Top Upcoming Exploration Video Games of 2019

  • 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 received 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.