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The 50 most anticipated games of 2019

Games to watch in 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC

Here comes 2019, and already the roster shows more than enough games coming out to keep us busy. From rollicking combat games to quieter indie explorations of the soul, here are 50 games (listed alphabetically) that we’re excited to see, coming in the year ahead.

Given the nature of the game industry these days, it’s too early to read much in the way of trends from this list. Many games that we’ll see in 2019 have yet to be announced, or do not have a firm release date. Even so, it’s encouraging to see a measure of variety in this list, which encompasses franchise shooters, roleplaying games, adventures and a few oddities.

It’s worth mentioning that this list does not include certain big name games that might well come out in 2019, but have not been confirmed yet. Those include The Last of Us Part 2, Metroid Prime 4, Halo Infinite, Beyond Good and Evil 2, a new Pokémon and any number of big franchise possibilities, including Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age games. We’ve also skipped annual sports franchises and remakes of old games, as well as games that are currently commercially available and playable in early access.

It’s also possible that we’ve missed some diamonds. If so, please feel free to steer us right in the comments section.


<span data-author="611009">Age of Wonders: Planetfall </span> Triumph Studios / Paradox

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Windows PC — 2019

Triumph Studios’ strategy series has previously restricted itself to standard fantasy lore of goblins, wizards and knights. This time, Age of Wonders is going science-fiction with a Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri-like tale of planetary colonization involving mechanized weaponry, aliens and genetic engineering. Planetfall is a turn-based hexagonal combat game, in which factions develop technologies, construct armies and expand their borders.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Panache / Private Division

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

First announced back in 2015, Ancestors is a third-person, action-adventure survival game, produced by Patrice Désilets’ studio, Panache Digital Games. Désilets is best known as the creator of the Assassin’s Creed series. This new game is set in the early years of humankind’s evolution. Set in a lush, beautiful Africa, it’s the story of colonies of apes and proto-humans at different points in our evolutionary journey, interacting with their environment, including now-extinct beasts of yore.

Animal Crossing Nintendo

Animal Crossing

Nintendo Switch — 2019

It’s been five years since the U.S. release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS, so it’s high time for a return to Nintendo’s much-loved village-life series. This new game was announced during a Nintendo Direct in September, in which storekeeper Tom Nook told us to make ready for another bout of farming, fishing, finding, home decorating and generally being nice to the neighbors.

Anthem - four players fighting a giant arachnoid boss BioWare/Electronic Arts

Anthem

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Feb. 22

BioWare’s Destiny-like multiplayer sci-fi action game has an epic feel, with a focus on characters and dialog, as well as online shooting. Four classes of human-controlled mechs, called Javelins, roam an open world, completing story missions and engaging in public events, in which online players work together to complete an objective. Published by Electronic Arts, Anthem will be one of the year’s most lavishly produced releases.

Ape-Out Gabe Cuzzillo/Devolver

Ape-Out

Nintendo Switch and Windows PC — Feb. 7

Ape-Out is an attractively humorous escape game with a distinctively brash art style. It merges with an inventive score to create a mad world of stylized blood and gore. It’s a top-down combat game in which a gorilla thumps and sneaks its way through enemy-infested mazes. Ape-Out, published by Devolver, looks like a hyper-violent, neatly-paced action game with lots of grim humor.

Atomic Heart - A creepy clown-like robot dangles from wires. Mundfish

Atomic Heart

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

Back in May, Moscow-based Mundfish released one of the best trailers of the past year, for its first-person shooter-brawler Atomic Heart. Based in a Soviet-era installation, it’s a creepy combat game, packed with Fallout-esque monstrosities and a distinctive visual wit.

Babylon’s Fall - four characters in front of a giant tower PlatinumGames/Square Enix

Babylon’s Fall

PlayStation 4 and Windows PC — 2019

Announced at E3 earlier this year, Babylon’s Fall is the next project from Japanese studio PlatinumGames, the company best known for the action-intense Bayonetta series, and Nier Automata. The trailer shows an ominous future timeline of mightily powerful forces clashing in a fight for civilization. There’ll be a lot of magical weapons-wielding for slickly intense slashing and dodging.

Experiment 101/THQ Nordic

BioMutant

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

We got our hands on this game at PAX West, and came away impressed with its martial-arts combat. It’s being developed by Experiment 101, founded by Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for his work on the Just Cause series. BioMutant is an open-world action-RPG featuring mutant forest creatures which can be altered and enhanced.

Bloodstained battle ArtPlay/505 Games

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

This Kickstarter-funded project from former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi is pitched as a spiritual successor to that notable series. Originally set for release in 2017, it’s a side-scrolling action game that makes heavy use of gothic horror imagery. It’s being published by 505 Games.

Code Vein monsters Bandai Namco

Code Vein

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

Code Vein is an anime-style action roleplaying game from Hiroshi Yoshimura, the director of many of the God Eater games. The vampire-themed combat adventure has drawn comparisons with the Dark Souls series, which publisher Bandai Namco handles outside Japan. Code Vein focuses on exploration in dank locations, one-on-one combat and difficult bosses.

Conan Unconquered Petroglyph / Funcom

Conan Unconquered

Windows PC — mid-2019

Real-time strategy gets the Conan treatment in this production from Petroglyph Games, which is also working on a 4K remaster of early Command & Conquer games. The team includes C&C veterans from Westwood Studios. A trailer released a few weeks ago shows Conan defending a castle under attack from hordes, including giant spiders. But Conan calls upon a massive warrior god to come to his aid. Petroglyph tells us to expect a fast-paced game.

Control Remedy / 505 Games

Control

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

Remedy Entertainment, best known for Alan Wake and Quantum Break, is back with another high-tech, supernatural third-person action adventure. Control was shown in a trailer at Sony’s 2018 E3 press conference, in which a young woman, armed with a futuristic gun, explores a shape-shifting world. She is also armed with telekinetic abilities.

Crackdown 3 - dashing Sumo Digital/Microsoft Studios

Crackdown 3

Windows PC and Xbox One — Feb. 15

Originally scheduled for release in 2016, this oft-delayed open-world game is finally confirmed for February, five years after it was first mooted. Crackdown 3 is all about mayhem and destruction in city environments, most especially in multiplayer environments where destruction is more free-flowing than in the campaign. The development story is its own tale of mayhem, with various comings and goings. But, the good news is that it’s cross-playable on both Windows PC and Xbox One.

Days Gone - Deacon creeps past motorcycle with drawn pistol Sony Bend/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Days Gone

PlayStation 4 — Apr. 26

Sony Bend’s zombie-apocalypse adventure is set in the Pacific Northwest, where a motorcyclist bounty hunter uses stealth, guile, traps and brute force to lure large numbers of the undead into choke points. In Day’s Gone, the zombies are individually stupid, but they work together to challenge the player. They also come in various models, demanding shifting strategies to defeat them.

Devil May Cry 5 Capcom

Devil May Cry 5

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Mar. 8

Capcom’s outlandish and uninhibited combat series is back, with Dante and Nero (as well as a new character called V) taking on gruesome enemies. Weapons include giant swords, powerful firearms, and just about anything else the fighters can get their hands on, including motorbike-chainsaws. Special moves and transformations are also available.

The Division 2 Massive Entertainment / Ubisoft

The Division 2

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Mar. 15

The Division 2 takes us from the wintry New York environs of the original game, to sweltering Washington, D.C, seven months later. It’s set in a post-terror attack America, ruled by a dictator and riven by civil war (but don’t call it political). It’s a third-person online combat open world, in which players can go it alone, or work together to defeat enemies. Post-launch downloadable missions will be released for free, featuring eight-player raids.

id Software/Bethesda Softworks

Doom Eternal

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

Bethesda and id Software’s sequel to the well-received 2016 shooter franchise reboot is aiming for even more speed and combat fluidity. Weapons shown so far include a shotgun attached to a tether, with extra “glory kills” added to take on a greater variety of demons. But the real innovations are likely to be online, where players can take on the role of monsters, and go after Doom Slayers, individually or in teams, in Doom Eternal’s campaign.

Dreams Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Dreams

PlayStation 4 — 2019

LittleBigPlanet series creator Media Molecule’s ambitious project is another level-building game tool with built-in puzzles, but on a whole new scale. Featuring an imp who can manipulate the world, Dreams offers players a vast suite of level-creation tools in three-dimensions. The game’s campaign is entirely built with the same tools that will be available to players, who can make their own game worlds.

Far Cry New Dawn Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft

Far Cry New Dawn

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Feb. 15

Ubisoft’s follow up to Far Cry 5 takes place 17 years later, in a post-nuclear war American heartland. A trailer released in December takes the point of view of a young woman celebrating the “new world,” which includes utopian encampments populated by gently mutated deer and hippies. But there’s a Mad Maxish element in town, complete with roaring vehicles and weapons. First-person exploration, adventuring and combat ensues.

Fire Emblem Three Houses Nintendo

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo Switch — spring, 2019

Tactical role-playing series Fire Emblem’s Nintendo Switch debut retains its grid-based origins, but features 3D battle arenas and larger forces than in previous games. Outside combat, the story game world opens up into a fully rendered environment, rather than just a series of cut-scenes. This is the first Fire Emblem full console release since Radiant Dawn on Wii, back in 2007.

Gears 5 The Coalition/Microsoft

Gears 5

Xbox One and Windows PC — 2019

The second Gears of War game from The Coalition places Kait Diaz as lead, as she seeks the truth about the Locust invaders. Prior heroes Marcus Fenix and HD join her as aids, with their own secret missions. Judging from Microsoft’s 2018 E3 reveal, the third-person shooter will offer a wide variety of locations and vehicles, as it moves from the series’ cover-shooter origins toward a fuller action-adventure model.

<span data-author="611009">In the Valley of Gods </span> Campo Santo

In the Valley of Gods

Linux, Mac and Windows PC — 2019

Set in Egypt in the 1920s, players take on the role of explorer and filmmaker Zora and her partner as they investigate ancient tombs, while making a film. A trailer reveal in 2017 showed a crisply beautiful setting, as might be expected from developer Campo Santo, best known for the superb narrative adventure Firewatch. Although only confirmed for PC, the developers say console versions are likely.

Typhoon Studios/505 Games

Journey to the Savage Planet

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

Journey to the Savage Planet got a cinematic-only trailer in December that showcased a whimsical, comedic tone. It’s a first-person game, in which the the player explores a colorful alien planet. Developer Typhoon Studios is headed up by Alex Hutchinson, previously creative director for Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3.

Jump Force Spike Chunsoft / Bandai Namco

Jump Force

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — Feb. 15

Bandai Namco’s 3-on-3 tag team fighting game features popular Shonen Jump series characters, like Monkey D. Luffy of One Piece, Goku from Dragon Ball and Naruto. Players can also create custom characters, including mash-ups that mix and match powers and abilities from a variety of Shonen Jump manga.

Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts 3

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — Jan. 29

Kingdom Hearts 3 has been a long time coming but now it’s finally here. Disney and Square Enix’s colorful adventure is a combative roleplaying game, but the real magic is in its galaxy of animated stars, including appearances from Toy Story, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Winnie the Pooh and Tangled, plus (of course) Donald Duck and Goofy. The game stars series protagonist Sora as he crosses worlds to discover the seven sources of light.

Left Alive Square Enix

Left Alive

PlayStation 4 and Windows PC — Mar. 5

Square Enix’s action shooter is spin-off from the tactical Front Mission franchise. It’s being developed by veteran mech specialists including Toshifumi Nabeshima, director of FromSoftware’s Chromehounds and the Armored Core series; Yoji Shinkawa, the character designer of the Metal Gear series; and Takayuki Yanase, the mech designer who’s contributed to Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Team Ninja / Nintendo

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Nintendo Switch — 2019

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a combat game developed by Team Ninja, best known for the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series. It will feature of deep cast of Marvel characters including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men, as well as multiple supervillains.

An Atlas sits at rest inside a Leopard-class DropShip. Piranha Games

Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries

Windows PC — Sept. 10

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will be the first MechWarrior game with a single-player campaign since 2002’s MechWarrior 4: Vengeance. It’s being developed by Piranha Games, best known for MechWarrior Online. Players take control of giant mechs in first-person shooting matches, with four-player co-op supported. Destructible environments add to the mayhem.

A first-person view in Metro Exodus 4A Games/Deep Silver

Metro Exodus

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Feb. 15

The conclusion to Ukrainian developer 4A Games’ series of subterranean first-person shooters takes us back to post-apocalyptic Moscow. This third game has loosened up the linearity of its predecessors, with more open areas in which to survive mutant attacks. Metro Exodus is shaping up to be one of the year’s most visually arresting games.

Scorpion throws his spear in a fiery screenshot from Mortal Kombat 11. NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mortal Kombat 11

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Apr. 23

When Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon revealed the first trailer for his new fighting game late in 2018, he demonstrated a gory battle between franchise favorites Raiden and Scorpion. Boon promised more information early in the new year, including details on “custom character variations” which sounds a lot like developer NetherRealm’s previously released Injustice 2, which featured a strong emphasis on character customization.

Ori and the Will ‘o the Wisps Moon Studios/Microsoft

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

The sequel to 2015’s much-loved Ori and the Blind Forest is another magical, challenging platform-combat puzzle game from Austrian developer Moon Studios. Starring a white spirit creature, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was first announced in 2017. It was subsequently burnished with a 2018 E3 trailer, showing gameplay footage set in pretty forests, caves and a variety of creatures, including a giant arachnid pal and a scary wolf.

The Outer Worlds - a mech Obsidian Entertainment/Private Division

The Outer Worlds

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

The Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG set in space. It’s from Obsidian Entertainment, the development team behind Fallout: New Vegas and the Pillars of Eternity series of role-playing games. Based on a recent trailer, it looks to be set on a world inspired by classic pulp science fiction and more modern, dystopian genres. Gameplay shows players exploring an alien planet and fighting native wildlife and human adversaries.

The Pathless Giant Squid

The Pathless

PlayStation 4 — 2019

The Pathless is in development by Giant Squid Studios, best known for developing 2016’s lovely underwater exploration adventure Abzu. An early trailer shows similarly distinctive art style, directed by Matt Nava, who was art director on Journey. The trailer showed a bow-wielding hunter traveling across a fantasy landscape, interacting with magical creatures.

PlanetSide Arena Daybreak

PlanetSide Arena

Windows PC — Jan. 29

The next PlanetSide game is a science-fiction online arena shooter, with heavy battle royale influences. Big battles have always been developer Daybreak’s speciality, so it’s no surprise to find a 250-on-250 team deathmatch on PlanetSide Arena’s menu, called Massive Clash, along with single-player and teams-of-three battle royale. Three classes will be available — Assault, Medic, and Engineer — each with their own upgradeable perks.

psychonauts 2 raz Double Fine Productions

Psychonauts 2

Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

First announced in December 2015, Double Fine and Starbreeze’s crowdfunded 3D platform game stars Raz, a psychic spy who leaps his way through a series of colorful, innovative levels. Raz makes use of various powers including telekinesis and levitation in a world heaving with jokes, irony and Tim Burtonesque characters.

Rage 2 - Cyber Crusher Avalanche Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Rage 2

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — May 14

First-person shooter Rage 2 is a celebration of over-the-top violence and tongue-in-cheek humor, hallmarks of developer Avalanche Studios. Players take on the role of a Mad Max-style ranger who fights a variety of mutants and lowlifes in a post-asteroid impact world. Various guns and weapons are available, but the most significant is a boomerang, known as the Wingstick.

Resident Evil 2 (2019) Capcom

Resident Evil 2

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Jan. 25

We don’t usually include remakes and re-releases in these preview lists, but horror smash Resident Evil 2 is getting such a massive overhaul, it’s impossible to set the game aside. Unlike the fixed-camera PlayStation original, the remake of Resident Evil 2 will feature an over-the-shoulder third-person camera perspective as well as added gameplay, such as fortification building. But unlike later Resident Evil games, it will keep to the original’s emphasis on survival, rather than gunplay.

One of the beautiful landscapes of Sable. Shedworks/Raw Fury

Sable

Windows PC with console versions likely — 2019

Ambient indie adventure Sable has the look of a gorgeous graphic novel, with sharp outlines and a tight color palette. Players take on the role of a young wanderer on a coming of age journey in a strange, open-world planet. Music for the Shedworks-developed game is by Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast.

Simogo Games

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Nintendo Switch — 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a musical game that thrusts players into a cel-shaded world of purples and blues, motorcycles and dance. It’s a curiously liberated creation from Swedish developer Simogo, which has previously focused on a series of fantastic mobile games such as Year Walk, Device 6 and The Sailor’s Dream. This is the tiny company’s first console outing.

Sea of Solitude building waterway Jo-Mei Games/Electronic Arts

Sea of Solitude

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. — 2019

Jo-Mei’s Sea of Solitude is a pick-up for Electronic Arts’ indie publishing program EA Originals, which has given us gems like A Way Out, Fe and Unravel. It’s a third-person exploration-platform-puzzle adventure. The story follows a the redemption of young woman called Kay who suffers from loneliness, and so becomes a monster.

The hero of Sekiro prepares to stab an enemy. From Software/Activision

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — Mar. 22

Any new franchise coming out of FromSoftware is bound to cause a stir. After all, this is the company that gave us the Souls games and Bloodborne. But Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an opportunity for the company to try a new creative direction, with a game that’s more about free-flowing fighting and a limited set of weapons. Set in medieval Japan, it has an Assassin’s Creed vibe with an emphasis on stealth as well as aerial combat, aided by a grappling hook.

Shenmue 3 Ys Net / Deep Silver

Shenmue 3

PlayStation 4 and Windows PC — Aug. 27

This tale of a teen martial artist’s search for his missing father is set in 1980s Japan. The most-funded Kickstarter video game project of all time ($6.3 million), it comes 18 years after the last Shenmue game came out on Dreamcast and Xbox. At its core, it’s a fighting game, with narrative-led interactive events and a big story. Expectations are high for this oft-delayed game from Yu Suzuki, the one-time creative engine at Sega.

Skull &amp; Bones - moon in the sky above the hideout Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft

Skull & Bones

PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

If you enjoyed Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s seaborne combat, you know roughy what to expect from naval fighter Skull & Bones. But this pirate game goes a lot farther than Black Flag, offering a robust multiplayer component as well as a single-player campaign. Players can enter “Hunting Grounds” for cannon action including co-op missions and PvP, including 5-versus-5 battles.

Spelunky 2 Mossmouth

Spelunky 2

PlayStation 4 and Windows PC — 2019

Ana Spelunky is the daughter of the original procedural permadeath platformer’s hero, and the star of this highly anticipated sequel. Her task in Mossmouth’s Spelunky 2 will be to journey through randomly generated tombs, caves, planets in search of treasure, and in trepidation of many, many traps. The original Spelunky, released in 2012, is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and fun platformers ever made.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Likely PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — late 2019

Respawn is best known for the tightly designed Titanfall shooters. The Electronic Arts-owned studio is also working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It will focus on events that take place just after the third episode in the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith, when the Jedi are being hunted. Apart from the basic announcement — and a claim that its coming out in late 2019 — almost nothing is known about this game.

goose on picnic blanket from untitled goose game. House House

Untitled Goose Game

Mac, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC — Early 2019

You are a mischievous goose on the loose in your village, and bent on mayhem. That’s the basic premise of Untitled Goose Game, a comedic, cartoon game of stealth, honking and running away. Previews suggest charming Chaplinesque capers as the goose enrages mild-mannered humans. It’s being developed by Australian outfit House House, which previously made bizarre sausage-people sports game Push Me, Pull You.

Vane Friend and Foe

Vane

PlayStation 4 — Jan. 15

Set in a pretty desert landscape of muted colors, Vane is an Ico-like exploration story of a boy in a stark world, uncovering mysterious secrets. The main character can transform into a bird, as he travels through ruins and caves with magical morphing properties.

Void Bastards Blue Manchu / Humble Bundle

Void Bastards

Windows PC and Xbox One — 2019

Cel-shaded strategy shooter Void Bastards is all about boarding and raiding space ships. In this cheeky comic-book caper, players choose from a variety of outlandish characters, who may or may not be appropriate for the job in hand. Crew members are assigned tasks for these heists, which have a habit of going sideways. It’s being made by developer Blue Manchu, headed up by Jonathan Chey, co-founder of Irrational Games.

Wolfenstein Youngblood MachineGames/Bethesda

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One — 2019

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person shooter co-op game set in the 1980s and starring franchise star B.J. Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, as they seek to free their father from Nazis. First introduced during Bethesda’s E3 2018 showcase, it follows on from the well-received shooter Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, which came out in 2017.

Nintendo

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Nintendo Switch spring 2019

Cute and colorful platform adventure Yoshi’s Crafted World stars Nintendo’s dino-hero along with a pal. Its main innovation is an ability to switch the world in its opposite direction, allowing players to get behind the facades they pass, and to move in the relatively unfamiliar right-to-left direction. Other than that, you can expect standard Yoshi activities like tongue sticking, object eating and egg throwing.


That’s it for now. As stated before, if there are games you’re looking forward to in 2019, please add a comment. We’ll be covering these games as they arrive in the year ahead, as well as those yet to be announced. You can follow Polygon on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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