Top Upcoming Exploration Video Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in January 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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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.

 


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.

 


Two Worlds III DELAYED

  • Developer: Reality Pump
  • Publisher: TopWare Interactive
  • Platforms: TBD
  • Release: Delayed

Note: Trailer and images are from Two Worlds II

The Two World series is about to see its third installment. For those who may not be familiar with the game, which could be the case as Two World II launched all the way back in 2010, this is an action RPG but set in an open fantasy world, similar to The Elder Scrolls series.

Players generally take on a character who will go through a series of quests and campaigns. In fact, the sequel, Two Worlds II, is still active today with players going through DLC releases. Being an open fantasy world, there is a bit of exploration to be had in the game and as such we can expect the same for the upcoming third installment.

No details have been unveiled quite yet about Two Worlds III. The publishing company, TopWare Interactive, has stated that the installment will have a higher degree of detail, though we’ll hopefully receive new official announcements on the game soon.

 


Elex 2

  • Developer: Piranha Bytes
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: TBD
  • Release: TBD

Note: Trailer and images are from Elex.

Elex launched in 2017 and while the game didn’t receive the most outstanding reviews, there was still a clear cult following. The video game followed a protagonist with a mysterious past which is uncovered slowly throughout the game. Taking place in a distant future and on a unique planet, the game pins players against factions during a war over a substance known as Elex, which could grant individuals with magical abilities.

We won’t dive into spoilers here but the game does leave room for a sequel and while we’re still kind of waiting on an official announcement, it’s essentially known that Elex 2 is in the works. The first title gave players the ability to explore the entire open world map from the start though with high-level enemies lurking around the world, exploring was something of a risk.

We’re fully expecting more of an exploration focus to be placed on the upcoming sequel, though we’ll have to wait and see when the game is fully announced.


Kingdom Hearts III

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

The next main installment to the Kingdom Hearts franchise is coming in 2019. Kingdom Hearts III will once again put players back into the shoes of Sora as he embarks on a journey to defeat evil with the help of Disney characters.

Much like the past installments, we anticipate there to be a bit of exploration within the worlds. Since it has been a few years since Kingdom Hearts II there is bound to be new worlds for players to wander within.

 


Resident Evil 2

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

Resident Evil 2 is receiving a proper remake from developers Capcom. The Resident Evil franchise in general has been one of the few series to really help pave the way for the survival horror genre. Likewise, the Resident Evil franchise, especially during the early years of the series, players were forced into exploring the world in order to progress.

This remake also looks incredibly stunning with the narrative still fully in-tact. However, there are some slight changes to help with controls. Rather than dealing with the “tank” control scheme that the game was originally known to have, Capcom has given it a more traditional third-person control feel. Likewise, the camera has been removed from stuck vantage points throughout the game to an over-the-should view.

 


The Division 2

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

The Division will have a sequel releasing in 2019. Within The Division 2 players will be taking on a new task just under a year after the events of the first installment. While the main threats that flooded throughout the first game have come to an end, a new fight is up against the agents of The Division. As The United States of America is seeking to get back up on its feet, corrupt government officials have begun to step on the civilians.

Strict rules and extreme punishments have started a new civil war as players fight to establish an order that is safe and just for all. We expect there to be a good amount of exploration to be had in this game from the gameplay footage showcased so far.

 


Dying Light 2

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

Dying Light 2 was unveiled during E3 2018 where the game showcased a new city location in Europe to explore. Zombies are still very much a problematic threat within the game with combat still based around gunplay and melee.

One of the new elements being tossed in this latest installment is that the game will feature choice-based mechanics. There will be a series of choices available for players to pick through with each decision there will be a consequence affecting gameplay and narrative.

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.

Players can expect the open world with vehicular combat as a result, there should be plenty of areas to explore and seek out. Unfortunately, the game was recently announced and as a result, few details have been released. We’ll continue to update this post when new information is released.


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 currently don’t have too many details regarding this upcoming third installment, but we do expect it to remain the same overall concept as the first two installments. Players will likely explore the map in search for collectibles, boss fights, and items in order to progress through the narrative.


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.

As mentioned, this game takes place after the events of Far Cry 5 so we expect returning players will have a feel of the location and surroundings but the development team may prove us wrong. Because the game is taking place years after the nuclear blast the landmasses have altered causing some locations to be inaccessible while other brand new locations with overgrowth taking control, we may end up having to explore a bit to find our way around. We’re certainly interested in taking up some old routes to check out past cities and town locations that may be completely altered or obliterated since we last saw them.


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.

We’re not sure just how big of a game The Outer Worlds is at the moment but with the trailer debut showing off space travel and seemingly new planets then there’s a good chance we’ll be exploring various parts of the galaxy. In the meantime, this is one game we’re closely keeping tabs on with hopes that it doesn’t get pushed back into 2020.


Journey To The Savage Planet

  • Developer: Typhoon Studios
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Journey To The Savage Planet is the first game from Typhoon Studios, a development team that consists of past industry veterans who have worked on such titles as Far Cry 4 and Batman: Arkham Origins. This title was introduced through The Game Awards 2018 show so we only have a brief bit of information about the game. From what we know so far, the game will put players into the role of an explorer who is sent off to a new alien world where you must determine if the planet is safe and suitable for life.

This game seems to take cues of Hello Games No Man’s Sky title where players are constantly searching and exploring their surroundings. Players will need to determine if the planet is safe but also explore for different creatures and likely floral life that has been thriving within the world. Unfortunately, it’s not clear just how large of a scale the exploration aspect will be in the game but we should know more in the coming months.


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