The 30 Biggest Video Game Franchises Returning In 2019

We’re still very early into the 2019 year and so many of our favorite franchises are making a return. In this article, we’re going to showcase some of the more anticipated video games launching from a beloved franchise this year. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be more. New game announcements are still coming out and we’ve got expos lined up such as E3 2019 that will definitely bring out new video game announcements and information. Without further ado, take a look at some of the biggest video game franchises making their appearance later this year. Take note that these games are not ranked in any particular order.

#30 Doom Eternal

When Doom first got its reboot in 2016, the game became a massive hit. Players were once again thrown into the shoes of Doom Guy as he battles demons in Hell. The game was over-the-top action packed and made it seem that the protagonist could handle any demon that came his way. Now thanks to the Bethesda E3 2019 press conference we know that a sequel is in the works.

The video game will follow the events of the first title where it seems that Hell has arrived on Earth. Doom Guy will once again have to blast away countless demons in order to save humanity from the brink of destruction. Gameplay has shown the protagonist fighting off a slew of demonic monsters that have ran rampant across the city. There doesn’t seem to be really any significant change to the gameplay mechanics from the Doom reboot so we fully expect the same over-the-top action-packed and intense quality of gameplay to show up for the sequel.

#29 Animal Crossing

During the September 2018 Nintendo Direct the video game industry giant unveiled a few 3DS and Nintendo Switch video games that were in the works for 2019. However, like other Nintendo Directs, the company unveiled one final game in a short tease leaving us wondering as to what we can expect for another presentation at a later date.

The final tease during the Nintendo Direct was the unveiling of a new Animal Crossing video game which will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Unfortunately, as mentioned, Nintendo didn’t unveil any new information other than that the development studio is actively working on a brand new Animal Crossing installment for the Nintendo Switch.

#28 Age of Empires 4

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.

#27 Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 will once again put players into the shoes of an agent who must fight back a terrorist organization. After years have passed since the events of Crackdown 2, a new terrorist group has successfully killed off the power for the entire world. One of the big focuses for the development teams working on the project was a highly destructible map. As a result, players can expect some action-packed and chaotic battle sequences.

#26 Borderlands 3

It’s been years since we got a main installment but it looks like Borderlands 3 is coming out later this year. We’ve only received one trailer so far but within it we know that there will be new vault hunters,, modes, and just like before, we’ll also get cooperative gameplay. News is still a bit scarce from developers Gearbox Software but we imagine that this title will get a proper spotlight during this year’s big E3 expo.

#25 Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5 is one of the few titles currently out right now for the spring releases. This title puts players into the shoes of a few different characters such as Nero who was present in Devil May Cry 4 and we have to say the game is very fluid with its combat, much like the previous installments. In terms of the narrative, the game picks up after the events of Devil May Cry 4 which follows Nero, Dante and a new character named V as the have to deal with a new powerful demonic invasion. We won’t spoil too much here and we suggest checking out our Before You Buy episode upload on the game posted above.

#24 Dragon Quest: Builders 2

Dragon Quest Builders is a sandbox action RPG that’s set within the world of Alefgard. This is a more lighthearted adventure with similar visuals to titles such as Minecraft and Terraria. In the narrative, players are off to revive the world which has been flooded with monsters, however, in order to rebuild the world players must also seek out and manage resources.

The video game doesn’t feature a complex combat system like the main installments within the franchise. Furthermore, the title has since already launch on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita platforms whereas the PlayStation 3 version of the game remains a Japanese exclusive. It was only until this past year that Nintendo Switch owners were able to get a copy of this game but it looks like this won’t be the last installment to the Builder series of Dragon Quest. A sequel is currently in the works and its slated to launch within July of this year.

#23 Dying Light 2

The sequel to Dying Light is launching in 2019. Once again, players will be fighting against a horde of undead with stronger enemies lurking out at night. One of the new elements that the game will be bringing to the table is the narrative journey.

This time around, within Dying Light 2 players will have some control on the story. Missions will give players more freedom in choice likewise there are dialogue options which can drastically alter your protagonist’s journey and gameplay.

#22  Gears of War 5

Gears of War 5, which is also known simply as Gears 5, will follow a female protagonist Kait Diaz. So far what we know about the game is that the story will follow Kait as she embarks away from COG, or known as The Coalition of Ordered Governments Army. Apparently, within the game, Kait has been dealing with visions that may take her journey to showcase truth behind the origins of the Locust. Gameplay seems to be inline with the past installments. Players will be going through cover-based combat while also sawing through hostilities.

#21 Halo: Infinite

We really can’t go into too much detail about Halo: Infinite as there hasn’t been really any information released so far about the game. This will be the next major installment to the Halo franchise which will continue the story for Master Chief. A small teaser was released during E3 2018 and since then the development team over at 343 Industries have yet to give any information regarding just what gamers can expect. Instead, players should prepare for more Master Chief and perhaps another encounter against Cortana but that’s purely speculative. At any rate, after coming off Halo 5: Guardians, a game that wasn’t as well-received in comparison to past installments, it will be interesting to see just what 343 Industries brings to the table next to sway gamers back to the long-running franchise.

#20 Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts III finally came out into the marketplace in 2019. The game was highly anticipated as Square Enix took years to bring out the third installment. Of course, this game franchise is known for a complex narrative thanks to the side story game releases, but you will get a good recap of what you need to know if you jump right into the third installment. Regardless, this single player video game follows Sora and his gang as he embarks on a journey that takes him to a wide range of Disney themed worlds such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story, and Frozen. Overall, the game will have players collecting keyblades and stopping the heartless and bringing back a peaceful state. If you enjoy action RPG titles then this is one game you should consider picking up.

#19 The Last of Us: Part 2

In 2013, if you didn’t already own a PlayStation 3, Naughty Dog gave you a reason to pick one up. The Last of Us released to become a massive hit and won countless awards. In fact, just a year later, the game received a remastered edition for the PlayStation 4.

Overall, without spoiling too much of the narrative, The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game. Most of the world has been turned into a fungus-like zombie while players predominantly took control of an older man named Joel. Throughout the game, Joel is traveling across the country to protect and deliver a young girl named Ellie to a government opposing group.

For fans who have been eagerly awaiting a chance to revisit the world and our protagonists again, it looks like we may get that opportunity in 2019. Little information has been released regarding the upcoming game, though we do know that this title will see a return in both Joel and Ellie along with a time jump of five years.

#18 The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

In a surprise announcement from Nintendo during the February Nintendo Direct upload, gamers were unveiled that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will make a return. After years of waiting Nintendo is currently remaking the title for the Nintendo Switch and it already has a few brief gameplay footage tidbits in the announcement trailer. We see that Nintendo is keeping with the top-down view with a more cartoonish visual aesthetic. Likewise, there are liked some new gameplay mechanics and adjustments to suit the Nintendo Switch power when compared to the original Game Boy release. Regardless, the title didn’t get too many details in regards to what gamers can expect but we do know that Nintendo is hoping to bring the game out sometime this year.

#17 Luigi’s Manson 3

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’re likely going to see some type of Joy-Con motion controller gameplay featured within the game but again, at this point, we’re simply speculating as to what we can expect from the upcoming installment.

#16 Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart is a long-running series and it’s not something that would be unfamiliar to you. This kart racer takes a series of characters from the Mario franchise and pins them against each other in a series of track races full of power-ups and weapons. This series has been exclusive to Nintendo’s platform release however that is soon changing as its one of the game series of Nintendo’s that will be launching on both iOS and Android.

This game is slated to launch within the Summer of 2019 and we haven’t actually received any footage or gameplay for this title. Instead, we only know that the game will be free-to-start much like Super Mario Run.

#15 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

It’s been a number of years now since we have received a new installment to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance video game franchise but during The Game Awards 2018 we were surprised by the third installment announcement. Though what may be most surprising is that this upcoming video game will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Regardless, the upcoming title will take place after the events of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 with the main antagonist duo being Galactus and Thanos. We’re still relatively left in the dark as to what all we can expect from the game, but we do know that Marvel’s heroes along with The Masters of Evil are in a grand battle against Galactus in order to save earth.

#14  Metro Exodus

In Metro Exodus game players will be going through the world after a nuclear war leaving most everywhere in shambles. Likewise, players will still be dealing with a wide variety of hostilities such as the creatures that lurk about. Within the game, you will be stepping into the shoes of Artyom following the events of Metro: Last Light. Artyom is seeking to travel east in order to start a new life though the journey to achieve this new life will span across a year. The Metro series is not one to really be a big triple AAA release but this installment felt the most visually and fine-tuned. The game also has plenty of exciting environments to explore and moments that will have you on the edge of your seat. Take a look of our Before You Buy video upload posted above to see some of the gameplay in action along with some more pros, cons and personal opinions.

#13 Mortal Kombat 11

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.

#12 Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the sequel to the 2015 release, Ori, and the Blind Forest. Within the game, players will take on the role of Ori who is the white guardian spirit. Much like the last installment, this is a platform style video game in which players must complete a series of puzzles in order to progress. As you progress, new abilities will be unlocked for players to use which also acts as mean to reach previously unobtainable areas.

#11  Pokemon Sword & Shield

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.

#10 Rage 2

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.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see what information is slowly unveiled for this upcoming title but it already has us interested in checking the game out when it launches.

#9 Resident Evil 2

Capcom was one of the development studios who helped paved the way for the survival horror genre with their release of Resident Evil. That franchise has grown to become a hit in video games, films and novels. However, if you’re looking to get back into the series roots then you may be struggling.

While certain titles within the franchise have gone on to receive their own HD remakes and overhauls, other titles like Resident Evil 2 has been left alone. That was until Capcom unveiled that Resident Evil 2 would see a high-definition remake of the game which will greatly improve visuals and gameplay mechanics since its initial 1998 release.

The game takes place just months after the events of the original Resident Evil video game where players are taking control of Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield who must escape Raccoon City. Likewise, this is an early title release of the Resident Evil franchise, making it more of a survival horror title with a focus on carefully executing tasks, hostile creatures and puzzle solving.

#8 Shenmue III

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.

#7 Shin Megami Tensei V

The Shin Megami Tensei series will see its fifth installment soon on the Nintendo Switch. There are not too many details released for the game so far and it may not even launch within the 2019 release cycle. However, the franchise has a strong following and developers Atlus are hard at work in delivering a game that will be appealing to play on the home console setup along with the portability of the Nintendo Switch.

While Atlus are currently in development for the game, Kazuyuki Yamai, the producer behind Shin Megami Tensei V has previously stated that there will be more attention to developing demons this time around. We’re hoping that the game will make an appearance in the near future.

#6 Streets of Rage 4

This may date a few people here but Streets of Rage was a fantastic franchise by Sega. Known now as a classic beat ‘em up title there is no doubt that there were plenty of gamers hoping for a fourth installment, but after the third main entry released in 1994, we’ve been in limbo as to if this series would ever continue on. Over the years there have been rumors of a new installment, remake to even fans attempting to bring out an installment. Fast forward to this year where the fourth main installment is slated to launch.

Aesthetically the game is a bit different with a more cartoonish art style, but for the most part, this is the same beat ‘em up style game that most of us enjoyed on the Sega Genesis. So far the small bit of gameplay footage we’ve received only focuses on Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding as they take out the thugs and scum from the city. So far no plot has been given out yet but we do know the story will take place a decade after the events of Streets of Rage 3.

#5 Super Mario Maker 2

After previously getting its start on the last generation Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, Nintendo was proud to announce a much-desired sequel to Super Mario Maker. The announcement came during February’s Nintendo Direct where we got a look at the new setup and tools that players will have access to when creating custom Super Mario levels. This trailer didn’t get into the fine details as to what all has changed but Nintendo did confirm that there will be a few new features along with elements for the title when it’s set to release in June of this year.  For those of you who may not be aware of what Super Mario Maker was we’ll give a quick recap. Super Mario Maker is a video game in which players are given the tools to create their own custom Super Mario levels.

Outside of being able to customize how the level plays out with various enemies and obstacles, players could tweak the assets and visuals from the variety of Super Mario video game titles. Now with a sequel underway and a popular handheld console hybrid, we imagine that there will be a very active community of players who will deliver unique Mario levels online for others to enjoy.

#4 Team Sonic Racing

Nintendo really set the bar high when it comes to kart racers thanks to the Mario Kart franchise. While Nintendo is doing well with their exclusive franchise, Sega has opened up the Sonic Racing series from the start in 2010 with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Essentially, this is very similar to the Mario Kart gameplay but instead of Mario and the cast of Nintendo characters, you’ll be trading them off for a cast from Sega’s line of video game titles along with tracks designed around their various IPs. This upcoming title will be similar to the previous two installments though developers, Sumo Digital, are hoping it stands out enough to be its own title when it launches into the market later this year.

One of the ways that Sumo Digital is making Team Sonic Racing different compared to previous installments is that they are dropping out all IPs outside of Sonic. Instead, the installment will solely be based around Sonic, the cast of characters within it, and likely memorable courses made from the franchise. Whether dropping the rest of the Sega line of IPs from the title will hurt the number of units sold for the game remains to be seen.

#3 The Surge 2

Development studio, Deck13, has been around since 2002 with some of their latest titles being 2014’s Lords of the Fallen and 2017’s The Surge. The latter of the two will be seeing a sequel sometime in 2019 with publishers Focus Home Interactive.

The Surge was a science fiction action RPG which takes place in the future where humanity has used up the various world resources. As a result, humanity becomes strained with most seeking use of technological advances to maintain their daily lives.

Mimicking the Souls series, The Surge franchise is aimed to be a difficult RPG with players encouraged to upgrade their exoskeleton suit for battles. So far, we know that this upcoming sequel will take place in a brand new city environment with larger level designs and a tweaked combat mechanic to offer more tactical strategy.

#2 Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2

The Division 2 takes place just a few months before a year after the events of the first installment. Instead of ridding The United States of America with a disease and terrorism, agents within The Division are forced into battle the government. Much of the nation has been cleared which resulted in the government groups to rise and set up strict rules.

Now with innocent civilians dealing with uncertain futures, The Division must start a new civil war. Already there is future DLC planned for the game with the first year promising three expansion packs which add story and activities. During E3 2018 it was confirmed that everyone who purchases a copy of the game will receive the DLC packs completely free.

#1 Wolfenstein: Youngblood

A new Wolfenstein game is in the works with the title set during the 1980s. Instead of following the past main protagonist BJ, Wolfenstein: Youngblood will center around the protagonist’s twin daughters who will be fighting against the Nazi regime. While there haven’t been too many details about the game released into the public quite yet, we do know that the game will feature cooperative gameplay.