Top Upcoming Exploration Video Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in June of 2019.

Enjoy exploring the game world during your journey? 2019 is shaping up to feature a number of exploration focused video games. Take a look at our most anticipated video games that will sport plenty of exploration opportunities below and make sure to bookmark this page as we’ll continue to update this list when new video games are announced.


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Borderlands 3
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: September 13, 2019

It’s been years since we got a main installment but it looks like Borderlands 3 is coming out later this year. We’ve only received one trailer so far but within it, we know that there will be new vault hunters, modes, and just like before, we’ll also get cooperative gameplay. News is still a bit scarce from developers Gearbox Software but we imagine that this title will get a proper spotlight during this year’s big E3 expo.

We’re still waiting to hear more information regarding the third installment to the Borderlands franchise but apparently Gearbox is promising multiple worlds all with unique environments to explore. We’ll likely find a ton of goods and enemies to battle against during our exploration but for now we’ll have to wait and hopefully hear more about the game during E3 of this year.


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

Originally slated to launch in 2018, BioWare’s next upcoming release Anthem is now set to launch in March 2019. The video game is set in the distant future where mankind has colonized other worlds, one of which will be the setting of the game narrative.

Much of humanity is protected behind walls though, in order to explore and gather resources, a specialized group is known as Freelancers who are equipped with advanced suits that will aid in traversing. It’s with these suits known as Javelins that players can also take on any hostile enemies that may show up though we’re still waiting on new details to be unleashed during this year’s E3 expo.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 4, 2019

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon is making a return in 2019. The video game is set to follow after the events of Tom Clancy’s Wildlands and will retain some of the attributes that made that particular game different compared to other installments from the franchise such as being set in an open world environment. News is still a bit scarce at the time of writing this but it does look like the game will follow a team of special force operatives who are sent to an island owned by a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist by the name of Jace Skell. Skilled and worldwide known for his technological advances, it appears that evil regimes have managed to secure plenty of Skell’s products to use as a weaponize weapon.

As we mentioned above, the game will still have an open world environment, much like the previous iteration Wildlands. The map is said to be about the same size as Wildlands so you shouldn’t expect a more vast map to explore, but being set on an island that’s controlled by a rouge Ghost agent should provide for some interesting areas to track down and take over. We will, however, find a more lush and diverse environment with forests, beaches to large mountains.


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

From the creators of Oxenfree comes their next video game release, Afterparty. The video game follows two young adults who have become deceased. With an urge to return back to normal life, the duo teams up and must out drink Satan. This is a bit of wacky story, but with Oxenfree being a cult following hit, we’re sure there will be plenty of interested in gamers picking up Afterparty when it launches sometime in 2019.

Also, much like Oxenfree, we expect there to be an exploration aspect to the game. Oxenfree had players going to different areas of the world to solve the narrative journey and we’re hoping that element bleeds over to Afterparty.


Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace
  • Developer: LuckyHammers
  • Publisher: Asmodee Digital
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Mansion of Madness: Mother’s Embrace is a video game being developed by Luckyhammers and is based off a Lovecraft-inspired board game. Overall, the video game takes place in 1926 where a group of investigators finds themselves in a mansion tied to several mysteries.

Players are tasked with exploring the mansion where more mysteries and horrors become unearthed. During explorations, the game will toss out several puzzles to solve as you fight against insanity and an untimely death.