2018 is coming to a close and now it’s time to look forward to the year ahead and get hyped about what’s in store for gamers over the next 12 months as we run through some of the most anticipated games of 2019.
The list below will feature titles with solid release dates and others which are expected to land in 2019 – though we always know a good game will get a delay or two, so don’t take this list as gospel – here’s looking at you, Crackdown 3.
Kingdom Hearts 3
How could we not start this list without looking at what is the most anticipated game of the year, period? It’s been so long I’ve forgotten actually how long we’ve been waiting for this game but here it is. January 29, 2019.
And bloody hell, Disney and Square Enix have pulled out all the stops on this one bringing Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Tangled, Frozen, and many more Disney properties into the game and genuinely looks to be an incredible title.
That is if we can figure out what the bloody hell is happening…
Speaking of games we’ve been
Crackdown 3 has been hyped for some time now however we’re honestly unsure what to expect from the game since the original “powered by the cloud” concept seems to have gone out of the window. As long as there’s some sort of online co-op and gameplay similar to Crackdown 1, we’ll be happy.
Please don’t delay it again Microsoft. Please.
Bandai Namco is set to release the biggest crossover title in history, at least when Shonen Jump properties are concerned. This game will see Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, My Hero Academa, Bleach, Yu-Gi-Oh, and more all come together to beat the ever living shit out of each other.
What’s more, these battles between Good and Evil will take place in amongst battlefields which blend real-world and Jump locations, and trust me from the gameplay I’ve seen it’s going to be a pretty epic title.
Jump Force hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 15.
Probably one of the busiest stands I’ve seen at EGX 2018, Metro Exodus is definitely among the top of the most anticipated games of 2019. Once again we’ll be gracing the post-apocalyptic snow-covered lands of Russia trying to fight our way through mutants and hostile human folk.
Set two years after Last Light, players will once again take the role of Artyom after he flees the Moscow Metro on a journey with the Spartan Rangers to the far east.
Metro Exodus is set to hit Xbox One, PS4, and PC on February 15, 2019.
Ah yes, EA Games’ attempt at mimicking the success of Activision’s Destiny. It’s a game we’re pretty excited about because let’s face it, Destiny is a bit shit. Anthem, on the other hand, could also be a bit shit, but with BioWare at the helm, we’re at least in for a decent story, right?
Either way, there are a good number of us hyped to take control of our Javelins and jetpack through the world that BioWare has created.
Anthem is set to hopefully not disappoint us on February 22, 2019.
Dirt Rally 2.0
After Codemaster’s incredible return to form with Dirt Rally back in 2015, a few of us are pretty excited to see what they do with the second entry into the series. Rather than opting for Early Access, Dirt Rally 2.0 will be a full release on February 26, 2019.
The game is set to feature new tracks from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, and the United States. The game will also feature a new weather modeling system which will have an overall e
ToeJam & Earl Back in the Groove
While nothing will beat ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron there are plenty of us hyped for ToeJam & Earl Back in the Groove which was crowdfunded back in 2015.
The game is set to feature a fixed isometric view point similar to the first ToeJam & Earl title for the Sega Megadrive except it’ll look a hell of a lot better because, y’know, it’s 2019.
ToeJam & Earl Back in the Groove is set to land on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 1, 2019.
Devil May Cry 5
Capcom is back with the fifth entry into the Devil May Cry series and to say we’re excited is an understatement. While it’s not quite DmC 2, Devil May Cry will see the return of series protagonists Dante and Nero as playable characters, along with a new character, named “V”.
Devil May Cry 5 will also introduce a new mechanic in the form of Devil Breakers – a series of robotic arms which Nero can equip to gain an advantage on the battlefield, one of which is inspired by Mega Man.
Devil May Cry 5 is set to hack and slack its way onto Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on March 8, 2019.
The Division 2
The Division is back and its sequel is set to bring with it a new location in the form of Washington D.C. Set 7 months after The Division, The Division 2 will focus on a war between survivors and bandits rather than the Dollar Flu which seems to have wiped out half of America.
According to Massive Entertainment, The Division 2 will feature plenty more content at launch compared to its predecessor and will have a much better endgame.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
From Software’s latest title is coming our way courtesy of Activision and whisks players off to a reimagined late 16th century Sengoku period Japan as players take the role of a Shinobi named Sekiro.
This is a game all about revenge as Sekiro is on the hunt for a samurai who attacked him and kidnapped his lord. Interestingly the game will be a slight departure from FromSoftware’s Dark Souls series as it won’t have RPG elements such as character creation, classes, and weapon upgrades.
It seems the focus will be on the game’s combat and the finesse of fighting with a katana and attacking poise and balance to deliver a final killing blow.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set to launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 22, 2019.
Mortal Kombat 11
This one is a bit of a latecomer to the anticipated games list, but following the success of Mortal Kombat X and what NeatherRealm have done with the Injustice series, many of us are looking forward to what the developer does with the next entry into the Mortal Kombat series.
Announced at The Game Awards 2018, more information about Mortal Kombat X is expected to come in the new year.
The sequel no one knew we really wanted, however, id Software seem to be doing a pretty great job at making the game’s post-apocalyptic world look fun and somewhat colorful.
Considering the way Bethesda has handled Fallout 76 this year, we are quite skeptical as to whether RAGE 2 will be as good as it looks. I guess we’ll have to wait until May 2, 2019, to find out.
Team Sonic Racing
We loved Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed and we’re kind of hopeful about Team Sonic Racing. Unlike Transformed, Team Sonic Racing will have a focus on co-operative gameplay and teams rather than individual players.
Team Sonic Racing launches on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.
Sony is already onto a winner in 2019 with their MediEvil remake and the first of our anticipated games which currently have no set release date.
Sir Daniel is expected to return in a complete remake of the original 1998 title. Details of the game are still under wraps, however, we did get a nice teaser trailer announcing the game earlier this year.
Originally labeled Project Session, Session is an upcoming skateboarding sim which is set to launch into Early Access and on Game Preview in 2019.
The game is set to take a lot of influence from Skate but with completely redesigned controls focusing on simulation rather than arcade. The game hit Kickstarter in 2017 reaching its funding way before the campaign closed.
The game also made an appearance at E3 2018 during Microsoft’s media briefing.
Skull & Bones
With Sea of Thieves disappointing players due to lack of content (something Rare has managed to change over the past 6 or so months), many looking to embark on their own pirate adventure are looking towards Ubisoft’s delayed Skull & Bones.
Skull & Bones is set to bring a more tactical gameplay experience than Sea of Thieves, with players being tasked with engaging in combat with other ships in order to score loot in order to unlock more ships, and much more.
We’re pretty excited for this as we’ll be able to join up to five other players each with their own ships, to rule the seas.
The Surge 2
The Surge was a damn good “hardcore action RPG” and Deck 13 did a pretty decent job of supporting the game post-release with plenty of content. With The Surge 2 however we’ve got a new world to explore, new body parts to rip off, and more impossibly difficult foes to defeat.
There’s plenty to look forward to in The Surge such as character creation, five additional player classes, and much more. Right now though it doesn’t have a solid release date.
DONTNOD Entertainment has partnered with Bandai Namco for their next narrative adventure which has players exploring the mind as investigative journalist Sam who returns to his hometown following the death of his friend.
While here he wakes in his motel to find his shirt covered in blood and throughout the game he’s trying to piece together what happened. Fortunately, Sam is able to escape into his Mind Palace and attempt to recreate scenarios and learn the truth behind what happened.
Oh, and he has to battle with his Double, a more sarcastic confident version of himself who may help or hinder the investigation.
Episode 1 of Twin Mirror is set to land in 2019.
Final Fantasy 7
Square Enix has been pretty quiet about their Final Fantasy 7 remaster so this one might be a bit of a shot in the dark. With
Either way, we’re slightly hopeful that we’ll be seeing Final Fantasy 7 this year, even if it’s just a gameplay reveal at E3 2019.
With most of these games set to launch in the first half of 2019, there’s likely much more in store for players over the next 12 months and we’re pretty damn excited.
Is there anything we’ve missed on the list? Why not let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments below!