The year of 2018 came and went and with it came a flurry of top-notch, quality gaming experiences. Everything from classic remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Spyro the Dragon to awe-inspiring experiences such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War, even quality indie hits including Dead Cells and Celeste — 2018 had something for everyone.
The bad news is that the stellar year of 2018 is coming to a close. The good news? The highly anticipated releases don’t seem to be halting anytime soon, as the upcoming year of 2019 looks to continue the trend of cramming way too many quality games into the faces of enthusiastic gamers from every direction.
With exciting exclusives on all three major consoles — the PS4, Xbox One and Switch — incoming next year, as well as quite a few third party launches, it’s almost impossible for anyone to miss out on some of the most anticipated releases 2019 has in store.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Starting off the year with a classic horror title, the Resident Evil 2 Remake is rebuilt from the ground up for an entirely new experience. Dive into the shoes of Leon and Claire once more in an iconic adventure to fight their way out of the deadly, zombie-infested Raccoon City.
Resident Evil 2 is set to release on January 25, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Kingdom Hearts 3
The epic Disney/Square Enix collaborative RPG continues with the long (and I mean long) awaited third installment in the Kingdom Hearts series. Kingdom Hearts 3 rides out the journey of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to conquer the darkness once and for all in a star-studded adventure across the wild and wonderful world of Disney.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on January 25, 2019 for the PS4 and Xbox One.
From the creators of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series comes their next journey into new property territory with their online futuristic shooter, Anthem. Suit up into a Javelin and discover the buried dangers that lurk outside of the secure walls of Fort Tarsis with up to three other squad members to join in on the action.
Anthem is set to release on February 22, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
What seems like an eternity, Crackdown 3 has been in a lifelong development cycle since its announcement way back in 2014. However, with recent enticing gameplay trailers and a slotted release date for next year, it looks like we’ll finally be able to destroy to our hearts content in the upcoming Microsoft exclusive title.
Crackdown 3 is set to release on February 15, 2019 for the Xbox One and PC.
The grim first-person shooter series of Metro paints an apocalyptic picture unlike any other in the gaming universe. Metro Exodus continues the journey after 2013’s Metro Last Light, and looks to deliver the most riveting survival experience in the series yet.
Metro Exodus is set to release on February 15, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Devil May Cry 5
Dante and Nero return in the acclaimed Devil May Cry series. The demon slaying action is back in the all-too stylish upcoming release featuring Nero’s brand-new weapon, the Devil Breaker. A new modern edge has been added to the DMC experience, one that looks to blend perfectly with how Devil May Cry games are supposed to play.
Devil May Cry 5 is set to release on March 8, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Dead or Alive 6
One of the hottest fighting games to hit 2019 is the sixth main installment of the typically provocative fighting series. Now, scaling back on the sexual nature of the game, Dead or Alive 6 looks to capitalize on the modern hardware and present fluid gameplay like the series has never experienced before. Strap in for new ground-breaking mechanics, as well as the series’ debut in character customization options in the upcoming sweat-inducing fighter.
Dead or Alive 6 is set to release on February 15, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The Division 2
The follow-up to 2016’s Tom Clancy’s The Division, the upcoming sequel moves players form the once bustling streets of Manhattan to the devastated capital of Washington D.C. The developers behind the post-pandemic shooter, Massive Entertainment, looks to expand on everything they’ve been able to accomplish with the routine updates from their original release.
The Division 2 is set to release on March 15, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
With Dark Souls and Bloodborne From Software has laid new tracks for the grim action-adventure genre. Merely punishing players with blood-thirsty beasts wasn’t enough as Sekiro looks to add new twists to the overall experience. Plan your deaths accordingly and utilize the swiftness of the new grapple hook for an experience in what seems to continue to branch further and further away from the Souls model with every new detail revealed.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set to release on March 22, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm Studios is at it again with their latest release in the brutal fighting franchise, Mortal Kombat 11. Recently unveiled at The Game Awards, Mortal Kombat 11 will feature tons of character variations and plenty of blood and gore for any fan of the series.
Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 23, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
The zombie trend isn’t dead quite yet as Sony Bend takes the reigns with their upcoming survival adventure title, Days Gone. Step into the boots of post-apocalyptic survivor, Deacon St. John, rip the throttle back on your chopper and smash through hordes of freakers in the highly anticipated PS4 exclusive title.
Days Gone is set to release on April 26, 2019 for the PS4.
Catching most of the gaming community off guard, the surprise announcement (well, sort of a surprise…thanks Wal Mart!) of id Software and Avalanche Studio’s collaborative first-person shooter sequel, Rage 2, looks to take the post-apocalyptic mayhem to an entirely new level. With a sprawling open world filled with surprisingly beautiful biomes, blood-thirsty enemies and devastating weapons, Rage 2 looks like a front runner for best FPS title of 2019.
Rage 2 is set to release on May 14, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Among the many Nintendo franchise yet to be released on the Switch console, Fire Emblem sits patiently near the top of the list. While we’ve been graced with the Dynasty Warriors cross-over title, Fire Emblem Warriors, in the console launch year, fans are still awaiting a core Fire Emblem experience on their hybrid hardware. Three Houses looks to give players the traditional turn-based gameplay set in a massive open world.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is set to release sometime in the Spring of 2019.
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled
The cart racing marsupial is back and is tickling our nostalgia with the upcoming remake of the original PlayStation’s Crash Team Racing. Mario Kart’s only real contender in the carting kingdom, Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled revitalizes the classic arcade racer in a game rebuilt from the ground up by developers Beenox.
Crash Team Racing nitro Fueled is set to release on June 21, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
From the creators of the Yakuza series comes an all-new action game set within that very same universe. Judgement (formerly known as Project Judge) takes the swift combat from the exciting Yakuza games and adds in keen detective work for an even deeper adventure through the crime rings of Japan.
Judgement is set to release in the west sometime in the summer of 2019 for the PS4.
While the Pokemon: Let’s Go series is an exciting stand-in for the core RPG fans of the series, much of the fan base is awaiting the true Pokemon RPG experience set to release sometime in 2019. Bringing the next generation of Pokemon games to a home console for the first time in the series (well, other than the recent Let’s Go releases), Switch owners everywhere are eagerly awaiting this upcoming system seller.
There’s no official release date set for the next Pokemon RPG, but it has been confirmed by the Pokemon Company we’ll see it released in 2019.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Sequel to the beloved platformer from 2015, Ori and the Blind Forest, the beautifully crafted Ori and the Will of the Wisps is high among many Xbox One owners ‘must-have’ list. Take control of Ori once more and discover the secrets buried deep in a land full of mystery and unforeseen truths about our spirit’s curious fate.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is set to release sometime in 2019 for the Xbox One and PC with no official release date yet announced.
One of Microsoft’s largest franchises, Gears of War returns in the upcoming sequel, Gears 5. Players will pick up where Gears of War 4 left off and assume control Gears 4 side character, Kait Diaz. Many familiar faces will make a return in what looks like one of the most riveting releases in the series to date.
Gears 5 is set to release in 2019 on the Xbox One and PC, but no official date has been confirmed yet.
Return to Gallowmere as another PlayStation classic finds itself with a brand new make over. MediEvil has players taking on the role of resurrected, ill-fated solider, Sir Daniel Fortesque, as he fights to put a stop to the evil Zarok’s undead army. Filled with quirky characters, overflowing with dark and charming levels, and tons of deadly weapons, the MediEvil Remake is a classic adventure game brought to the modern era.
MediEvil Remake is set to release sometime in 2019 for the PS4 with no official date yet announced.
The Outer Worlds
RPG legends, Obsidian Entertainment, look to enter the ring once more with a brand new IP, The Outer Worlds which seems to combine some of their best traits throughout their current library of releases. This FPS-action RPG will span across different worlds throughout the galaxy allowing players to travel to a multitude of planets and areas.
The Outer Worlds is set to release at some point in 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
There’s plenty missing form this list of 20 stellar games we can expect to see in the coming new year. While big hitters like PS4’s Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Dreams and The Last of Us Part II, Microsoft’s Halo Infinite, CD Projekt Red’s ambitious RPG Cyberpunk 2077, or Nintendo’s Metroid Prime 4 all could be apart of the 2019 line up, there’s still no real confirmation we’ll be seeing these titles within the next twelve months.
However, don’t fret as there’s also still plenty of other fantastic looking titles that didn’t quite make the list, but nonetheless should be marked on your calendar. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown looks to tear through the skies, Code Vein could tackle the ‘Souls’ genre in new and exciting ways, and the Shonen Jump fighter Jump Force looks like it’ll be packing quite the punch.
The year 2018 picked up right where 2017 left off, and the trend seems to continue with the upcoming packed year of 2019. Sooner or later these mouth-watering releases will come to a halt, right? My backlog can’t take much more.