Top Upcoming Exploration Video Games of 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.

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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