Top Upcoming Action RPG Video Games Of 2019

Note: This article was updated in September of 2018.

There are definitely a few action RPG titles that we can’t wait to play in 2019. If you enjoy this video game genre then keep our 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 best action RPG titles of 2018.


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Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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

Final Fantasy is a staple franchise for the RPG genre and arguably the biggest title within the series to hit store shelves was Final Fantasy VII. The video game was key for several gamers to get turned onto the RPG genre as a whole, but since its initial release on the original PlayStation console, fans have been pleading for Square Enix to go back and remaster the game for today’s latest consoles.

While speculation, rumors and teases have been around for a number of years, Square Enix officially confirmed that the PlayStation 4 platform during E3 2015 Sony press conference would see the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. However, that doesn’t mean the game wouldn’t come with its share of changes.

Instead of being released fully, Final Fantasy VII Remake would release episodically. It turns out that by doing an episodic release, developers would not be forced to make any unwanted cuts. Furthermore, going the episodic route, developers have the opportunity to include new additions, though just what new content will be included remains to be seen.

Another big change to the upcoming remake is that the title will be losing its traditional turn-based combat. Players will find that the combat would be changed to a more traditional action RPG gameplay.

 


Cyberpunk 2077

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

Cyberpunk 2077 is the next big title release from developers CD Projekt who you may be familiar with for The Witcher series. The video game is set in the future where it seems that most of the humanity has fallen on hard times after big corporations and companies took control of modern life.

Likewise, there seems to be an emphasis on augmentations for humans which will help them in various tasks. We expect some similarities in regards to the Deux Ex franchise but we’re still waiting for more information to be released on that front.

We’re also interested in seeing just how well CD Projekt delivers after their success with The Witcher series, especially since the upcoming title doesn’t already have source material for the developers to go off from.


The Surge 2

  • Developer: Deck13 Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Note: Trailer and images are from The Surge.

After the success of The Surge, developers Deck13 Interactive are working on the sequel for a release in 2019. This is a science fiction action RPG that took inspirations from the Souls series but in a futuristic setting. From The Surge, we know that the planet has been slowly dying with most of the resources were used up causing environmental diseases.

If you enjoyed the first title, then you can expect a more finely tuned sequel with some slight changes. For instance, this upcoming sequel, players will be able to completely customize their character, combat will be harder and furthermore, the game will be set in a bigger open-world environment.

 


Anthem

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

Developers BioWare tends to have a positive track record when it comes to their deep narrative RPG journeys. With titles such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age, we have big expectations when it comes to their next upcoming release, Anthem.

Anthem is set in the distant future where humanity has colonized other planets. So far what we know about the game is that players will be on a hostile alien planet where most of humanity lives behind closed off walls. Players will take on the role of a Freelancer which is a member of an organization that solely explores the open world.

However, before players can leave behind the wall, they will need to use specialized suits which will help traverse the world and likely help fight off the hostile creatures that may show up.

 


The Division 2

  • Developer: Massive Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 15, 2019

Tom Clancy’s The Division is making a return in 2019. The sequel is slated to follow just a few months after the events of the first installment where players find themselves battling a new enemy. A brand new civil war has broken out after the corrupt government officials begun to make life increasingly difficult for the innocent civilians seeking refuge.

Players will step back into the role of an agent within The Division as they attempt to bring peace and order back into The United States of America. Much like the previous installment, this is a third-person shooter with RPG elements sprinkled about.

Within the game, players can team up and go through various missions or game modes such as the introduction of Raids. We’re still a bit off from the release of the game so we’re waiting to hear more details regarding the leveling and progression system.

 


Kingdom Hearts III

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

We’ve waited years for the third main installment to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The game is slated to release on January 29, 2019, where gamers can once again join up with Sora as he battles evil and meets new friends across the various Disney themed planets.

This was always a fantastic action RPG series as it blended Final Fantasy characters with Disney themed worlds. Much like past installments to the series, gamers will battle enemies with the help of your party members and magic spells. Of course, there is also a barrage of melee style attacks to use though we’re eager to see what combat changes, if any, are present in Kingdom Hearts III.

Likewise, this third installment is releasing not only on the PlayStation 4 but will be branching off from the Sony exclusive console lineup by also launching on the Xbox One platform as well.

 


Devil May Cry 5

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

During E3 2018, Capcom revealed that a new installment to the Devil May Cry franchise will be coming out in 2019. Devil May Cry 5 will take place a few years after Devil May Cry 4 where Nero will once again have to fight off against a new demon invasion.

Combat will be fluid and fast-paced much like what the series is known for, however, there are not too many details on the game quite yet. We only got a small trailer for Devil May Cry 5 so we imagine that a more proper unveiling with gameplay details and mechanics are underway.

 


Code Vein

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XO
  • Release: 2019

Code Vein is an upcoming title being developed by Shift, which you may know from their past works such as the God Eater franchise. Since its announcement, little information was given out in regards to Code Vein, although, thanks to the Tokyo Game Show, a new narrative trailer was officially unveiled.

This is an action role-playing video game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is flooded with vampires. It seems that the world’s blood supply is running thin and as a result, there’s become a division between vampires.

Our protagonist is a rookie who must fight against the Queen and the corrupted bloodthirsty vampires that gave their allegiance to this seemingly unstoppable force. Being an action role-playing video game, there’s more freedom in how players attack their opponents, but the developers have opted to run with a Dark Souls style approach.


Biomutant
  • Developer: Experiment 101
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

In Biomutant, players take the role of a raccoon-like creature that must save the world. With a poisonous oil springing up from the ground, most the world is quickly infected and dying off. This also has spread to the Tree of Life, a giant tree that brings life to the whole world.

Players must go to each of the six roots of the Tree of Life and stop the oil and defeat each boss. Furthermore, the game will be tossing players a number of decisions that will affect the overall narrative storyline. Likewise, the choices you make will ultimately alter the world itself. Developers have stated that the entire world is open for players to explore with only sections blocked, forcing players to progress the narrative in order to gather the items required to access past unreachable areas.

This is an action RPG that will be played out in third-person where developers claim combat will be a mix of melee, supernatural powers, and shooting. There also appears to be a bit of customization available that players can alter a bit of the gameplay along with the appearance of your character.

Currently, the game is still a bit scarce with information. In fact, the game was set to release within 2018, but apparently the development team is pushing it back by nearly a year. Now the Biomutant is slated to launch at some point in the summer of 2019.


Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

  • Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Publisher: Marvelous
  • Platforms: Switch
  • Release: January 18, 2019

Taking part of the No More Heroes franchise, Grasshopper Manufacture is releasing Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. With that said, you can expect an over-the-top hack-and-slash experience.

Players will find that Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will take place seven years after the events of No More Heroes 2 where Badman seeks to take down Travis for murdering his daughter, Bad Girl. During the scuffle, the duo finds themselves trapped in a canceled video game console crated by Dr. Juvenile called the Death Drive MK-II.

This will be a top-down action-adventure style game that a total of two players can join together. As mentioned, this is an hack-and-slash title as well where players will be taking out groups of enemies at a time.


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