Top Upcoming Action-Adventure Video Games Of 2019

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Note: This article was updated in June of 2019.

2019 looks like a promising year for a variety of different video game genres. If you enjoy action-adventure video games then keep this list bookmarked. We’ve included the best video game titles that are slated to release within 2019. However, as time goes on, we expect even more fantastic video games to be announced for the genre. As such, we’ll keep this listed updated with new information and brand new video game title announcements.

Likewise, take a look at our picks for the top action-adventure video game titles of 2018.

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The Cycle

  • Developer: Yager Development
  • Publisher: Yager Development
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

The Cycle is set in the future where the galaxy is owned by various factions but it’s a cutthroat business as each wish to expand. In order to expand, they’ll need someone to do all the dirty work and that’s where you come in. Players are contractors who are sent out into distant worlds to gather resources and hunt wildlife but there’s a growing number of other contractors who are after goods as well so you’ll either have to work together or carefully take out the competition. While the goal is to gather up as many resources as you can find there is a time limit attached. Players will be forced into getting off the planet before being trapped for good and that itself can be a difficult task.

The Sinking City

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

The Sinking City is a game that was originally meant to be Call of Cthulhu until developers, Frogwares, decided to make their own creation. Now this heavily inspired H.P. Lovecraft title is something that has plenty of gamers eyes focused on for a release in June of this year. Players will follow a private investigator by the name of Charles W. Reed who is in New England seeking answers to why the city has been suffering from massive floods. From the look of the teaser trailer, there is clearly something supernatural affecting the area and a dark mystery that will need to be unveiled.

This is not only a horror-themed title but you will have a world filled to explore. There are even some game mechanics that will change as you progress along with various actions you perform in any given scenario. Developers are not sharing too much information in regards to the narrative or what all gamers can expect with the in-game mechanics but so far this is one title that may be a day one purchase on our end.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: July 19, 2019

A new entry to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series will release later this year. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order brings out a brand new story with heroes teaming up to defeat Thanos and The Black Order across the universe. Just like the past installments, this will be an action RPG style video game with a variety of characters with unique abilities to take control as. Unfortunately, unlike the past two installments which have released on current generation platforms at the time, this third installment will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

  • Developer: MachineGames, Arkane Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: July 26, 2019

The Wolfenstein franchise has been around for years but it was more recently rebooted with two main installments currently available on the latest generation platforms. However, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a spin-off title that takes place during the 1980s. Following the events in which the Nazi regime has won the Second World War, players step into the role of B.J. Blazkowicz’s twin daughters who begin their venture into Paris in search for their missing father. Along the way, players will be hunting down Nazis and freeing the French Resistance in order to take out the occupation settled on their land.

MediEvil Remake

  • Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2019

MediEvil is a classic PlayStation title that was released all the way back in 1998. It’s an action-adventure title that followed an ancient battle between an evil sorcerer and a kingdom. Using his magic abilities, the evil sorcerer was able to craft an undead army to his aid though early into the story our protagonist who attempted to stop the sorcerer was slain down by an arrow. Years later the evil sorcerer once again reclaimed an army of the dead where players are resurrected once again and must attempt to stop the sorcerer again.

Sony revealed that MediEvil was receiving a remake in 2017. Unfortunately, news has been pretty scarce in regards to what all we can expect from the title, though it’s still slated to launch at some point this year exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Streets of Rage 4

  • Developer: Lizardcube
  • Publisher: DotEmu
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: 2019

This may date a few people here but Streets of Rage was a fantastic franchise by Sega. Known now as a classic beat ‘em up title there is no doubt that there were plenty of gamers hoping for a fourth installment, but after the third main entry released in 1994, we’ve been in limbo as to if this series would ever continue on. Over the years there have been rumors of a new installment, remake to even fans attempting to bring out an installment. Fast forward to this year where the fourth main installment is slated to launch.

Aesthetically the game is a bit different with a more cartoonish art style, but for the most part, this is the same beat ‘em up style game that most of us enjoyed on the Sega Genesis. So far the small bit of gameplay footage we’ve received only focuses on Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding as they take out the thugs and scum from the city. So far no plot has been given out yet but we do know the story will take place a decade after the events of Streets of Rage 3.

The Last Of Us Part 2

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

The Last of Us launched back in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and since its release, the IP grew into a phenomenon. Developers Naughty Dog starts by ripping your heart at the start and leave you desperately wanting to unfold more of the narrative. Not only did The Last of Us hold an incredible narrative storyline, but the game also featured a widely beloved action-adventure experience.

Within the first title, players predominately took on the role of Joel who was in charge of delivering a young girl named Ellie to an anti-government organization. Most of the world has become decayed with a fungus type virus turning most of humanity into a zombie-like creature.

This resulted in a grand adventure full of stealth and action as you battle not only the infected but also other dangerous groups of civilians seeking to survive by any means. You’ll, of course, run into all sorts of interesting and bizarre individuals on your journey within the first title and we expect that experience to easily bleed over into the upcoming sequel.

Not too many details have been released so far with The Last of Us Part 2. From what we know so far is that the game narrative will take place five years after the events of The Last of Us and that players can expect Joel along with Ellie to return.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

There is no shortage of video game installments to The Legend of Zelda franchise and as a surprise reveal during Nintendo’s February Direct upload in 2019 we got the reveal of a new remake from the series. For those who owned an original Game Boy, you may have enjoyed The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Now you can prepare to enjoy that game all over again in a massive overhaul on the Nintendo Switch. This series is a well-known action-adventure title where players take on the role of Link and essentially saves the day from evil. With so many installments released, it’s not too surprising to see Nintendo look back at some of the classics that haven’t had its time in the spotlight in a number of years. As mentioned, this game is a perfect action-adventure that plays like the traditional old school Zelda titles. The game is done in a top-down perspective and given a more cartoonish style visuals. Throughout the game, players will be solving puzzles along with clearing dungeons and fighting bosses, much like how the series is known for. 

Days Gone

  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2019

Days Gone is an upcoming action-adventure title surrounding a post-apocalyptic world setting. Originally, the game was slated to launch in 2018 but it has since been pushed back until at some point in 2019.

Players take on the role of a man named Deacon St. John, who was once a former bounty hunter but now Deacon will have to use his skills for a whole different purpose. Instead of tracking down and bringing in the wanted, Deacon will need to use his finely tuned abilities as a means to survive this zombie apocalypse. The game will play out somewhat similarly with the zombies found in Dying Light. Depending on the time of day and the conditions could result in harder creatures to deal with. However, players will have the ability to complete the different objectives with however they see fit such as going in guns blazing or using the stealth technique.

Kingdom Hearts III

  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO
  • Release: January 29, 2019

Get ready to join Sora and his gang as he embarks on another adventure within Kingdom Hearts III. This third installment is a game that fans have been waiting for years now and thankfully the wait is slowly coming to an end. Players will be able to join Sora and fight off evil with the help of fan favorite Disney characters in January of 2019.

Being the latest installment, we can’t wait to see just what new franchises have been implemented into the title that has yet to be mentioned. As always, there will be plenty of puzzles and boss fights featured throughout the game.

Dying Light 2

  • Developer: Techland
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

During Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference, we got a look at the upcoming installment of Dying Light. Dying Light 2 will take place fifteen years into the zombie apocalypse where most of humanity has fallen and only small shells of society continue to fight for survival.

Players are introduced to a small city within Europe which acts as a safe haven from the zombie threats that lurk outside. However, this city is filled with butting factions leaving players with the ability to work with different factions or pin them against each other. As a result, players will have more freedom of choice that will result in gameplay narrative consequences. Combat still mainly revolves around fast-paced gunplay and melee weapons with zombies being more lethargic during the day.

Jedi: Fallen Order

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

During EA’s E3 2018 press conference, we got a few sparse details in regards to Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming Star Wars video game. We’ve known for a few years that the Titanfall developers were working on a single-player Star Wars video game but until now, we had no idea what to expect.

Apparently, this new Star Wars game will be mature and feature a dark and gritty world. The setting will take place after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Players will be stepping into the role of a surviving Padawan in a dark age where Jedi are being hunted down.

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.

For instance, the gameplay footage showcased does follow our protagonist fighting a group of enemies with hand-to-hand combat. We’re unsure if this game will also see any action taking place in a courthouse much like the Ace Attorney series.

For now, we only know a brief synopsis of Judge Eyes along with some gameplay footage.

Gears of War 5

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

Gears of War 5, or otherwise now known as simply Gears 5, will follow a new protagonist, Kait Diaz. Within the game, Kait has been dealing with visions and it’s leading her to drop away from The Coalition Army. Within the game, players are potentially seeking out the truth behind the Locust origins but the journey that Kait will endure will be difficult.

We’ll see a number of new locations to visit and of course a plethora of enemies you’ll need to fire or saw through. Of course, for now, the game is only slated to release sometime in 2019.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

  • Developer: ArtPlay, DICO
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PSV, Switch, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Led by former Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi, comes the upcoming action-adventure game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The video game is in the style of Metroidvania as you explore, craft new weapons, and of course, find new armor.

The video game will follow an orphan named Miriam who has been cursed by an alchemist which is slowly turning her skin into crystal. In order to stop the curse, she must explore a castle to find the summoner, Gebel, who as it turns out had suffered the same condition.

Combat is done through an assortment of items that you’ll come across. Players will be able to equip to your character with different items, magical skills and accessories that can buff your stats.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 22, 2019

FromSoftware, known best for their Souls series, has a brand new upcoming title known as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This is a third-person RPG title with brutal samurai-style swordplay. So far we know that the game will have players take the role of a shinobi who finds his lord was kidnapped. During the scuffle, our protagonist was left battered along with his arm severed.

Thanks to a busshi our shinobi manages to keep his life. In place of his missing arm is a prosthetic that players will be able to equip different gadgets and tools to use again enemies. While the developers FromSoftware may be best known for their Souls series lately, it appears that the Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be a bit different.

This game will also rely less on players chipping away against an enemy’s health in order to defeat the foe. Instead, the game may be a bit faster with katana attacks offering players the chance to land a blow that will instantly kill the enemy.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

The Luigi’s Mansion series doesn’t have very many installments attached. Outside of its main debut on the Nintendo GameCube, the series only has one other console installment for the Nintendo 3DS called Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. With the franchise, players are put into the role of Luigi who must bust a variety of ghosts and while we knew that the original installment was soon finding a release again in the market for the Nintendo 3DS, it came as a surprise that a third installment was in the works.

During a September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is being developed for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any details as to what this third installment will entail quite yet, but it’s supposedly coming into the market in 2019.

We’re likely going to see some type of Joy-Con motion controller gameplay featured within the game but again, at this point, we’re simply speculating as to what we can expect from the upcoming installment.

Far Cry: New Dawn

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: February 15, 2019

Note: Spoilers for Far Cry 5

If you enjoyed Far Cry 5 then you know that the ending leaves you hanging. At the end of the game you find that the world is on the brink of collapsing due to the end of the world and you find yourself stuck with the antagonist where the game ends following credits. Now if you’re hoping to find out what happens after the credits roll and what has happened to Hope County after the nuclear blast then you’ll get the opportunity in Far Cry New Dawn. This title takes place seventeen years after the events of Far Cry 5 where you will find returning characters from Far Cry 5 and the result of the protagonist and antagonist of Far Cry 5.

With Hope County mangled and distorted by the nuclear blast, players will find new land masses to explore. Survivors have started to rebuild the world but a new threat of bandits has prevented Hope County from truly being free from tyranny control. Players will be stepping up to free up outposts and preventing from the new bandit group controlled by twin sisters from destroying Hope County and the innocent citizens who dwell within it.

From the gameplay footage we have seen so far, it looks like the same gameplay mechanics are intact. Players will be fighting off bandits through an array of guns you scavenge along the way. There is even a brand new weapon introduced to the game series which fires out circular saw blades. Far Cry 5 provided not only action moments throughout the campaign but a narrative adventure that had you seeking out Joseph Seed and his crew. We’re expecting another enticing antagonist lead with the new twin girls that will leave us wondering just how everyone has handled Hope County since its demise seventeen years prior. Likewise, it will be quite the adventure to go through as you learn the results of Joseph Seed and our protagonist as they took aid by living in a secluded bunker trapping them together during the nuclear war.

The Outer Worlds

  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Private Division
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Obsidian Entertainment is a well-known and beloved video game development studio after they have released countless iconic RPG titles. For instance, the developers were responsible for Fallout: New Vegas and during The Game Awards 2018 came the announcement of The Outer Worlds. This is a brand new experience which resembles a bit like their past Fallout: New Vegas work. Within the game players will be embarking on an adventure set in the distant future where mankind has colonized space. So far we know that players will be investigating megacorporations to find just how strong of a hold they have on life and the colonized worlds.

Just like with past RPG titles developed under Obsidian Entertainment, the gameplay narrative will present players with multiple answers and options. Depending on the options selected may result in various branching storylines. Unfortunately, we don’t have to many details regarding the game narrative and gameplay mechanics. However, as mentioned, this is an RPG adventure so players can still expect to see various customization options and a massive world to explore.

The Outer Worlds quickly found its way on several gamers lists worldwide as a video game title to watch out for in 2019. With Obsidian Entertainment a trusted developer name who has had their hands on countless beloved titles, it’s a safe bet that this game will include a deep narrative adventure mixed with over-the-top action moments.

Minecraft: Dungeons

  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Mojang
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

A brand new game will be set in the world of Minecraft. Developed under Mojang, players can expect Minecraft: Dungeons to release at some point this year. Not too many details were given out so far but we know that this will be a dungeon crawling experience. Players will be able to join together and venture through new locations along with environments. It appears that Mojang is also bringing out new weapons and items for players to make use of when they start their adventure. Currently, there is no specific release date attached to the project yet, but we can expect to enjoy the game within this year for the PC. It’s uncertain if Mojang will have the game available on any other platforms, but we will, of course, keep track of the latest when more details are released to the public.


  • Developer: Remedy Entertainment
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

From the development team that has brought out the Max Payne franchise and Alan Wake comes their next big release, Control. The game acts much like their other line of video game titles as players will be going through the game as a third-person shooter. From what we know so far about the game, Remedy Entertainment is telling a story of a woman named Jesse Faden. Jesse was granted unexplained supernatural powers after a childhood traumatic experience and it’s her goal to finally get some questions answered about her past. Joining up with The Oldest House, a Federal Bureau headquarters that study supernatural phenomena, Jesse ends up dealing with more than she bargained for. A new otherworldly force has invaded The Oldest House leaving Jesse to fight back using any means necessary and perhaps at the end she’ll finally learn about her past.

There are a few elements to Control that will hopefully keep players intrigued. Players will be able to make use of supernatural abilities when fighting against enemy threats, but the mystery surrounding Jesse’s past may slowly get peeled away. This is a title that was shown off during E3 2018 and we’re hoping that E3 2019 will provide further details in regards to the gameplay mechanics along with the story. Likewise, perhaps we’ll finally get a specific release date attached to the game outside of a general 2019 launch window.

Halo: Infinite

  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: TBD

We really can’t go into too much detail about Halo: Infinite as there hasn’t been really any information released so far about the game. This will be the next major installment to the Halo franchise which will continue the story for Master Chief. A small teaser was released during E3 2018 and since then the development team over at 343 Industries have yet to give any information regarding just what gamers can expect. Instead, players should prepare for more Master Chief and perhaps another encounter against Cortana but that’s purely speculative. At any rate, we’re hoping that more information about the upcoming Halo title will be revealed during E3 this year so stay tuned for future updates.

We’re sure that you’re familiar with the Halo franchise as its one of the biggest Microsoft exclusives since the early days of the original Xbox. This series puts players into an action-adventure narrative where players are often fighting against the odds through various alien invasions. Halo 5: Guardians did set us up to potentially see Master Chief having to deal with his once-trusty companion Cortana. However, at this point, we don’t know what exactly the narrative will be or any changes 343 Industries is bringing to the upcoming installment.

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