With more and more games seemingly being released each year, it’s also getting harder and harder to put together a complete guide like this. For our rundown of the biggest new games of 2019, we’ve already surpassed the depth of its 2018 equivalent.
2019 brings with it a whole host of new games that are sure to scratch whatever itch you may have. From long delayed games finally getting their chance in the spotlight to brand new IPs with the marketing budget of the GDP of Burkina Faso, there’s plenty to get excited about.
We’re dividing our guide to the new games of 2019 into each month of the year and will be adding to it whenever a new game is announced for the year. Likewise, if a game is delayed we will also move it around in the release schedule. We are also focusing specifically on new games only, so no remasters. For all games due in 2019 without a specific release date, we’ll be adding it to the TBC section.
Want to explore a particular month for the biggest new games of 2019? Use our handy index below:
The long-awaited follow-up to the Kingdom Hearts series finally lands early next year, a few days in Japan before everywhere else. What’s a tiny bit more waiting going to do to dissuade Kingdom Hearts after all this time, though? Kingdom Hearts 3 looks like the most ambitious entry in the series to date, until Kingdom Hearts 3.2: Jazz Quartet Inferno, of course.
“Despite its flaws, Kingdom Hearts 3 provides a more than fitting ending to Sora’s chapter and its presentation will leave a lasting impression on long-time fans. With careful lessons learned from its past, Kingdom Hearts’ future has never been so bright.”
It would have been easy for Capcom to half-ass their long-gestating Resident Evil 2 remake. Not the case: it appears as if they’re going all out on this one. Featuring modern controls and visuals, the re-imagining of the classic will show limb degradation in all its visceral glory, as well as some new areas not shown in the original. If it’s half as excellent as the Gamecube remake of the first game, itself one of the best horror games ever, Resident Evil 2 should be just fine.
“Resident Evil 2 is, quite simply, one of the best remakes of all-time. Capcom have nailed their new vision of a classic just like they did back in 2002 by modernising a decades old game to feel like something completely fresh. Whether you want to take a trip down memory lane or are just experiencing the disconcerting decadence of the police station for the first time, Resident Evil 2 is the first essential purchase of 2019.”
Other notable January 2019 video game release dates: – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey (3DS) – January 11th – Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – January 11th – New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Switch) – January 11th – TWD: The Final Season Episode 3 (PC, PS4, XB1) – January 15th – Onimusha: Warlords (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – January 15th – Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4, XB1) – January 18th – Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch) – January 18th
Developer: Respawn Entertainment Publisher:EA Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Announced one minute and then out the next, it’s fair to say that Apex Legends has already become one of the biggest new games of 2019. A free-to-play battle royale that mixes genres to feel like something that has never really been so far, it’s been a revelation and one of the most addictive games in recent memory. As long as it gets the support and updates it needs, it has a very bright future ahead of it.
“Even the most jaded of battle royale fans will find their interest rejuvenated by Apex Legends thanks to Respawn’s attention to detail, superior gunplay, and fantastic innovations, though the loot boxes and progression system certainly need addressing.”
Shonen Jump games have never reach a massive audience in the West, but thanks to the success of the likes of Dragon Ball FighterZ (and also everyone now being an anime fan), Jump Force could for the niche what World did for Monster Hunter. Packed with iconic heroes and tantalising match-ups, Jump Force brings the big guns from the likes of DBZ, Naruto, One Piece, and more.
“Jump Force, ultimately, is a title that doesn’t do much to sway non-anime fans and will leave its faithful needing more, with its slow story pacing, uninspired combat and plenty of technical issues meaning its true potential may never be realised.”
Crackdown 3 | February 15th, 2019
Developer: Sumo Digital Publisher:Microsoft Studios Platform(s): PC, XB1
Crackdown 3 has been in the works for a long time, so long in fact that it will almost be a shock to see it hitting shelves. The Xbox One console exclusive features the destruction that previous games were beloved for on a bigger scale than ever before and also a larger scale. Good things come to those who wait, so perhaps Crackdown fans will be in for a surprising treat.
“Though there are moments here that’ll bring a smile to your face, Crackdown 3 is crammed with ideas and game design choices that were done better over a decade ago. Just play the original game and wash your hands of this version.”
Going to head-to-head with Crackdown 3 (and apparently ninety other post-apocalyptic shooters in 2019) is Far Cry New Dawn: a continuation from the events of Far Cry 5. Featuring a style that’s very difficult to disassociate with Rage 2 and a seemingly large emphasis on online play, this one’s absolutely bound to divide opinions next year — and not just because of its cover art.
“Far Cry New Dawn is an interesting experiment for the franchise. While it borrows some mechanics from the Ubisoft family that feel out of place and suffers from frustrating padding, the core Far Cry experience might be enough to tide you over once it finally gets going.”
Metro Exodus | February 15th, 2019
Developer: 4A Games Publisher:Deep Silver Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Is it now time for Metro to come crawling out of the sewers and become more than a cult franchise? Judging from Exodus, 4A Games are certainly trying to make that happen. Thanks to some gorgeous visuals, hand-crafted weapons, and a whole host of ugly things to make dead, Metro Exodus might just do enough to stand out against another post-apocalyptic shooter releasing on the same day, though it has already gone gold.
Note: originally scheduled to release on February 22nd.
“The conclusion to Artyom’s journey has the best gameplay and most compelling story of the series, on top of incredible visual and audio presentation. It retains the series’ simplistic stealth system and falters with control, writing and dialogue issues, but even so, Metro Exodus is an odyssey worth undertaking.”
Anthem | February 22nd, 2019
Developer: BioWare Publisher: EA Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
It’ll be almost impossible for Anthem to fail, what with the amount of money that’s being pumped into marketing it. An open-world third-person shooter with emphasis on teamwork, BioWare’s expansive new game feels like direct competition to the likes of Destiny and The Division. We’ll wait for some more unscripted gameplay before making a call on this one, though the traversal does look pretty cool.
Trials Rising is going to have to do some pretty spectacular things to stand out in February. By far the smallest of the big games releasing during the month, RedLynx have been listening to fan feedback about where they went wrong with Fusion. While it may appeal to fans of the series, the best call for Ubisoft at this point may be to nudge Rising into the next month’s release window.
What’s that? It has loot boxes? Oh. Oh no.
Other notable February 2019 video game release dates: – Ace Combat 7 (PC) – February 1st – BlazBlue: Central Fiction (Switch) – February 7th – God Eater 3 (PC, PS4) – February 8th – Devotion (PC) – February 19th – Dirt Rally 2.0 (PC, PS4, XB1) – February 20th – Anno 1800 (PC) – February 26th – The Lego Movie 2 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – February 26th – Ape Out (PC, Switch) – February 28th
New Games of March 2019
Dead or Alive 6 | March 1st, 2019
Developer: Team NINJA Publisher: Koei Tecmo Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
With the resurgence for fighting games of late, it should be no surprise to see Dead or Alive, everyone’s favourite jiggly fighting game, looking for a slice of the pie this year. Opinions were divided on the free-to-play direction the previous game took, so Team NINJA and Koei Tecmo have gone the full-bodied approach this time out. The jury’s out with not a huge amount being shown of the game so far, but with character customisation and sweat physics to look forward to, it’ll certainly be unique.
Dante is back, and he’s looking…really haggard? It’s lucky, then, that Nero and newcomer V will also be taking the reigs for Devil May Cry’s fifth incarnation, which ignores the events of Ninja Theory’s game. It looks as suitably bonkers as you’d expect from a DMC title with Nero travelling to Red Grave City to combat the onslaught of demons it’s facing. It looks very much like returning the series back to what people know and love it for.
“Multiplayer and loading screens aside, Devil May Cry 5 is exactly what it was meant to be and more. With a great plot, beautiful visuals, and near perfect gameplay, Capcom deliver possibly the best Devil May Cry to date.”
Judging from first impressions alone, The Division 2 may not do enough to bring around those who left so early last time out. The human enemies are still bullet sponges and the emphasis on cover shooting returns, though there’s still time for Ubisoft to show more of the game off and entice lapsed players back in again. It’s set in Washington this time, which is absolutely not an allegory for anything, no sir.
Just when you thought you could stop the self-flagellation, along comes FromSoftware. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is wrapped in fairly tight shroud of mystery, though players shouldn’t immediately be expecting a new Soulsborne. You play as a ninja in a game apparently very influenced by Tenchu with Sekiro supposedly also dropping some Soulsborne trappings to make it more of a “straight” action game. Will be very interesting to see how this unfolds.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 4 | March 26th, 2019
Developer: Telltale Games/Skybound Games Publisher: Skybound Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
The undead series about the undead has its final hurrah at the end of March with its last ever episode. It’s been a rocky road for the series over the past six months with Telltale collapsing and Skybound assuming control of the IP, so here’s hoping it manages to go out on the strongest note possible and doesn’t kill off either Clementine, AJ, or Rosie, or else there will be hell to pay.
“Take Us Back caps off The Walking Dead: The Final Season on a pitch perfect note with the goodbye that Clementine and Telltale themselves deserve.”
Other notable March 2019 video game release dates: – Left Alive (PC, PS4) – March 5th – Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn (3DS) – March 8th – Generation Zero (PC,PS4, XB1) – March 26th – Outward (PC, PS4, XB1) – March 26th – Tropico 6 (PC ((PS4, XB1 at a later date)) – March 29th – Yoshi’s Crafted World (Switch) – March 29th
Developer: Media Molecule Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
For the first time ever, a first-party PlayStation 4 game is launching as an Early Access title. When you look at the bonkers scope of Dreams, it makes sense — there are so many spinning plates with such an ambitious game. The only real limit is your creativity as you make beautiful worlds to explore or maybe even games of your own. Dreams Early Access will go until the game is fully released; features will be continually added during this period.
Mortal Kombat 11 | April 23rd, 2019
Developer: NetherRealm Publisher:WB Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Mortal Kombat 11 may already be the biggest fighting game that 2019 has to offer. The long-awaited return to the MK world promises a heap of ways to remove a spleen through someone’s butthole, as well as new ways to customise and make your own fighters. Announced at The Game Awards 2018, Mortal Kombat 11 will also be coming to Switch for the first time with new details to be announced in January.
Days Gone | April 26th, 2019
Developer: SIE Bend Publisher:SIE Platform(s): PS4
A PS4 exclusive with a point to prove after being somewhat left behind since it was first announced at E3 2016. Early impressions are promising for Days Gone with you travelling across an open-world crawling with “Freakers” as Deacon St. John: a biker who seems to very much blur the lines between good and bad. Featuring a huge amount of enemies on-screen at once and different routes to take to achieve your goals, Days Gone might just light up early 2019.
Note: originally scheduled to release on Feb 22nd.
Developer: Asobo Studio Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Rats are terrifying, especially those that like to carry around plagues like the little rascals they are. A Plague Tale: Innocence tells the story of a young sister and brother caught in the middle of a period of grand pestilence in 14th century France and looks to be a deeply emotional time. As you might expect, you’re vulnerable to not only the plague but the adults of a region that is mostly foreign to them. Expect some interesting stealthing and puzzling.
Rage 2 | May 14th, 2019
Developer: id Software, Avalanche Publisher: Bethesda Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
The sequel that people asked for as a half-joke but never expected to actually happen, Rage 2 looks like fixing a lot of complaints about the first game. A more direct affair, Rage 2 will allow players to unleash plenty of carnage with bananas weaponry and a plot that will actually end up somewhere this time. id Software have learned a lot from the missteps of the first game, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out.
Other notable April 2019 new game releases: – Giga Wrecker Alt. (PS4, XB1, NS) – May 2nd – Observation (PC, PS4) – May 21st – Team Sonic Racing (PC, PS4, XB1, NS) – May 21st – Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) – May 23rd – Layer of Fear 2 (PC, PS4, XB1) – May 28th – Little Friends: Dogs & Cats (NS) – May 28th – Blood & Truth (PSVR) – May 29th
After being rumoured for the longest time following the success of N. Sane Trilogy, a Crash Team Racing was officially unveiled at The Game Awards 2018. Promising a modern update on the karting favourite, Nitro-Fueled is bound to destroy many families when it slides into our lives in 2019.
Judgment | June 26th, 2019
Developer: Sega CS1 Publisher: SEGA Platform(s):PS4
Previously called Judge Eyes and fully aware that it’s spelled judgement wrong, Judgment from the team behind Yakuza is Phoenix Wright times a million. It even reuses a lot of Yakuza assets, but that didn’t deter Famitsu from giving it a mighty good 37 out of 40 for its release in Japan. Judgment will certainly be one of the most unique games of the year when it drops this June.
Super Mario Maker 2 | June 28th, 2019
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
Super Mario Maker was specifically designed with Mario fanatics in mind, those who live and breathe the moustachioed one so much that they could make their own levels (without being hit with a cease and desist). Super Mario Maker 2, revealed in a February 2019 Direct, is more of the same, just this time on a platform that has a much stronger audience than the poor old Wii U. Expect to see hundreds of playthroughs of seemingly impossible levels on YouTube when this one lands this June.
Other notable June 2019 new games: – Warhammer: Chaosbane (PC, PS4, XB1) – June 4th – Trover Saves The Universe (PC) – June 4th – ESO: Elsweyr (PC, PS4, XB1) – June 4th – The Sinking City (PC, PS4, XB1) – June 27th – Hell Let Loose (PC) – June 6th – Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC, PS4, XB1) – June 18th – Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (NS) – June 25th
New Games of July 2019
Fire Emblem: Three Houses | July 26th, 2019
Developer: Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
If you’ve been wanting to play a new Fire Emblem on your big screen for over a decade like a lot of fans, Three Houses on Switch looks to be the franchise’s big return to console. Taking place in an academy populated by by students from three different nations who were once bitter enemies, Three Houses is almost assuredly going to be a huge and sprawling JRPG when it lands this July.
Youngblood will be the first co-op sojourn in the Wolfenstein franchise and will feature BJ’s two badass daughters trying to track him down after he goes missing. It looks as bombastic as you’d expect from a Wolfenstein game and promises to be more open than any other game in the series to date. Your friend can also play with you for free if you purchase a Buddy Pass, not unlike A Way Out except not free. As a nice surprise, it lands on Switch on the same day as all the other platforms.
New Games of August 2019
Shenmue 3 | August 29th, 2019
Developer: Neilo, Ys Net Publisher: Deep Silver Platform(s): PC, PS4
What harm’s a little more waiting going to do, right? Shenmue fans have been waiting for nearly two decades for a new entry in the series and Shenmue 3 certainly looks like delivering just that, for better and worse. Based on very early impressions, it will keep a lot of the “quirky” DNA of its predecessors intact and also apparently the character models. Verdicts on the visuals so far have been split, so here’s hoping the developers take the time to find a middle ground.
Astral Chain | August 30th, 2019
Developer: Platinum Games Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch/em>
This Switch exclusive came out of totally nowhere during the February 2019 Direct and might have just stolen the whole show. A hugely stylistic actioner from the wonderful weirdos over at Platinum, Astral Chain sees you playing as a member of a special police force who teams up with sentient weapon to beat the evil out of monsters. It’s quintessential Platinum, who previously worked on NieR and Metal Gear Rising and are also working on Bayonetta 3 for Switch, and many can’t wait for it.
New Games of September 2019
Borderlands 3 | September 13th, 2019
Developer: Gearbox Software Publisher: 2k Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
God bless Borderlands 3 for finally giving us a game to put in our September section. Revealed during a special livestream after endless teasing, Borderlands 3 is looking like the wildest game in the series to date with multiple planets and vaults to explore and a new cast of bad guys to take on, as well as returning favourites — even Rhys from Tales From The Borderlands is included. The only downside? Those who hate the Epic Games Store are out of luck for at least six months after launch.
New Games of October 2019
Medievil | October 25th, 2019
Developer: Sony in-house/Other Ocean Interactive Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
Originally scheduled to release in 2018, the PS4 Medievil remake was AWOL for the longest time before its inevitable delay was announced. A from scratch remake, what we’ve seen of the project so far looks promising and like it’s carrying over the spirit of the original game, just with far more polygons to play with it. If we were betting birds, we’d say this one will be a nice little trip back in time.
New Games of November 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | November 15th, 2019
Developer: Respawn Publisher: EA Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
A single-player Star Wars game with no microtransactions or loot box nonsense? Are we dreaming? And how annoyed must Amy Hennig be about now? After previously saying that they were pivoting away from a single-player Star Wars title, EA revealed…a single-player Star Wars title. Set in the period between Episode III and IV with the Jedi on the verge of extinction, Fallen Order is a third-person action game that looks like it will be very open. Respawn are developing this one, so expect some pretty wild things. Main character Cal Kestis is played by Cameron Monaghan, who is on the run from the Empire.
Prepare to cry. The Blind Forest was one of the most heart-wrenching games of its ilk when it first launched, coupled with its Metroidvania leanings making it one of the most beloved games of 2015. With the adventure seemingly being even more harrowing and its visuals somehow even more beautiful, The Will of the Wisps is sure to win some hearts when it lands in 2019.
Concrete Genie | Fall 2019
Developer: Pixelopus Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
Alongside Dreams, this could be one of the best PS4 games going in terms of affording the player huge amounts of creativity. Concrete Genie utilises the DualShock to allow you to paint some stunning canvases and bring creatures to life in a town corrupted by pollution. We’ve only seen glimpses of it, but what’s on offer has been damn pretty so far.
Pokémon Sword and Shield | Late 2019
Developer: Game Freak Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
The full-fat RPG that may satisfy those left disappointed by Let’s GO!, Pokémon Sword and Shield is to due to launch as a Switch exclusive sometime later this year. We know that Galar is heavily inspired by Britain (have seen zero fish and chips so far, mind) and the three starter Pokémon are all worth throwing yourself in front of a bullet for, but that’s about it for now. Expect more from Pokémon Sword and Shield within the coming months.
Gears 5 | TBC 2019
Developer: The Coalition Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform(s): PC, XB1
Gears of War 4 was a solid but unspectacular entry into the franchise, which means that The Koalition may have to go all out with Gears (no “of War”) 5. It doesn’t look like reinventing the wheel from what we’ve seen so far, though it focuses on a non-Fenix for the first time in a long time. You play as Kait as she travels across the “biggest Gears world” to date to discover the origins of the Locust. Expect surprising emotion.
Black Flag was such a good idea that Ubisoft decided to spin off its seafaring into its own game. Skull & Bones looks like one of Ubisoft’s most promising games in a long time, even if it is “live service”. You’ll constantly be sailing and exploring, coming across other players and deciding whether to make friends or cannon the everloving heck out of each other. We all know it’s going to be the latter.
We’ve played the vampiric Code Vein, and yep: it’s very much like a Souls game. That basically entails punishing difficulty, big and impossibly grotesque bosses, and a low amount of hand-holding. However, Code Vein distances itself from the likes of The Surge and Nioh by being less of a solitary experience — your AI buddy can lend a helping hand.
One of the most mysterious new games of 2019, next to nothing is known about Babylon’s Fall. Judging from its teaser trailer, we at least know that it isn’t a sequel to the PS2 classic football game Red Card — probably. PlatinumGames are behind this one, so expect the minds behind NieR, Metal Gear Rising, Vanquish, and many more to bring it, no matter what it is.
DOOM Eternal | TBC 2019
Developer: id Software Publisher: Bethesda Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
More of the same, please and thank you. DOOM Eternal picks up from where the 2016 entry left off with Doomguy fighting his way through Hell on Earth. Drawing heavily from DOOM II, Eternal will gives players a big arsenal than ever (including a harpoon) and also introduces the ability for players to join your game, not unlike that game that you’re never allowed to compare anything to because it’s rote.
Following the huge success of FighterZ, Bandai Namco will be hoping they can strike gold again with Project Z: an as yet unofficially named action RPG set in the DBZ universe that follows Goku’s journey throughout the show. Despite being out this year, Bandai Namco have been rather coy on what to expect from this one, though you can expect balls of many varieties and Krillin to die once or twice before the game is over.
Ghost of Tsushima | TBC
Developer: Sucker Punch Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
A PS4 exclusive with a captivating aesthetic and more deliberate approach to combat, Ghost of Tsushima is the next game from the developers of the inFamous series. An open world game, Tsushima will allow players to use stealth or outright brutality to take on the hordes of Mongolians invading Japan. Harness the power of the Ghost and find a way to save your country when this one lands in the near future.
The Last of Us: Part II | TBC
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
The second The Last of Us game looks to somehow be even more of a gut-punch than before. Featuring even more scarily realistic visuals and brutality, everything we’ve seen of TLOU 2 so far seems to suggest that Ellie is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to enact just that. On who and why is yet to be revealed, neither is the location of Joel. He’s alive, right? Naughty Dog? Hello?
Halo Infinite | TBC
Developer: 343 Industries Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform(s): PC, XB1
Microsoft are keeping quiet on what is, for all intents and purposes, Halo 6. The early tease for the game seems to suggest that Halo Infinite will be a bold new direction for the franchise, which could entail an open world or possibly something else entirely. Master Chief will be involved, so the sins of Halo 5 and its disappointing rivalry might be able to be forgiven by the time Infinite rolls around.
Death Stranding | TBC
Developer: Kojima Productions Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
The video game equivalent of the word “huh”, Death Stranding is looking like being one of the weirdest big-budget games ever made. When devastating rain turns the world to shit, you must play as a courier and deliver stuff (?) while warding off an unusual threat. At least that’s what we think is going to happen? Kojima’s creativity has been let loose on this one, so it will be a real trip if nothing else and undoubtedly one of the biggest new games of 2019 — if we see it, that is.
Bayonetta 3 | TBC
Developer: Platinum Games Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
Not much is known about Bayonetta 3 at this point, other than that you will be kicking endless brigades of asses and looking great while doing so. Platinum Games and Nintendo continue their collaboration on the Bayonetta series after the second entry released as a Wii U exclusive and with the Switch already being many more times successful than the doomed console, Bayonetta 3 may actually receive the audience it deserves.
Metroid Prime 4 | TBC
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
We know less about Metroid Prime 4 than arguably any upcoming game, just because there is nothing to know beyond the simplest of details. Metroid Prime 4 is the fourth game in the Prime series and is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. That’s your lot. On you go. It will almost definitely be better than Federation Force as it would have to actively be trying not to be, after all.
Some mountains and a lovely horizon were all that was needed to send the internet into a frenzy. The Elder Scrolls VI is currently in development, but that doesn’t mean it will be out in 2019, 2020, 2021, or maybe even later — these things take a day and age. Single-player RPGs are still a huge market to tap into, though you won’t see the new TES games in this generation.
You can copy almost verbatim what we wrote above and intersperse the words “sci-fi” and “spaceship” instead. Starfield is the first brand new Bethesda IP in decades and will take the trappings of the likes of TES and Fallout to space. Again, don’t expect this any time soon whatsoever.