Top Upcoming Open World Video Games Of 2019

Note: This article was updated in March of 2019.

Are you searching for some great open world titles that are slated to launch in 2019? Look no further as we have compiled the best upcoming open world games for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch platforms.

Keep this list bookmarked as we’ll continue to update this article when new exciting games are announced or further information is released for a particular game listed below. Without further ado, here are our picks for the top upcoming open world video games of 2019.


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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 we are once again tossed into the zombie apocalyptic world and forced to fight for survival. Players will be in a new city location where factions are at a constant battle to retain control of the area. However, the developers are giving players more freedom as they can choose to go down a variety of pathways though they will all have their own particular consequences.

Just as before, this is an open world game that will allow players to traverse freely. However, you’ll have to battle the undead if you choose to leave beyond the city walls. Set fifteen years after the events of the original title, Dying Light 2 will still retain the same hostile zombie creatures though they will continue to be lethargic during the day and more aggressive at night.


Pokemon Sword & Shield

  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

The Pokemon franchise is long-running and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. After mainly being an RPG series that stayed with Nintendo’s line of handheld devices, Game Freak is bringing out the first new main entry to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Currently, the two installments are known as Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield which will take place in the Galar region. This region is filled with a variety of landscapes and landmarks. While we’re still waiting to hear about the new features that will come with the game, players who are familiar with the previous installments will find that the beginning section of the game will have a choice presented before the journey really begins. Pokemon Sword & Shield will have players deciding which starter to take which are the grass-type Grookey, fire-type Scorbunny, and lastly, the water-type Sobble.

While not fully open world at the start, most Pokemon video games offer the ability to freely explore and return to previously visited areas. So far the map looks to be rather big and as mentioned, there are plenty of areas full of landmarks along with landscapes to explore.


Crackdown 3

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

The third installment to the Crackdown franchise was first announced to the masses in 2014. Since then, we’ve been waiting for the game to finally release into the market. Now that the game is confirmed to launch in 2019, we’re slowly coming to the final stretch before we can pick our very own copy up from store shelves.

Within Crackdown 3, the narrative will take place ten years after the events of Crackdown 2. A new terrorist organization has shaken things up again as they killed off the power for the entire world. Now players will have to explore and hunt down the terrorist group while stepping into the shoes of a member within the agency.

This is an action-adventure sandbox title where players can cause massive destruction across the city structures as they take on the terrorists or duke it out with online multiplayer game modes.


Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2

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

This upcoming installment to The Division is slated to follow the events of the first title. The Division 2 takes place just a few months shy from a full year after the first title where there is a new primal enemy focus. As The United States of America begins to get back on their feet from the viral outbreak that plagued the first installment, the government has started to unleash harsh laws.

Innocent civilians are being slaughtered leaving daily life to be a difficult struggle. Players will be taking on the role of an agent within The Division as they start a new civil war. The game was announced during E3 2018 so we’re still waiting on some of the finer details for the game. However, the developers will apparently offer a much bigger open world experience. Instead of the enclosed feeling of the city streets that flooded the first game, The Division 2 will feature large open spaces as you explore and complete missions.


Anthem

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

Anthem, the upcoming video game IP from BioWare, was originally slated to launch in 2018. However, that quickly changed when the game was ultimately pushed back for a 2019 release. This is a science fiction style RPG where humanity has begun to colonize other planets. But, within these planets are harsh environments and creatures.

Players will take on the role of a Freelancer, an elite task force member that can explore the open world. However, in order to do so, Freelancer’s will require the use of a Javelin. These are specialized suits that are capable of traversing the world at great speeds along with combat-equipped weapons to fight against any hostile creatures that you may come across.

However, you don’t have to explore and fight off the various monsters by yourself. BioWare is developing Anthem to be a cooperative gameplay experience where up to four players can work together.


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.


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.

One of the issues that Rage dealt with was not being a real open world video game. Instead, the title loaded into different sections of the game which is something that were being worked on for this upcoming sequel. Players can expect a real open world experience where everything is available with missions also being more open and less of a linear gameplay experience. Of course we have only seen a small portion of the game so far but it looks like the engine and development team working on Rage 2 is seeking a true open world experience for players.


The Surge 2

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

Deck 13 Interactive is releasing a sequel to their The Surge franchise that came out back in 2017. The video game was an action role-playing hit as the game was set in the future where most of the world’s resources had been consumed. Humanity has begun to use augmentations, mixing flesh with metal advancements to help them in their daily activities.

Players can expect the sequel to follow the events of the first title though they will be going through the game as a new protagonist. While we don’t know too much about the game yet, we do know that the setting will be taking place in a city and that levels will be a more open world. While the game is not a totally open world, developers are making the levels more open for exploration.


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.

We’re not sure just yet how large of an open world Biomutant is nor do we have details on how much of the open world is available at the start without progressing through the narrative. Originally the game was set to release in 2018 but has since been pushed back until summer of 2019.


Judge Eyes

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

Sega has been teasing a new IP for a while now stating that the developers who were behind the popular Yakuza series have been working on a brand new IP. This project has apparently been in the works for over three years but we’re only just now getting a look at the game. Gamers can expect Judge Eyes to release next year.

There are still plenty of details that Sega is holding away from the public at the moment but during a PlayStation Lineup Tour event, Sega unveiled Judge Eyes. The game follows a lawyer who is seeking out clues in order to get at the bottom of a crime. Being that this is the development team who was also responsible for bringing out the Yakuza series, you can expect a similar combat system.

Similar to the Yakuza franchise, this game will also take place in an open world environment as you dig into the mystery while fighting off any thugs that get in your way. We only saw a few trailers regarding the game and it doesn’t have a specific release date attached quite yet. As a result, we’re not entirely sure just how large of a world players will be able to explore within.


Shenmue 3

  • 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.

We know that the open world aspect of Shenmue 3 will feature villages across China which sets players up with an important narrative journey connecting to Ryo’s father. Likewise, it’s worth noting that during the start of Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter, developers have made mention of making an immersive open world experience with $10 million being key to include all of the features they had in mind. While the development studio didn’t acquire the full $10 million, they did receive a little over $7 million which should still bring a pretty compelling open world video game.


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 previously mentioned, this game takes place years after the events of Far Cry 5 which means that if you played the game then you’ll be a bit familiar with the surroundings. However, it has been noted before that because the Far Cry 5 installment ended in a nuclear blast, there will be new areas formed to explore along with past locations inaccessible. This could also mean a leg up on how to get around the in-game world which was already rather large to begin with but until we see the official map, it’s tough to say just how much has changed.


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 don’t know just how big of a world this game will contain but it does look like there will be some space travel within the initial trailer so perhaps we may be exploring multiple world locations. Likewise, Obsidian Entertainment is tapping into the fan base that enjoyed Fallout: New Vegas which is another franchise that heavily relied on gamers going out and exploring their surroundings so it’s a pretty safe bet that this open world RPG will be rather large. At any rate, you can check out the first trailer for the game posted right above.