Happy New Year! 2018 is in the rear view mirror, gone, done, finito; it’s time to look ahead at what’s come. Okay, so what can we expect in 2019? Well, for starters, the vast majority of games don’t have release dates yet, shocking, I know. The only month that is really set in stone is January, and probably February (dare I say March as well), but the rest is just kind of up in the air. Grab your notepad and set aside some cash now, it’s going to be another expensive year in gaming.
Things start off pretty big in January, after releasing the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 in January, 2017, Capcom is back with a remake of the beloved Resident Evil 2. In other re-make news, Nintendo continues to port their biggest Wii U titles to the switch with the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and Bandai Namco is releasing the former Xbox 360 exclusive (in NA at least), Tales of Vesperia, to the PC, PS4, Switch and XBone. However, the biggest release of January, by far, has got to be Kingdom Hearts III, the long-long-long awaited sequel drops on January 29th.
As February rolls around we will finally get the long delayed Xbox One exclusive, Crackdown 3, as well as five other major multi-platform releases; Dead or Alive 6, Fry Cry: New Dawn, Jump Force, Metro: Exodus, and probably the most high-profile and mainstream game of the winter, BioWare’s Anthem. Do you need, or even have room, for another games-as-a-service, MMO style shooter in your life? I guess we’ll find out.
March brings us brand new releases for two long awaited franchises, with both a new ToeJam & Earl and a new Devil May Cry game. We’ve also got ANOTHER games-as-a-service MMO style shooter with The Division 2 releasing, so trade in your copies of The Division NOW before Game Stop starts only offering you $0.05 cents instead of $0.25 cents. The new From Software game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is also slated to come out this month. This is a pretty loaded first quarter, but manageable if you space out the big titles.
The rest of the year is pretty sparse at this point, with only a few titles with announced dates. Mortal Kombat 11 and zombie biker game Days Gone are both slated for an April release; Rage 2 and Sonic Team Racing are both coming in May, and Shenmue 3 drops in August.
There are still a ton of titles we don’t have release dates for, and some that may not even come out in 2019. With the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft looming on the horizon it should be expected that some of these may not launch on the current gen of consoles, or if they do, expect to double dip on “enhanced” re-releases (or more hopefully, these consoles will have backwards compatibility). With that said, here’s what else we might be getting in 2019:
- Animal Crossing (Switch)
- Battletoads (Xbox One)
- Bayonetta 3 (Switch)
- Beyond Good and Evil 2 (Systems unknown, presumably PC/PS4/Xbox One)
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC/PS4/Switch/XBone)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
- Death Stranding (PS4)
- Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2, XII (Switch)
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – Spring 2019
- Halo Infinite (PC/Xbox One) – Does anyone think this will be a games-as-a-service MMO style shooter?
- Gears 5, Gears Pop!, Gears Tactics (PC/Xbox One/Mobile Phones)
- Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
- Judgment (PS4) – Yakuza spin-off
- The Last of Us Part 2 (PS4) – PS5?
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch)
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Switch)
- Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)
- Psychonauts 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
- Yoshi’s Crafted World (Switch) – Spring 2019
Aside from what is listed above, there are a ton of other games coming as well, Biomutant, Shin Megami Tensei V, Mineko’s Night Market, MechWarrior V, so if I missed something be sure to chastise me soundly in the comments. See you next week with our first big set of new releases!