Top Upcoming Strategy Video Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in March of 2019.

2019 is officially here and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top strategy video games launching this year.


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Gears Tactics

  • Developer: The Coalition
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Gears Tactics is one of those games that got a brief reveal in E3 2018 and since then we’ve really been waiting to hear more. The Gears franchise, in general, is rather big and quite known since it was released originally on the Xbox 360. Now years later we’re moving up to our fifth main installment to the game series with Gears Tactics being a tactical strategy title.

Again, details are still scarce and we’re waiting to hear more information hopefully during E3 of this year. However, what is known so far is that the game will take place twelve years prior to Gears of War with a new squad.


Fire Emblem: Three Houses

  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

During Nintendo’s E3 2018 Nintendo Direct video upload we received the announcement of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t get into any details regarding the game outside of a small trailer which showcases a brutal war. Players will follow Byleth, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude in a new tactical RPG journey but for now, we’ll have to wait until more details are announced for the game.


Xenonauts 2

  • Developer: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Publisher: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Fans of Xenonauts can enjoy even more turn-based tactical gameplay with the upcoming sequel. This time around, the game will take place in an alternate history timeline set within the Cold War. Because of the new setting, this upcoming sequel will not include any advanced alien technology. While the game does not have any specific release date attached quite yet, a demo is available through Gog.com. Within the demo, players will be able to try an early pre-alpha build of the game to give a slight look at the upcoming game which is still expected to launch within the year.


Age of Empires 4

  • Developer: Relic Entertainment
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBD

Age of Empires is finally back after over a decade wait since the release of Age of Empires 3. Unfortunately, not too many details were released by Relic Entertainment and from the footage so far shown to promote the game, it appears that we will see a wide variety of territories along with eras. It’s worth noting that alongside Age of Empires 4, both Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 3 are in development so it seems that gamers will definitely get their fill of the franchise hopefully within the year. Currently, the game doesn’t have a release date yet and with the slim amount of news released for the upcoming fourth installment, we expect that we’ll hear plenty more about the game before it actually hits the market.


Tropico 6

  • Developer: Limbic Entertainment
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Tropico series is well-known with the sixth main installment launching at some point this year. Players will handle the role of a political president that must bring his country through the hard times it’s currently in. With social unrest and a turmoil over the political outlook, maintaining order and bringing the country together will bring players a challenging task as they attempt to win the citizen’s favor. We know that players will be taking the role of El Presidente within the Caribbean island nation of Tropico where players will control the lands over the course of four eras. One of the new elements being introduced to the franchise is controlling an archipelago of islands where players can build bridges and connect the islands together. Likewise, AI will be tweaked even further which means that if players make a decision that is unfavorable to the citizens then that may cause a shift in productivity to even dealing with revolts.


Warcraft III: Reforged

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment, Classic Games, Lemon Sky Studios
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos released back in 2002 and now for fans who enjoyed the game when it initially released will get a chance to replay a newly revamped edition. This is a classic strategy title which is coming out in 2019 that will bring not only a visual improvement to the base game but also the expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. This title is in good hands as its being taken care of by the team who put out StarCraft: Remastered and while the developers are looking to bring out a visually pleasing title, they will also bring out some new improvements. For instance, we know some mechanics and AI will be tweaked and that players can even expect new enemies. Likewise, there may also be a push to further connect the Warcraft franchise together with this title release which may be an undertaking due to the wide range of books and video game titles.


Civilization 6: Gathering Storm

  • Developer: Firaxis Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: February 14, 2019

If you already own a copy of Civilization VI then you may want to take note of the upcoming second expansion pack known as Gathering Storm. This expansion will be adding an assortment of features, leaders, wonders, and civilizations. A  big focus with this expansion is all about weather elements being introduced to the game and as a result, players will have to deal with the various issues that will come up from it. For instance, players will soon have to plan for potential volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, to even droughts. All of these will play a role in how the game will play out for the last eras. However, as mentioned, there are some other notable elements being added into the game such as a new overhaul to diplomacy along to a variety of small little tweaks to the already established mechanics.

For those who are after more leaders, you’ll find that Gathering Storm will include a total of nine new characters with eight brand new civilizations. These will also come with two new scenarios which will deal with The Black Death pandemic and the WWI German-French conflict in Belgium. Currently, this game is slated to release on February 14, 2019.


Total War: Three Kingdoms

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms; PC
  • Release: March 7, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms will mark the twelfth installment to the Total War franchise which is set to take place in 190 AD. The game will follow the Han dynasty when a new warlord has begun to manipulate the emperor. Much like the past installments, this is a turn-based strategy title where players are controlling a faction that must unify China. In order to do so, players will have to battle and take out the opposing factions while commanding troops and units. This game is also said to come with two game modes where one will allow players an overall easier time to manage their faction and going across China to take out enemies. However, developers Creative Assembly has included a more difficult mode to give players an extra challenge.


Phoenix Point

  • Developer: Snapshot Games
  • Publisher: Snapshot Games
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: June 2019

Set to be an X-COM series spiritual successor, Phoenix Point is a turn-based tactics strategy video game with heavy inspirations from the Lovecraft works. Players will be fighting off an alien invasion while at first only having control of a lone base known as Phoenix Point. Set in the not so distant future, humanity becomes under attack after the discovery of an extraterrestrial virus and over the course of the game, you’ll find that these viruses are able to cause the aliens to mutate. If you enjoy the strategic style gameplay from X-COM along with classic Lovecraft style horror then this is one game you won’t want to miss out on. Currently, the title is set to release within June of this year.


The Settlers 2019

  • Developer: Blue Byte
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Ubisoft with the creator of the original entry to the franchise is back with a new installment to The Settlers. This is a strategy title that will play out similar to the eight past previous titles but with overall improvements to the visuals and mechanics. For instance, everything will play out in real-time which means you could watch your settlers work on an individual item from start to finish such as cutting down a tree and bringing to a storehouse. Visually, this installment looks to be more catered to making the world feel more alive while players can also expect plenty of action-packed battles when opposing factions come around.