Top Upcoming PC Video Games Of 2019

Note: This article was updated in April of 2019.

If you’re a PC gamer and looking to find what video game titles to keep note of for the upcoming year then look no further. We’ve compiled our picks for the most promising video games slated to launch within 2019 for the PC platform. You’ll want to keep this list bookmarked and check back often as we’ll continue to update this list with new information, trailers and video game titles. Of course, if we missed a video game title worth being included in the list then let us know by leaving a comment down below!

Likewise, take a look at our picks for the best PC video games of 2018.


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Cyberpunk 2077

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

Coming off their hit series The Witcher, CD Projekt is currently in the process of developing their next release, Cyberpunk 2077. Little is know about the upcoming RPG narrative but what has been announced is that the game will be set in the distant future. Likewise, the open-world gameplay will likely promise a wide variety of quests and campaigns for players to complete though that’s purely speculative at this point. With E3 right around the corner, we’re hoping some official news is shared on the upcoming title such as the narrative and possibly gameplay mechanics.


Borderlands 3

  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher:  2K Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release:  September 13, 2019

Borderlands is a successful video game franchise though despite having a following, we haven’t had a third main installment since Borderlands 2 launched in 2012. However, in a surprise announcement during PAX East, we got the announcement of Borderlands 3 which is slated to launch in September of this year. We haven’t got too many details about the game at the moment, but apparently, this time around there will be four new vault hunters and two cult leader antagonists to deal with. This game is likely going to have plenty of information roll out during E3 of this year but so far the trailer footage revealed so far looks to be the traditional gameplay we’ve come to know and love from the franchise.

Now you will want to take note that this game does, to some dismay, have an exclusive deal with Epic Games Store. When the game launches, it will be a timed exclusive to the Epic Games marketplace launcher so if you’re wanting to enjoy the game on Steam then you’ll have to wait a bit longer.


Halo: The Master Chief Collection

  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: 2019 (PC)

Halo is finally really making its comeback to the PC platform. After already being released on the Xbox One platform, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally making its way on the PC platform this year. Those who may not be familiar with the collection, this previously released in 2014 for the Xbox One and it offers gamers an overhaul edition of the first few video game installments. Players would get to enjoy Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, along with the addition of Halo Reach later this year. Needless to say, this is a big franchise and as a result it got an overwhelmingly positive response to the announcement from gamers online. While we don’t have a specific release date attached to the collection the PC platform, we’re sure that Microsoft and 343 Industries can expect a number of units being sold when it finally hits the marketplace. Now all we have to wait for is Halo 5: Guardians to make its way on the PC platform.


Gears Tactics

  • Developer: The Coalition
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Gears Tactics is one of those games that got a brief reveal in E3 2018 and since then we’ve really been waiting to hear more. The Gears franchise, in general, is rather big and quite known since it was released originally on the Xbox 360. Now years later we’re moving up to our fifth main installment to the game series with Gears Tactics being a tactical strategy title.

Again, details are still scarce and we’re waiting to hear more information hopefully during E3 of this year. However, what is known so far is that the game will take place twelve years prior to Gears of War with a new squad.


Back 4 Blood

  • Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
  • Publisher: Turtle Rock Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Back 4 Blood is an upcoming spiritual sequel to the Left 4 Dead franchise which was originally developed by the development team Turtle Rock Studios. It looks like the gang is bringing back the franchise in a new way since Valve hasn’t brought out a true third installment for the series. This announcement so far doesn’t come with a lot of details unfortunately. Instead, we’re only given a brief little bit of information. We know that the game will play out similar to the Left 4 Dead franchise, it will offer multiplayer and it will have a full campaign.


Psychonauts 2

  • Developer: Double Fine Productions
  • Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: TBA

Fans of the original Psychonauts video game can rejoice as the title will finally receive the much desired sequel likely next year. The video game will be following the events of the first title but also the events from the recently released, Psychonauts in the Rhombus Ruin which was a VR title that aims to bridge the first game and the sequel. Little is known about the upcoming Psychonauts 2 video game, though players will still take on the role of Raz with his Psi-Powers. Likewise, the narrative journey may open up some doors to the history of not only Raz but his family.


Anthem

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

After being delayed in 2018, Anthem is slated to launch in March of 2019. The video game is the next IP release under BioWare in which players are set to a distant alien planet being colonized. However, this alien planet is hostile with creatures lurking about. In order to keep humanity safe, players will step into the role of a Freelancer, a special task force that explores the world and take out the various threats. Likewise, this seems to be a game worth playing with friends with BioWare making mention of four-player cooperative gameplay. As it sits right now, Anthem could play similar to Destiny, though we’ll have to wait and see what new information is released into the public before we can really compare the two IPs.


The Talos Principle 2

  • Developer: Croteam
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2019

Note: Trailer and images are from The Talos Principle.

The Talos Principle took a deep narrative and hid it under a complex puzzle journey. Players control an android who’s goal is to solve a variety of puzzles on an abandoned island, though as you progress further and further into the game, the true narrative and journey behind the android is unveiled. Since its release in 2014, the game was met with a positive reception and its been revealed that a sequel will be in the works, but no information at this time has been shared to the public.We’re interested in seeing if the narrative journey picks up following the events of the first title or if a brand new story along with new complex puzzles are awaiting the players arrival.


Xenonauts 2

  • Developer: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Publisher: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Fans of Xenonauts can enjoy even more turn-based tactical gameplay with the upcoming sequel. This time around, the game will take place in an alternate history timeline set within the Cold War. Because of the new setting, this upcoming sequel will not include any advanced alien technology. While the game does not have any specific release date attached quite yet, a demo is available through Gog.com. Within the demo, players will be able to try an early pre-alpha build of the game to give a slight look at the upcoming game which is still expected to launch within the year.


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. If by chance this RPG hits into the market this year we’ll update this post with new information.


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.


Starfield

  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Platforms: TBD
  • Release: TBD

Starfield is a brand new IP RPG title from the development team at Bethesda. The development studio may be known more for their line of Fallout and The Elder Scroll titles but unfortunately, the team has yet to make any real reveals. Outside of its official announcement of an RPG title set in space during their press conference event at E3 2018, we don’t have much more to go off on. The title is supposedly developed for next-generation consoles and will release before The Elder Scrolls VI. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if any new information is released during this year’s E3 expo.


Phoenix Point

  • Developer: Snapshot Games
  • Publisher: Snapshot Games
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: June 2019

Set to be an X-COM series spiritual successor, Phoenix Point is a turn-based tactics strategy video game with heavy inspirations from the Lovecraft works. Players will be fighting off an alien invasion while at first only having control of a lone base known as Phoenix Point. Set in the not so distant future, humanity becomes under attack after the discovery of an extraterrestrial virus and over the course of the game, you’ll find that these viruses are able to cause the aliens to mutate. If you enjoy the strategic style gameplay from X-COM along with classic Lovecraft style horror then this is one game you won’t want to miss out on. Currently, the title is set to release within June of this year.


Session

  • Developer: Crea-ture Studios
  • Publisher: Crea-ture Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Skateboarding video games have seemed to lost their edge this past generation of consoles. That may soon change with the upcoming release of Session, a video game being developed by indie developer Crea-ture Studios. This is a Microsoft exclusive so you’ll need to be on a Windows 10 platform or the Xbox One.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, developers are creating the game to be similar to the late 1990s and early 2000s skateboarding video game releases, such as the Tony Hawk Pro Skater lineup. Instead of a focus on a narrative or quest, Session is all about having a fun time as a professional skateboarder.


The Blackout Club

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

The Blackout Club is the next video game release under developers Question. Within the video game, players are encouraged to work together in a horror mystery surrounded by a strange occurrence. Teenagers from a small town have started to blackout and wake up randomly at a different location. With no memory of what happened during the blackout and failing to convince the adults of these random events, a group of teens must band together and solve the mystery.

This is a co-op style video game in which players can team up and carefully execute their plans to find out the reason for the blackouts and gather proof in order to share with police and parents. Currently, the video game is slated to launch at some point in 2019.


Rage 2

  • Developer: Avalanche Studios, id Software
  • Publishers: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Rage is back with a brand new installment. Rage 2 will toss players into the role of Walker who is the last ranger. It’s your job to survive in this dangerous world after mutants flooded the world thanks to an otherworldly asteroid struck the surface. We also know that thirty years have passed since the events of the first Rage so you can expect to see a few familiar characters.

This is still a brutal FPS with an open world for players to explore, though information is still a bit scarce on the title. However, in past interviews about the game, Tim Willits, id Software a co-developer working on Rage 2, has stated that the developers are revamping the overall game with a better overall story, vehicles, characters and of course weapons.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see what information is slowly unveiled for this upcoming title but it already has us interested in checking the game out when it launches.


Afterparty

  • Developer: Night School Studio
  • Publisher: Night School Studio
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Night School Studio is gearing up for their next video game release, Afterparty. You may be familiar with their past video game release, Oxenfree which follows a group of teenagers who find themselves stuck on an abandoned island cursed by a supernatural entity.

However, within Afterparty, players take on the role of two young adults who have recently become deceased. With hopes of returning back to their normal lives, the duo is forced to explore the depths of hell and prepare to out drink Satan. Currently, the video game doesn’t have a specific release date attached quite yet, but gamers can expect a release at some point in 2019.


Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace

  • Developer: LuckyHammers
  • Publisher: Asmodee Digital
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

If you enjoy Lovecraft-inspired video games and board games then you’ll want to take a look at Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace. This is a video game title that is being developed after the Lovecraft-based board game. Within Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, players take the role of an investigator during the late 1920s.

Set to uncover the mystery of an old mansion, players must explore and uncover the past horrors of the mansion along with solving a series of puzzles. Unfortunately, the video game doesn’t seem to offer a multiplayer option so this is a single-play experience.


Tunche

  • Developer: Leap Game Studios
  • Publisher: Leap Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, NS
  • Release: 2019

From developers, Leap Game Studios comes the upcoming title release, Tunche. The video game is a 2D beat ‘em up that follows the Peruvian legend of the same name. Apparently, within the legend, a mystical spirit lurks deep within the jungles, enchanting prey to come in with a whistling noise.

Luckily, players won’t have to go through the jungles alone as Tunche features a co-op experience. However, the game does have roguelike elements which means, if you die at any point during the game, you’ll be forced to restart the game completely. If you and a friend want to enjoy a challenge then you’ll likely want to pick this game up.


Resident Evil 2

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, XBO, PS4
  • Release: January 25, 2019

Capcom is going back and giving Resident Evil 2 a proper facelift. The video game remake was announced a ways back but it wasn’t until E3 2018 that the development studio showcased the game with a trailer along with gameplay footage. The development team is retaining the storyline and key plot points from the original PlayStation release. However, besides the visual improvements, it seems that the fixed camera point of views has been scrapped for an over-the-should camera. The game will still follow storylines revolving around Leon and Claire as they make their way through a heavily infected Raccoon City.


Trials Rising

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

If you haven’t already played a Trials game then you’ll definitely want to pick up Trials Rising when it launches in 2019. The game was unveiled during Ubisoft’s E3 2018 press conference where developers promise much more chaotic and insane courses for players to complete.

As always, you’ll be controlling a motorcycle across several courses all while avoiding outlandish obstacles. Thanks to the motorcycle physics, players will make some over-the-top crashes. But with some practice, gamers can soon master each course after learning from past mistakes.


Metro Exodus

  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: February 22, 2019

Metro Exodus will be set in the year 2036 which will follow the events of Metro: Last Light. Earth is still in shambles from the nuclear war as players step into the role of Artyom. During Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference we got a look into the world players will be diving into.

Much like the previous installment, players will find that the world is filled with hostile creatures and a variety of guns to use towards your advantage. Since the game is not set to release until February of next year, we imagine more information regarding the game will be unveiled at a later date.


Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2

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

The Division was a big hit as an online third-person shooter. During E3 2018, we got a look at the upcoming sequel, The Division 2. Players will find that the story will take place months after the events of the first title. This time around, it seems that agents of The Division are going up against a corrupt government, causing a second civil war within The United States of America.

Gameplay still seems to be focused around teamwork and a level progression system. Likewise, it was announced that during the first year of The Division 2’s release, developers will be launching three DLC packs which will include new story and activities. Best of all, these DLC packs will be completely free for everyone who purchases a copy of the game.


Wolfenstein: Youngblood

  • Developer: MachineGames
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC
  • Release: 2019

A new installment to the Wolfenstein franchise was unveiled during E3 2018. Players will find that this latest installment will not star BJ but instead focus on his twin daughters. Set in the 1980s, the twin daughters are fighting back against the evil Nazi regime.

While there haven’t been too many details released for this particular game, we did get news that Wolfenstein: Youngblood will feature a cooperative game mode. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see what else to expect from the game in the coming months.


Skull & Bones

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

Ubisoft did a fantastic job when it came to portraying a pirate’s life on the sea in their Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag installment. Taking most of the gameplay mechanics from the game, Ubisoft is gearing up for their next pirate-themed video game, Skull & Bones. Within the game, players will be set out in the open seas in order to track down profitable ships to battle and loot.

Players will take control as the captain as you steer the ship in rough waters while calling out shots to be fired at your target. There is also a bit of strategy to the game with ship upgrade capabilities and what appears to be a companion level progression for other pirate crews.


Devil May Cry 5

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

At E3 2018 Capcom showcased Devil May Cry 5. This title is set to take place a few years after the events of Devil May Cry 4 where players will be battling another demonic invasion with the help of Nero. Outside of what appears to be another fast-paced fluid combat system, we know the story will take place several years after Devil May Cry 2 where both Nero and Dante’s journey cross paths when a demon invasion leads them in tracking down a mysterious hooded individual.


Gears of War 5

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

The next chapter in the main Gears of War franchise is heading to both Xbox One and PC platforms within the upcoming year. Revealed during Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference, we know that the game narrative will follow Kait Diaz as she dwells into a personal journey. Within the game, we may uncover the truth behind the Locust as players gun down and saw through the enemy forces.

While this won’t be the only Gears title slated to launch in the franchise in 2019, we expect the main title installment will get more fleshed out details as we move closer to its release. Until then, check out the announcement trailer for the upcoming game posted above.


Doom Eternal

  • Developer: id Software
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

When Doom first got its reboot in 2016, the game became a massive hit. Players were once again thrown into the shoes of Doom Guy as he battles demons in Hell. The game was over-the-top action packed and made it seem that the protagonist could handle any demon that came his way. Now thanks to the Bethesda E3 2019 press conference we know that a sequel is in the works.

The video game will follow the events of the first title where it seems that Hell has arrived on Earth. Doom Guy will once again have to blast away countless demons in order to save humanity from the brink of destruction. Gameplay has shown the protagonist fighting off a slew of demonic monsters that have ran rampant across the city. There doesn’t seem to be really any significant change to the gameplay mechanics from the Doom reboot so we fully expect the same over-the-top action-packed and intense quality of gameplay to show up for the sequel.


Dead or Alive 6

  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo
  • Platforms: PC, XBO, PS4
  • Release: 2019

Dead or Alive 6 is making a debut in 2019. Apparently, from what the developers have stated so far, we can expect less focus on fan service and instead anticipate a true fighting game experience. Combat will be brutal and tweaked to deliver competitive gameplay. However, we can only wait and see if the developers can deliver on their promise.


Crackdown 3

  • Developer: Reagant Games, Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: February 22, 2019

Crackdown 3 is heading to Xbox One and PC platforms in February of 2019. The video game will once again put players into the shoes of an agent who must fight back a terrorist organization. After years have passed since the events of Crackdown 2, a new terrorist group has successfully killed off the power for the entire world.

One of the big focuses for the development teams working on the project was a highly destructible map. As a result, players can expect some action-packed and chaotic battle sequences. Since the game was first announced during E3 2014, we’re hoping that the gameplay experience can match the game hype leading up to its release.


Cuphead “The Delicious Last Course”

  • Developer: Studio MDHR
  • Publisher: Studio MDHR
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Cuphead brought back an old retro classic video game feel and vibe. Designed to be an old 1930s cartoon, players went through a game as a mug who must deliver a number of souls to the devil. However, each soul would be a battle as they are tucked away in a boss fight.

Majority of the game was centered around boss fights with players having to remember certain patterns and moves in order to progress. If you enjoyed the game then you may want to pick up the upcoming DLC known as The Delicious Last Course. This will bring in a brand new level with additional boss fights. Likewise, the DLC will give players a new playable character known as Ms. Chalice.


Dying Light 2

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

The sequel to Dying Light is launching in 2019. Once again, players will be fighting against a horde of undead with stronger enemies lurking out at night. One of the new elements that the game will be bringing to the table is the narrative journey.

This time around, within Dying Light 2 players will have some control on the story. Missions will give players more freedom in choice likewise there are dialogue options which can drastically alter your protagonist’s journey and gameplay.


Jedi: Fallen Order

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

We’ve been waiting for information regarding the Star Wars title Respawn Entertainment has been working on. After being announced that a project was in the works for a couple years now, we now know a few small details. During EA’s E3 2018 press conference, it was announced that Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars game is called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

The game will take place shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith where players will take the role of a surviving Padawan during the dark ages. As a result, the single-player storyline will be mature and gritty.


Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts

  • Developer: CI Games
  • Publisher: CI Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

CI Games is bringing out a new installment to the Sniper franchise. Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts has been announced for a release in 2019. The game will feature a number of missions that not only have the main objective but a few small secondary objectives to complete. Likewise, the development team is making a few small refinements.

For instance, the game will be dropping the open world environment that was present in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3. However, the gameplay will still give players more of a choice on how they complete their mission. This may also bring over some additional replay value to different missions. Currently, there are not too many fine details regarding the upcoming installment to the Sniper series, but we’ll keep you updated on the latest.


Shenmue III

  • Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: August 27, 2019

After what felt like eons of being stuck in development hell, Shenmue III will finally hit store shelves in August of 2019. This game has had a cult following for years with the first two titles being one of the more treasured video game titles of its time despite being a commercial failure.

Years later Yu Suzuki, series creator, unveiled Shenmue III during an E3 conference in 2015. Seeking help from the fans, the development team was able to fund the game production where players will follow Ryo Hazuki as he searches for his father’s killer.

Since the video game’s announcement we have been hit with a few delays with the title most recently set for launch in 2018. However, a new delay that will supposedly allow the developers to further polish the game has pushed the game back until August of 2019 for the PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

Currently neither of the platforms offers any exclusivity to sway players to purchase a copy on the particular platform.


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 of this curse, Gebel, who as it turns out had suffered the same condition.

Luckily, the video game is coming out for a number of different platforms so you should have no trouble getting the chance to enjoy the video game once it launches.


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.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS, 3DS
  • Release: 2019

The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video game franchise has been around for a number of years now and it’s grown to be quite popular. Overall, the game follows Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense attorney, who goes through various crimes to locate clues to use within the court trial. Overall, you can consider the game more of a visual novel with puzzles throughout.

Despite the first game first releasing into Japanese markets in 2001, gamers will soon once again get the game in a new compilation release. Capcom is putting out Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms sometime in 2019


Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

  • Developers: Double Damage Games
  • Publisher: Double Damage Games
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, NS
  • Release: 2019

If you enjoyed Rebel Galaxy then you’ll want to take note of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw which is coming out in 2019. So far the details are a bit scarce but we do know that the game will take place about thirty years prior to the events of the first game where players will take on the role as Juno Markev.

Juno is a smuggler that ends up in debit with a casino in order to gain a ship so as a result we can expect the ship combat aspect to the game will still be a major component to the video game. However, it seems that the development team is looking to deliver a stronger narrative journey for players to uncover as they progress. Overall, the developers are taking all the aspects that made Rebel Galaxy work and further enhancing them in this upcoming prequel.


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.

What players may also enjoy about Biomutant is the fact that the game will feature branching storyline narratives which means that when players make decisions it will alter the storyline. Ultimately, how the game will play out is completely up to you. As it stands right now, Biomutant is still slated to release in 2019.


The Surge 2

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

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.

While we’re still waiting to hear more information regarding the game, but we do know that this time around The Surge 2 will feature a new environment set in a city with larger level designs running on an improved engine. We can also expect to see new abilities, weapons, implants, and drones.


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.


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.


Mortal Kombat 11

  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: April 23, 2019

Mortal Kombat is a staple to the fighting genre with so many titles flooding the market across generations of platforms. In a surprise reveal at The Game Awards 2018 we got our first announcement that developers over at NetherRealm Studios are working on the eleventh main installment to the Mortal Kombat franchise. We don’t know very much at all regarding this game other than what was shown off during the first reveal trailer.

Within the trailer we saw Scorpion and Raiden battling and it looks like there will be some time element at play when a female character was shown next to a reverse flowing hourglass. For those who pre-order the game, you will receive access to Shao Kahn as a bonus character but we imagine that the developers have character packs readily available throughout the game’s launch serving as additional past Mortal Kombat characters to other franchise crossovers much like their previous release, Mortal Kombat X.


The Settlers 2019

  • Developer: Blue Byte
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Ubisoft with the creator of the original entry to the franchise is back with a new installment to The Settlers. This is a strategy title that will play out similar to the eight past previous titles but with overall improvements to the visuals and mechanics. For instance, everything will play out in real-time which means you could watch your settlers work on an individual item from start to finish such as cutting down a tree and bringing to a storehouse. Visually, this installment looks to be more catered to making the world feel more alive while players can also expect plenty of action-packed battles when opposing factions come around.


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.

This title still has plenty of questions left unanswered though as it stands right now, gamers who are interested in the title can expect the first episode to release at least some point this year. Now if you’re familiar with Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange series then you may know that the second installment has been iffy in terms of just when episodes are released. As a result, some gamers are experiencing some longer wait times between episodes though we’re hoping that is not the case for Twin Mirror. However, it seems that there are only three episodes for this upcoming project.


Team Sonic Racing

  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher:  SEGA
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: May 21, 2019

Nintendo really set the bar high when it comes to kart racers thanks to the Mario Kart franchise. While Nintendo is doing well with their exclusive franchise, Sega has opened up the Sonic Racing series from the start in 2010 with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Essentially, this is very similar to the Mario Kart gameplay but instead of Mario and the cast of Nintendo characters, you’ll be trading them off for a cast from Sega’s line of video game titles along with tracks designed around their various IPs. This upcoming title will be similar to the previous two installments though developers, Sumo Digital, are hoping it stands out enough to be its own title when it launches into the market later this year.

One of the ways that Sumo Digital is making Team Sonic Racing different compared to previous installments is that they are dropping out all IPs outside of Sonic. Instead, the installment will solely be based around Sonic, the cast of characters within it, and likely memorable courses made from the franchise. Whether dropping the rest of the Sega line of IPs from the title will hurt the number of units sold for the game remains to be seen.


Yakuza Kiwami

  • Developer: SEGA
  • Publisher:  SEGA
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PC
  • Release: February 19, 2019

You may have already enjoyed Yakuza Kiwami as it came out back in 2017 outside of Japan for the PlayStation 4 platform. Sega is bringing out a port of the PC platform this year which will potentially give players a chance to enjoy Yakuza for the very first time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the first Yakuza title which originally released for the PlayStation 2. Without spoiling the story, players follow a former Yakuza member named Kazuma Kiryu who is framed for the murder of a high ranking Yakuza leader.

After doing a stint in prison, Kiryu is set out to pick up the pieces and learn of what actually happened to the former leader along with those who he cared about. This is a slightly open-world with optional quests and activities to partake in. Likewise, this game will set you up for Yakuza Kiwami 2 though as it stands right now, the game is only available on the PlayStation 4 platform.


Tropico 6

  • Developer: Limbic Entertainment
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Tropico series is well-known with the sixth main installment launching at some point this year. Players will handle the role of a political president that must bring his country through the hard times it’s currently in. With social unrest and a turmoil over the political outlook, maintaining order and bringing the country together will bring players a challenging task as they attempt to win the citizen’s favor. We know that players will be taking the role of El Presidente within the Caribbean island nation of Tropico where players will control the lands over the course of four eras. One of the new elements being introduced to the franchise is controlling an archipelago of islands where players can build bridges and connect the islands together. Likewise, AI will be tweaked even further which means that if players make a decision that is unfavorable to the citizens then that may cause a shift in productivity to even dealing with revolts.


Warcraft III: Reforged

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment, Classic Games, Lemon Sky Studios
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos released back in 2002 and now for fans who enjoyed the game when it initially released will get a chance to replay a newly revamped edition. This is a classic strategy title which is coming out in 2019 that will bring not only a visual improvement to the base game but also the expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. This title is in good hands as its being taken care of by the team who put out StarCraft: Remastered and while the developers are looking to bring out a visually pleasing title, they will also bring out some new improvements. For instance, we know some mechanics and AI will be tweaked and that players can even expect new enemies. Likewise, there may also be a push to further connect the Warcraft franchise together with this title release which may be an undertaking due to the wide range of books and video game titles.


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.


Control

  • 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.


Dirt Rally 2.0

  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: February 26, 2019

Dirt Rally is developers Codemasters overall revised installment to the Rally series. Essentially, Dirt Rally morphed from the Colin McRae Rally series which first came out in 1998. Within the game, players will race in a variety of off-road terrain tracks on tracks set all over the world. Likewise, select tracks may have various weather conditions that could alter the overall feel of the vehicle you’re racing with. There is a total of seventy different cars to choose from and over thirty stages.

Now since Dirt Rally has released, Codemasters has returned to give players a brand new experience with Dirt Rally 2.0. Just as before, players will be receiving a realistic physics racing experience but now with a new weather system. It seems that weather conditions will not only play a role in how the car handles on the track but your visibility of the road. Currently, the game will release with a total of fifty cars to choose from and eight circuits from the FIA World Rallycross Championship.


Civilization 6: Gathering Storm

  • Developer: Firaxis Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: February 14, 2019

If you already own a copy of Civilization VI then you may want to take note of the upcoming second expansion pack known as Gathering Storm. This expansion will be adding an assortment of features, leaders, wonders, and civilizations. A  big focus with this expansion is all about weather elements being introduced to the game and as a result, players will have to deal with the various issues that will come up from it. For instance, players will soon have to plan for potential volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, to even droughts. All of these will play a role in how the game will play out for the last eras. However, as mentioned, there are some other notable elements being added into the game such as a new overhaul to diplomacy along to a variety of small little tweaks to the already established mechanics.

For those who are after more leaders, you’ll find that Gathering Storm will include a total of nine new characters with eight brand new civilizations. These will also come with two new scenarios which will deal with The Black Death pandemic and the WWI German-French conflict in Belgium. Currently, this game is slated to release on February 14, 2019.


Total War: Three Kingdoms

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms; PC
  • Release: March 7, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms will mark the twelfth installment to the Total War franchise which is set to take place in 190 AD. The game will follow the Han dynasty when a new warlord has begun to manipulate the emperor. Much like the past installments, this is a turn-based strategy title where players are controlling a faction that must unify China. In order to do so, players will have to battle and take out the opposing factions while commanding troops and units. This game is also said to come with two game modes where one will allow players an overall easier time to manage their faction and going across China to take out enemies. However, developers Creative Assembly has included a more difficult mode to give players an extra challenge.


Age of Empires 4

  • Developer: Relic Entertainment
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBD

Age of Empires is finally back after over a decade wait since the release of Age of Empires 3. Unfortunately, not too many details were released by Relic Entertainment and from the footage so far shown to promote the game, it appears that we will see a wide variety of territories along with eras. It’s worth noting that alongside Age of Empires 4, both Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 3 are in development so it seems that gamers will definitely get their fill of the franchise hopefully within the year. Currently, the game doesn’t have a release date yet and with the slim amount of news released for the upcoming fourth installment, we expect that we’ll hear plenty more about the game before it actually hits the market.


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, after coming off Halo 5: Guardians, a game that wasn’t as well-received in comparison to past installments, it will be interesting to see just what 343 Industries brings to the table next to sway gamers back to the long-running franchise.


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