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.