We’re slap bang in the middle of 2019’s great gaming inundation, with September bringing with it big titles such as Gears 5, Borderlands 3 and Code Vein. Dozens of releases are scheduled for the spooky month of October, so no matter your interests, the following month should offer experiences for all types of gaming interests. Let’s take a look at the biggest game releases of October 2019.
Shadowkeep is the first big expansion coming to Destiny 2 following Bungie’s split with publisher Activision. The new DLC, which is set to be as big as the original Destiny’s fourth expansion Rise of Iron, will feature new missions, a return to the Moon, new PvE and PvP locations, a completely altered armour system and a brand spanking new Raid. Shadowkeep might just be the ideal expansion to bring lapsed players back into the fight against the Darkness.
Warsaw – October 2nd
Developer: Pixelated Milk Publisher: gaming company Platform(s): PC
World War 2 might not be the first setting you’d think of for an RPG, but Warsaw is a tactical game unto itself. Set during the 1944 Polish Uprising, you control a squadron of combined Polish military and civilian forces as they attempt to push back the Nazi occupiers. With varied character classes, skills and a turn-based combat system that rewards strategy, Warsaw could be an October sleeper hit.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint – October 4th
Developer: Ubisoft Paris Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Ghost Recon’s latest instalment, Breakpoint, looks like it might actually improve upon the open world tactical co-op shooter of Wildlands. With the island of Aurora under siege by Cole D. Walker, played by Jon Bernthal, you control a small squad of Ghosts as they try to liberate the island from within. With more of an emphasis on survival and guerilla warfare, Breakpoint might just be a winner.
John Wick Hex – October 8th
Developer: Bithell Games Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment Platform(s): PC (via Epic Games Store)
Fortnite and Payday 2 might have allowed you to play as the world’s greatest hitman (sorry, Agent 47), but John Wick Hex might just be the first real opportunity we’ll have to actually feel like John Wick. With a unique, tactical approach that focuses on the time it takes to perform certain actions, Hex is an incredibly ambitious take on a known property.
Concrete Genie – October 8th
Developer: Pixelopus Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform(s): PS4
Quite possibly the most wholesome, feel-good release of October, Concrete Genie sees you standing up to bullies while restoring life to miserable, polluted town. From trailers and gameplay alone, Concrete Genie looks absolutely beautiful, with the ability to create your own artwork that can affect gameplay making for an experience unlike any other.
Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair – October 8th
Developer: Playtonic Games Publisher: Team17 Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1, NS
If you’re after something a little bit more retro, Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair will see the titular lizard and bat duo return in an all new experience that combines 2.5D platforming levels with a 3D overworld. While the first game aimed to replicate the magic of Banjo-Kazooie, The Impossible Lair looks more like Donkey Kong Country. Fingers crossed that Playtonic Games manage to knock it out of the park.
WWE 2K20 – October 22nd
Developer: Visual Concepts Publisher: 2K Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Yowie Wowie! It’s time for the annual WWE release, and WWE 2K20 might just be a turning point for the series, as it’s the first licensed WWE game in decades to be unaffiliated with the Japanese developers Yuke’s. Instead, 2K’s own Visual Concepts are helming to franchise, so it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes, but with a returning MyCareer, a Showcase mode based on the Four Horsewomen and more, WWE 2K20 should be in safe hands.
If you’ve been jonesing for a contemporary Call of Duty title that has boots on the bloody ground the entire time, Modern Warfare should be a return to form for you. The mixture of campaign, multiplayer and Special Ops co-op ensures something for everyone, and the waves of free post-launch content combined with cross-play means you can enjoy Modern Warfare with anyone, except for the Special Ops survival mode apparently. Oops.
The Outer Worlds – October 25th
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment Publisher: Private Division Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Obsidian Entertainment might just be the uncrowned rulers of the RPG genre, and The Outer Worlds looks like the game to prove it. A player choice-driven experience, you control a character who awakens in the Halcyon colony, a corrupt area ruled by an overseeing corporation. The decisions you make determine everything, from the success of certain factions down to what your character is afraid of. It’s ambitious, but hopefully it’s a Game of the Year contender.
Medievil – October 25th
Developer: Other Ocean Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform(s): PS4
Sir Daniel Fortesque is returning to the world of gaming with Medievil, a fully fledged remake of the 1998 PS1 classic in a similar vein to the likes Spyro Reignited or Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. As Sir Daniel, you have to hack and slash your way through an army of undead created by the evil sorcerer Zarok. With Spyro and Crash achieving incredible success, Medievil looks primed to be another big win for Sony.
Afterparty – October 29th
Developer: Night School Studio Publisher: Night School Studio Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Who’s ready to have one hell of a time in Afterparty? As best friends Milo and Lola, you’ve found yourself in Hell with no indication as to how you’ve found yourself in this situation. While this might sound like a hopeless situation, there is a chance for you to gain re-entry to the land of the living: drink Satan under the table and he’ll grant you safe passage. A narrative experience with a unique premise, Afterparty is worth keeping an eye on.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 – October 31st
Developer: Next Level Games Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): NS
There’s probably no better way to spend Halloween than to drive ghosts out of a haunted hotel in Luigi’s Mansion 3. Luckily, Nintendo has just such a plan in mind. With a host of new abilities and plenty of modes to sink your teeth into, Luigi’s Mansion 3 might just be the most content rich entry in the series. Time to prove once again that Luigi is just as capable at saving the day as his brother.
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