place 15 years after the first game. Within it, players will be tasked with making various important choices as the story progresses. You can choose to play selfishly, or act in the best interest of the community around you. And your choices will bring about dramatic results regardless of which way you lean. Techland also hired industry veteran Chris Avellone with plans to introduce more RPG elements into their zombie parkour title.


Gears 5

Developer: The Coalition
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Third-Person Shooter

No longer Gears of War, Gears 5 hopes to be a big step forward towards the evolution of this iconic Xbox series. The 5th core entry focuses on Kait Diaz’s story and puts her front and center. Without spoiling the events of Gears of War 4, a revelation was made about Kait’s heritage that she and her crew are anxious to track down more information on.

The cast of Gears 4, including JD Fenix, Marcus Fenix, Delmont Walker and the aforementioned Kait are all back. And the game once again supports local split screen or online co-op play. The Coalition looks to be designing more lush environments this go around to help deviate from the franchise’s normal drab, muted tones. We’ll certainly hear a ton about this game next year.


Generation Zero

Generation Zero

Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Avalanche Studios
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Open World First-Person Shooter

Generation Zero is yet another IP attempting to dip its toe into the nostalgia rich 80s – and we love it. We’ve only seen a trailer to this point for Avalanche’s upcoming self-published title, but we get the gist. You and your ragtag group are fighting off some kind of mechanical uprising in a post-apocalyptic setting. The game is set to an ominous synthetic soundtrack that feels like it’s pulled straight out of Stranger Things too.


In the Valley of the Gods

Developer: Campo Santo
Publisher: Valve
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC
Genre: Adventure

In the Valley of the Gods is the next walking sim from the team that brought you 2016’s Firewatch. The game takes place in the 1920s as your character, Rishida, takes part in an Egyptian treasure hunt. You’re paired with your former partner, Zora with whom there’s apparently bad blood. Camp Santo states that you’ll be “uncovering treasure and treachery in pursuit of a discovery that could bring you fame and fortune—or leave you for dead, buried beneath the sands.”


Jump Force

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action, Fighting

You could hear anime fans explode with glee following the blindsiding announcement of Jump Force. The game serves as a celebration of Weekly Jump Magazine’s 50th anniversary. The events of Jump Force take place in a reality in which Jump World and our Real World have merged. Thus, the characters sport realistic life like graphics while staying true to their animated form. For the first time, characters from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and more come together to fight in one Earth shattering event. And we couldn’t be more hyped.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey

Developer: AlphaDream
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 2019
Platform: 3DS
Genre: RPG

The DS classic is making its triumphant return on the Nintendo… 3DS. It may not be the platform most hoped for, but it’s coming nonetheless. The 3DS port sports upgraded visuals to help deage the 10 year old RPG. It will also feature a new side-story titled Bowser Jr.’s Journey. There’s no details as of yet how extensive the new mode is though.


Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Developer: Moon Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Genre: Platform Adventure

Ori and the Will of the Wisps takes Ori beyond the forest of Nibel and thrusts the character on a journey to discover Ori’s true destiny. The initial game earned itself rave reviews with its Rayman inspired platforming and Metroid styled progression. It comes as little surprise that next year’s sequel comes with great anticipation.


Pokémon

Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Release Date: 2019
Platform: Switch
Genre: RPG

While we have 3 Pokémon titles coming to Switch in 2018, the one coming in 2019 is what fans are truly hyped for. Next year’s Pokémon offering is being designed from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch. Therefore, it will be the first core game within the Pokémon series to premiere on console hardware. Even though that console hardware  is also portable.

We don’t have many details as Nintendo doesn’t want to cannibalize the upcoming Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee titles. But we do know that series’ director Junichi Masuda has confirmed the game will debut the 8th Pokémon generation into the franchise. And that unlike the Let’s Go pair of titles, 2019’s Pokémon will not be influenced by Pokémon Go. Expect a good look at the game early next year.


Sable

Developer: Shedworks
Publisher: Raw Fury
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, Unspecified Consoles
Genre: Adventure

Debuting at the E3 2018 PC conference, Sable quickly placed itself amongst the most gorgeous games at the show this year. The title features an art style that feels like it’s pulled right from a comic. But other than it’s gorgeous style, we know little to nothing else about it. Other than the fact that you have a sweet, sweet hoverbike.

Shedworks describes Sable as “a coming-of-age tale of discovery through exploration across a strikingly rendered open world desert.” You’ll explore an alien planet as the titular character. There, you’ll adventure through ancient monuments, wrecked alien ships and derelict architecture. As you traverse the foreign world Sable has found herself upon, you’ll learn about the planet’s previous inhabitants and yourself in the process.


Shenmue 3

Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action-Adventure

We haven’t seen anything from Shenmue 3 in some time, so there’s no telling how development on the title is actually going. The game’s director, Yu Suzuki, has already delayed the game twice. The most recent being in May when he confirmed the game would be pushed into 2019. What we do know is that Shenmue 3 continues the story of Ryo Hazuki as he begin his next journey in the mountains of Guilin, China. Hopefully 2019 is the year we finally learn more, and perhaps even see the long awaited game’s release.


Skull & Bones

Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action

Ubisoft Singapore is taking inspiration from the naval combat of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and fleshing it out with multiplayer and more in Skull & Bones. And while multiplayer seems to be the focus, single-player is being offered as well. Throughout the game you’ll continually acquire new ships and crew members in an attempt to assemble the ultimate pirate fleet. Your ships and your captain are fully customizable so that you and you’re fleet can look as terrifying as you deem fit. Ubisoft showcased a gameplay demo during their E3 2018 presentation which certainly whet our appetites.


The Surge 2

Developer: Deck 13
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG

Deck 13 plans to keep what worked about The Surge and iterate on it for The Surge 2.  That includes the game’s dynamic limb targeting system and deep character progression. The sequel takes place in a much more open world than the first game. An open world which the developers describe as “a sprawling, devastated city with larger and more ambitious level design.” Deck 13 also states that combat is “more brutal and tactical than ever thanks to an expanded targeting system.”


The Wolf Among Us: Season 2

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile
Genre: Graphic Adventure

5 years later, Fables fans are finally poised to get their long awaiting second season of Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us. The new episodes were initially intended to roll out this year, but due to internal issues Telltale was forced to delay The Wolf Among Us: Season 2 into 2019. The new season is said to continue the primary narrative which focused on the events surrounding Bigby and Snow White. The upcoming series is likely to be one of the first to utilize Telltale’s new in-house engine.


Twin Mirror

Twin Mirror

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC
Genre: Narrative Adventure

Twin Mirror was announced not too long ago just prior to E3. There’s still relatively little known about it. The game comes to us from the developers of another iconic narrative driven series in Life is Strange. Dontnod Entertainment says that Twin Mirror is a “story-driven investigative game” in which your character Sam has returned to his hometown for the funeral of his best friend. Coinciding with that is his recent, devastating breakup with his longtime girlfriend.

Sam awakens one morning with his shirt covered in blood and no recollection of the prior night’s events. With Sam’s psyche traumatized by recent events, he must literally explore his own mind to uncover the truth of recent events and to exorcise the demons plaguing his sanity.


Yoshi

Developer: Good-Feel
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 2019
Platform: Switch
Genre: Side-Scrolling Platformer

Fans were shocked that Yoshi wasn’t a part of Nintendo’s 2018 E3 Direct. But once the project no showed, it became pretty clear we wouldn’t be seeing the game in 2018 as originally intended. The gimmick of the upcoming  game is that when Yoshi stomps on the ground, the camera flips the level horizontally so that you’re viewing the opposite side. You can then navigate and find secrets hidden in the background of levels which is utilized heavily for puzzles and general advancement.


Wasteland 3

Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: inXile Entertainment
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG

Wasteland 3 is an upcoming party-based RPG, and looks to be a significant upgrade from Wasteland 2. The third game will introduce vehicles, environmental dangers, and “a revamped, fluid action system.” You’ll be able to experience inXile Entertainment’s “trademark complex story” either solo or via asynchronous multiplayer. The game takes place in the “savage lands of frozen Colorado.” There, you’ll be faced with moral dilemmas and asked to make personal sacrifices. All of which will then influence the game world as a whole.


Wolfenstein: Young Blood

Developer: MachineGames
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: 2019
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Genre: First-Person Shooter 

The Wolfenstein series continues with Blazkowicz still gunning to take down the Nazi regime. However this time it’s not B.J. doing the gunning. Wolfenstein: Young Blood takes place in 1980s Paris in which the Nazi party is in full control. The main character in play this go around is not one, but two Blazkowicz’s. They’re the twin daughters of B.J., Jess and Soph.

The upcoming shooter is a standalone follow-up to 2017’s Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. As the main characters are a pair of twin sisters, Young Blood will feature cooperative gameplay as the duo attempt to track down their missing father.


The Last of Us: Part 2

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure

Obviously, we’re stoked for The Last of Us: Part 2, which will puck up five years after where we left off, following Joel and Ellie. Of course, we don’t know much at this point, as it’s still early-on. But I tell you what – those trailers we’ve seen so far have been visceral, bloody, and super dark.

What upcoming games of 2019 are you looking forward to most? Sound off in the comments below!

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