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The 32 Most Anticipated Games From 2019

Given the nature of the gaming industry today, it is too early to read trends in this list much. Many games that we will see in 2019 have yet to be announced, or do not have a fixed release date. Yet it is encouraging to see a change in this list that includes franchisees, role-playing games, adventures and a few oddities.

It is worth noting that this list does not include certain games with big names that may be released in 2019 but have not yet been confirmed. These include The Last of Us part 2, Metroid Prime 4, Halo Infinite, Beyond Good and Evil 2, a new Pokémon and a large number of franchise options, including Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age games. We have also skipped annual sports franchises and remakes of old games, as well as games that are currently commercially available and playable in early access. We may also have missed some diamonds. If so, do not hesitate to send us in the comments section.

1.AGE OF WONDERS: PLANETFALL
Triumph Studios’ strategy series has been limited to standard fantasy lessons from goblins, wizards and knights. This time, Age of Wonders is science fiction with an Alfa Centauri-like story by Sid Meier about planetary colonization with mechanized weapons, aliens and genetic engineering. Planetfall is a turn-based hexagonal fighting game, in which factions develop technologies, build armies and push their limits.

2.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.

3.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.

4.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.

5.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.

6.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.

7.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.

8.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.

9.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.

10.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.

11.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.

12.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.

13.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.

14.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.

15.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.

16.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.

17.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.

18.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.

19.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.

20.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.

21.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.

22.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.

23.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.

24.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.

25.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.

26.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.

27.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.

28.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.

29.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.

30.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.

31.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.

32.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.

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