Top 8 Games to expect in early 2019 [ Release dates + Trailers ]

Get ready, because 2019 is shaping up to be a special year for video games. While it’s always possible for a year to take us by surprise in regards to how great it is for gaming or how bad it ends up being, you can generally tell when you’re going to have a marquee year.


Kingdom Hearts 3

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: January 29, 2019

What better way to start the year than with the ultimate Final Fantasy/Disney mash-up? Kingdom Hearts 3 may have been delayed again at E3 2018, but this time Square Enix is really serious about its January launch window, with a firm date in sight for the proper threequel in the beloved series of titles. From Frozen to Wreck-It-Ralph, Kingdom Hearts 3 is making full use of the Disney brand, but the question is whether the gameplay of the PlayStation 2 era still holds up so many years later. Not long until we’ll be able to say for sure…

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 22, 2019

A new game from the masters of the action-RPG FromSoftware tends to be a blessing and a curse all at once. A blessing, because it means another lovingly crafted world to explore and soak up for months. A curse, because it also means we’re going to be terrified, beat up, and killed over and over again by the studio’s punishing approach to gameplay challenge. Set in a mythologised take on Feudal Japan, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will continue the FromSoft hack-and-slash tradition with thematic tweaks and forward-thinking changes to suit the new milieu. The most enticing feature spotted so far? A grappling hook, which could drastically change how we traverse the expertly made zones and arenas. Get ready to die all over again.

Days Gone

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: April 26, 2019

If you think zombies have been done to death, well… you’re right, but that isn’t stopping the PS4-exclusive Days Gone. The enemies in this open-world post-apocalypse aren’t technically undead – the so-called ‘Freakers’ are actually infected humans who have gone feral and seem eager to devour our hero Deacon (voiced by and modeled after Sam Witwer, who you might recognize as Starkiller from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed). What really sets the Freaker horde apart is just how many can be chasing you at once; there are times when they’re practically flooding out of the environment, and all you can do to survive is simply run.

Skull and Bones

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: TBC 2019

Sea of Thieves isn’t the only open-world pirate game out there – Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones is also setting sail this year, with a much more realistic take on pirate battles on the high seas. Skull and Bones is basically Assassin’s Creed Black Flag without the Assassins, as it’s being developed by much of the same team behind Black Flag, and promises a sweeping solo campaign as you vie for control over the 18th-century waters in the Indian Ocean. But the real focus looks to be player-versus-player ship skirmishes online, where each player controls their very own warship in team-based fleet battles. There will also be supernatural elements amidst all the cannon-fire, like the colossal tentacles of a terrifying kraken lurking in the deep.

Anthem

Platform(s): PS4, XBO, PC
Release date: February 22, 2019

BioWare’s Anthem is the studio’s most talked about game in years, even if it’s not always being talked about for the reasons that BioWare and EA would like. Questions of microtransactions and originality still surround this title a year after it was first announced.

Yes, Anthem is certainly a departure for the house that RPGs built, but everything that developer BioWare has shown of this Destiny-like online experience suggests that this online multiplayer experience is exactly what they needed to get back on track. Can this online shooter learn from the mistakes of its predecessors and deliver the ultimate sci-fi shared world experience?

Devil May Cry 5

Platform(s): PS4, XBO, PC
Release date: March 8, 2019

The Devil May Cry series is generally regarded as one of the godfathers of the 3D action genre, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve gotten a new game from the franchise. Even Ninja Theory’s brilliant re-imagining of the Devil May Cry concept wasn’t enough to satisfy the series’ hardcore fans.

Devil May Cry marks the franchise’s return to Capcom and, hopefully, a return to form for a series that was once known for its brutal difficulty and absurd cinematic set pieces. The action genre has evolved quite a bit since Capcom last delivered a proper Devil May Cry game, but we have the feeling this franchise is ready to reclaim the genre throne.

Metro Exodus

Platform(s): PS4, XBO, PC
Release date: February 22, 2019

Those who have played the Metro series know that it is one of the most atmospheric and clever first-person shooter franchises of the modern era. The problem is that it always feels like not enough people have actually played these incredible games.

Metro Exodus wants to expand the notoriety of these cult classic games by expanding the Metro world itself. While Metro Exodus isn’t exactly an open-world game, this upcoming shooter will expand the scope of the Metro concept by delivering the largest and most intriguing take on the series’ fascinating look at the end of the world.

The Division 2

Platform(s): PS4, XBO, PC
Release date: March 15, 2019

The original Division was a fascinating online game that came along and briefly captured the imaginations of millions before being buried under some bad design decisions and a frustrating lack of updates. The team behind The Division 2 is well-aware of the original game’s shortcomings. As such, the developers have set out to ensure that this sequel will be bigger, story-driven, and more accommodating to groups of players. Will those changes be enough for The Division 2 to fulfill the original’s full potential?

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