Top Upcoming Narrative Video Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in June of 2019.

Video games can easily tap into all sorts of situations and emotions for players with the deep narrative storyline. As a result, some video games can be extremely difficult not to set the controller down for a break. We’re thrilled to see what new narrative journeys game developers are hoping to release into the masses within 2019.

In this list, we’re going to discuss some of the most promising narrative titles that are currently slated or suspected to launch in 2019. We’ll of course update this list frequently so make sure to check back for other future titles and descriptions.

Likewise, if you haven’t already, feel free to check out our picks for the best narrative video games of 2018.


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The Sinking City

  • Developer: Frogwares
  • Publisher: Bigben Interactive
  • Platforms: NS, PC, XBO, PS4
  • Release: June 27, 2019

The Sinking City is being developed by Frogwares as an action-adventure survival horror title. This game takes place in an open-world where players step into the role of Charles W. Reed, an investigator. After receiving a request from a man by the name of Johannes van der Berg to aid in the solution behind the nightmarish visions he’s been having, players venture off to an occult run town known as Oakmont. It’s only when he arrives that he learns that there is certainly more going on in this town than he thought leaving players to carefully maneuver the open-world and uncover the town’s secrets.


Final Fantasy 7 Remake

  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBA

Final Fantasy is a highly popular and beloved franchise with Final Fantasy VII being one of the most popular titles from the series. Since its initial release on the PlayStation, fans have been seeking a remake. Only now on the PlayStation 4 that we’re going to finally receive the Final Fantasy VII Remake which Square Enix promises to retell the original story.

With that said, there will be some slight changes to the game. For instance, the game will be tweaked to be an action RPG rather than the standard turn-based RPG we’ve played through from the original PlayStation. Likewise, the game will be released episodically instead of one full-length game when it launches.

One of the reasons Final Fantasy VII became such a big hit was due to the story. Thankfully, new players to veterans of the original release will be able to enjoy the narrative with a massive visual overhaul. For those unaware, gamers will follow Cloud Strife as he seeks to fight against the Shinra corporation who has been draining the planet’s resources.


The Last Of Us Part 2

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBA

The Last of Us released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and it was just a year later that developers Naughty Dog went back to release a remastered edition for the PlayStation 4. This first title of the series was an instant hit with developers winning countless awards. Overall, without spoiling the narrative, The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity has fallen to a fungus disease turning most humans into a zombie-like creature. Players take on the role of an older man named Joel who is tasked with risking his life to deliver a young girl named Ellie at a secret anti-government outpost.

This narrative journey easily left gamers gripping the controller seeking for more as you progressed across the country with heartfelt and tense moments. As a result of its popularity, it wasn’t much of a shock to hear Naughty Dog was looking to return with a sequel.

Very little information was revealed in regards to The Last of Us Part 2. We know that the world has progressed by five years since the first title ended and our protagonist duo seem to be featured within the sequel as well.


Life is Strange 2

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Life is Strange was a massive hit when Dontnod Entertainment launched the episodic journey starring Max and her best friend Chloe. Within the game, players took control of a Max in a deep narrative mystery surrounding her old hometown, but what may standout for gamers in this title was the fact that Max discovers the ability to rewind time thus altering choices and decisions.

While Life is Strange became a success, we’re interested in seeing just what the franchise turns into as developers confirmed that a new title will be releasing in the future. Very few details have been unveiled about the game, though we do know that the title will feature a new cast of characters along with a different location.

We’re unsure if that means Max and Chloe will no longer have any appearance in the sequel or if the game will include the same time rewinding powers. Hopefully, we get some new information regarding the video game at this year’s E3 event.


Anthem

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

BioWare is known for making some deep narrative video game RPGs. Coming off their latest franchise, Mass Effect, it seems that the developers are not quite done with the futuristic space adventure setting. Anthem is the next big release from the studio and from what we know so far, players will be exploring an alien world.

Most of the humanity within the world are forced to live in a well-protected area behind walls as players take the role of a freelancer, a member of an elite organization who must travel within specialized suits in order to explore the outside world.

We’re still waiting to learn more about the game, but BioWare has released a number of iconic titles in the past which featured a strong narrative. As a result, we’re pretty confident the story will be enthralling enough to keep players interested.


Cyberpunk 2077

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: TBA

Cyberpunk 2077 is one video game title that fans of CD Projekt have been waiting to hear more about since its initial announcement in 2012. This is an RPG that can be played in either a first-person or third-person mode. Set in 2077, the world has become drastically different, at least within the United States of America.

Civilians thrive if they are part of the elite social class structure where big corporations taking control of the nation. Now the lower class struggle to survive in the harsh environments that have become flooded with gangs leaving a barren shell of what used to be lovely cities.

Players take the role of an Edgerunner which are broken up into various classes as they explore and take on various quests. This is supposedly a video game set in a massive world as well, leaving plenty of areas to explore. Likewise, there also seems to be an emphasis on upgrades and augmentations.

CD Projekt became a household name for their epic adventures in The Witcher series and we’re hoping that their success bleeds over into the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 release.


In the valley of gods

  • Developer: Campo Santo
  • Publisher: Valve Corporation
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Campo Santo is a new video game development studio who only has one video game title within their library so far, however, that one title helped put this development studio on the map. You’ve likely either played or heard of their 2016 video game release, Firewatch, a game that followed a narrative journey of a forest fire lookout named Henry.

Throughout the journey, we learn more about Henry and his decision to take a rather lonesome job. Since its release, Campo Santo has been acquired by Valve Corporation though they will continue to work on their upcoming title, In The Valley of Gods.

This is another narrative journey with the setting taking place in 1920 Egypt. Players step into the shoes of Rashida, a former explorer and filmmaker that has been disgraced. Now, Rashida has one last chance to make a big discovery and fulfill her love of adventure, but she will have to seek help from Zora, a former partner she swore to never work with again.


The Elder Scrolls VI

  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: TBA

After years of dealing with releases of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda made the announcement at E3 2018 that the next iteration of the franchise is in development. The problem here is that we have practically no information at all about the game. Bethesda didn’t offer any details but instead stated that the next installment to The Elder Scrolls franchise will be a next-generation game and will release after their newest upcoming IP, Starfield. It’s likely that this game won’t release this year but crazier things have happened. Likewise, it’s highly unlikely the title will launch on current generation platforms, outside of PC, as Bethesda has spoken of both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI is a next-generation title.

Bethesda’s line of games normally has a decent narrative that expands across a large world and The Elder Scrolls franchise is no exception to that. We’ve seen a number of video game titles release with their own expansions and add-ons to help craft more of unique world for players to explore. With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being such an iconic title that will easily go down as a classic, we can’t wait to see what the development team brings out into the market next.


Twin Mirror

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Dontnod Entertainment has a new episodic adventure title for players to enjoy. The development studio may be best known for their Life is Strange series but the next episodic journey coming this year that’s not attached to the Life is Strange franchise is Twin Mirror. This is an upcoming psychological thriller which follows a protagonist named Sam who returns back to his old hometown to attend a funeral service of his best friend. Things take a turn for the worse when he awakens with no memories of the previous day while covered in blood.

One thing that Dontnod Entertainment takes care of when it comes to their video games is the narrative journey players will be embarking. Life is Strange was a critical hit and it sparked a huge following. Their follow-up title, Vampyr was also enjoyed from its narrative thanks to the various choices that came up in conversations along with the atmosphere. Both IPs have been considered for television series adaptations and as a result, a story-driven journey is something that we fully expect from their line of video games. Twin Mirror already has an enticing story from the little information we have received so far and knowing that Twin Mirror is another episodic game then it’s a safe bet that players will be left with cliffhanger endings.


Death Stranding

  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBA

Death Stranding is a big title, yet it’s the first to be released under a brand new development studio. You’re likely aware of the famed and beloved developer, Hideo Kojima, whose most notable work is the Metal Gear series. Hideo became a superstar with gamers all over the world as he worked under Konami, but that came to a halt in 2015 when it was announced that Konami and Kojima had officially split.

This resulted in the cancellation of another fan favorite series from Konami, Silent Hill, as Kojima was in the process of working on a brand new game for the franchise that had plenty of gamers interested. It wasn’t long before Kojima revealed that he had opened up his own development studio, Kojima Productions, where their first video game release would be Death Stranding.

Very few details have been released about the game with trailers and teasers being more cryptic as to what is going on within the narrative. However, Hideo Kojima seemed to enjoy making a deep narrative story for his video game titles in the past and we fully expect Death Stranding to receive the same treatment.


Jedi: Fallen Order

  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Respawn Entertainment, the development team who has brought out the Titanfall franchise, has been working on a secret Star Wars project. For quite some time now, we’ve known that the developers were working on a Star Wars related video game, but no details regarding the title were released. That all changed during EA’s E3 2018 press conference, where we got a few very small details regarding this upcoming title.

Within the game, players will be taking on the role of a padawan that managed to survive after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Set during the dark ages, players will attempt to survive in a world where the Jedi is outnumbered and quickly being hunted down. This is a single-player focused game with no multiplayer component. As a result, the narrative is the center focus. Unfortunately, as we mentioned this is a game title that Respawn Entertainment is fairly quiet about so we’re still waiting for more details to emerge about the game.


Gears of War 5

  • Developer: The Coalition
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: 2019

Gears of War has had an interesting narrative journey attached to the game but this fifth installment may change some things up. Players will be taking on the role of a woman named Kait Diaz who has been dealing with visions.

Instead of moving on with The Coalition Army, Kait is determined to find out what the visions mean in what could be a journey that will reveal the truth behind the Locust origins. While gameplay will still be action heavy, the narrative has already peaked our interest.


Judge Eyes

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Sega has been teasing a new IP for a while now stating that the developers who were behind the popular Yakuza series have been working on a brand new IP. This project has apparently been in the works for over three years but we’re only just now getting a look at the game. Gamers can expect Judge Eyes to release next year.

There are still plenty of details that Sega is holding away from the public at the moment but during a PlayStation Lineup Tour event, Sega unveiled Judge Eyes. The game follows a lawyer who is seeking out clues in order to get at the bottom of a crime. Being that this is the development team who was also responsible for bringing out the Yakuza series, you can expect a similar combat system.

Being that this game is developed under the creators of the Yakuza series, we expect an in-depth narrative journey. Their Yakuza series alone had a story and characters that spanned across several video game titles and this game is all about solving a crime. We’re also likely going to see plenty of extra tools that our protagonist has in his arsenal to uncover even more details for your narrative journey.


Twin Mirror

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Dontnod Entertainment has a new episodic adventure title for players to enjoy. The development studio may be best known for their Life is Strange series but the next episodic journey coming this year that’s not attached to the Life is Strange franchise is Twin Mirror. This is an upcoming psychological thriller which follows a protagonist named Sam who returns back to his old hometown to attend a funeral service of his best friend. Things take a turn for the worse when he awakens with no memories of the previous day while covered in blood.

One thing that Dontnod Entertainment takes care of when it comes to their video games is the narrative journey players will be embarking. Life is Strange was a critical hit and it sparked a huge following. Their follow-up title, Vampyr was also enjoyed from its narrative thanks to the various choices that came up in conversations along with the atmosphere. Both IPs have been considered for television series adaptations and as a result, a story-driven journey is something that we fully expect from their line of video games. Twin Mirror already has an enticing story from the little information we have received so far and knowing that the game is another episodic journey then it’s a safe bet that players will be left with cliffhanger endings.


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