Top Upcoming Fighting Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in May of 2019.

2019 is here and if you enjoy the fighting genre then there are already some great titles that you will want to keep tabs on. We’re going to list out some of our most anticipated fighting video game titles launching this year below. Likewise, because the year is not over yet, we’ll continue to add on to this list when more video game titles are announced and updated with information. As a result, you will definitely want to keep this page bookmarked and check back often for future revisions.  With all that said, take a look at what fighting games we’re excited to play this year.

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Dead or Alive 6

  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo
  • Platforms: PC, XBO, PS4
  • Release: March 1, 2019

Dead or Alive 6 is making a debut in 2019. Apparently, from what the developers have stated so far, we can expect less focus on fan service and instead anticipate a true fighting game experience. Combat will be brutal and tweaked to deliver competitive gameplay where we will now get a slow-motion effect where fighters may show a close-up of powerful damaging moments in the game. We’re also getting for the first time ever in the franchise an option to customize the costume for various fighters. This will also be a perfect jumping point for newcomers to the franchise as developers have crafted up the gameplay to be more suitable to those who may not have played Dead or Alive title in the past.

Players will find that a total of twenty-six fighters will be in the roster when the game launches which will also include SNK guest fighters. Best of all Dead or Alive 6 will have a free-to-play option with core fighters much like how Dead or Alive 5 had when the title launched back in 2012.

Mortal Kombat 11

  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: April 23, 2019

Mortal Kombat is a staple to the fighting genre with so many titles flooding the market across generations of platforms. In a surprise reveal at The Game Awards 2018 we got our first announcement that developers over at NetherRealm Studios are working on the eleventh main installment to the Mortal Kombat franchise. We don’t know very much at all regarding this game other than what was shown off during the first reveal trailer.

Within the trailer, we saw Scorpion and Raiden battling and it looks like there will be some time element at play when a female character was shown next to a reverse flowing hourglass. For those who pre-order the game, you will receive access to Shao Kahn as a bonus character but we imagine that the developers have character packs readily available throughout the game’s launch serving as additional past Mortal Kombat characters to other franchise crossovers much like their previous release, Mortal Kombat X.

Granblue Fantasy Versus

  • Developer: Arc System Works
  • Publisher: Cygames
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2019 JP

Granblue Fantasy started off as mobile and browser-based video game. Overall, it was an RPG with turn-based combat and a slew of different characters which could be acquired by completing quests, side-stories and specialized events. That title released in 2014 and was a Japanese exclusive but now we’re getting a fighting title based around the characters from the franchise. So far we know that this will be a 2.5D fighter and it’s being developed under ArcSystem Works which have brought out plenty of successful fighting titles in the past. Unfortunately, it only has a Japanese release schedule for 2019 but we’re hoping that it does reach western markets as well.

Samurai Showdown

  • Developer: SNK Corporation
  • Publisher: SNK Corporation
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

SNK is a well-known developer who has done a few fighting titles in the past which you have played before. You know, video game franchises such as The King of Fighters, The Last Blade,  and Waku Waku. However, an old franchise is getting picked back up for players to enjoy this year. We’re referring to Samurai Spirits, a fighting series that takes players to feudal-era Japan where they must battle against their foe through the use of weapons. It’s a series that has been around since the 1990s and had a number of installments released since.

Unfortunately, the game franchise hasn’t been worked on in over ten years. The last main installment to the series was Samurai Shodown: Sen, a title that was released in 2008 for the Xbox 360. Now a new installment simply known as Samurai Spirits is making a return on current generation platforms. We know that the game will be using Unreal Engine 4 and players will find a few returnees such as Haohmaru, Nakoruru, Galford, Earthquake, and Tam Tam. However, there weren’t too many details released as of yet on what players can expect with this upcoming installment. Likewise, there’s only a slated release window of 2019 so as it stands right now, this game is still very much a mystery.

Jump Force

  • Developer: Spike Chunsoft
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: February 15, 2019

If you’re looking for a new fighting game then we suggest checking out Jump Force. This is a brand new video game title from developers Spike Chunsoft that seems to be tapping into all sorts of popular franchises. Players can so far expect to see a few familiar faces.Some of the franchises that will be added into the mix are Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, and Death Note. The premise will be based around a new evil that has blurred the lines between these franchise worlds. However, the game narrative itself is not the most thrilling story we’ve ever come across. It more or less takes a backseat to thee combat which is what the game is about anyways. If you want to hear our thoughts about the game then we suggest going through our Before You Buy upload posted up above.

Kill la Kill The Game: IF

  • Developer: APLUS
  • Publisher: ARC System Works
  • Platforms: PS4, NS, PC
  • Release: 2019

If you enjoy the anime series, Kill la Kill then you won’t want to miss out on its upcoming video game, Kill la Kill The Game: IF. The title is being developed under Aplus who has previously brought out Little Witch Academy: Chamber of Time, River City: Rival Showdown and A.W.: Phoenix Festa. Likewise, the publisher who is help bringing the game out, ARC System Works is well-known for fighting titles with the BlazBlue series along with the recently successful Dragon Ball FighterZ. So far we know that Kill la Kill The Game: IF will contain an arena battle style of gameplay and it will apparently help flesh out the anime story in areas that have since been kept secret to fans.  Unfortunately, that’s all the information we were given out yet as the title has been pretty undercover regarding what all gamers can expect. So far, Kill la Kill The Game: IF doesn’t seem to be releasing on the Xbox One platform but you can still pick it up on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC sometime this year.

Shovel Knight Showdown

  • Developer: Yacht Club Games
  • Publisher: Yacht Club Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: April 9, 2019

While not a standalone title, Shovel Knight Showdown is an upcoming expansion coming to Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, the complete edition of Shovel Knight. Developers Yacht Club Games managed to release a massive video game hit with the 8-bit style platformer and it’s finally getting its fighting expansion focused release this year. The expansion is adding a battle mode to the game with three game modes for players to enjoy. You’ll have your standard game mode where the last man standing is considered the winner at the end of the round along with a game mode that’s all about grabbing as much loot as possible during battles.

There are a total of sixteen characters being tossed into the game including Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, Propeller Knight, Treasure Knight, Goldarmor, and Reize Seatlan, basically the various heroes and villains from the game. Shovel Knight Showdown modes will also support up to four players which would make it great to face against friends otherwise you can add in AI opponents.  It’s worth pointing out, however, that the multiplayer supported is local only which means you’re out of luck if you wanted to jump online for some multiplayer action. Also, if you don’t own Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which you should it’s a great game, you can still expect this title to release as a standalone game as well.

Fantasy Strike

  • Developer: Sirlin Games
  • Publisher: Sirlin Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Fantasy Strike is already a video game title you may have tried out as it’s been around since 2017 through only as a an early access game. Developed under indie game developers, Sirlin Games, Fantasy Strike is intended to be a fun experience for those who may not have picked up fighting games in the past. You’re getting characters who are unique to the game and have their own various classes and techniques but it won’t be a complex title to figure out. If you dislike figuring out the button combinations to perform and execute a specific move then Fantasy Strike’s mechanics may be more intriguing with a simple one to two button combinations. As mentioned, the game has already been out into the market on Steam through early access and it’s been pretty well-received by gamers. As it stands, the title is slated to launch sometime within the first quarter of this year and with it, the developers are bringing in a new single-player focused content.