Summer is almost here, and with it comes a wave of new video game releases. Nintendo is set to have a packed release schedule, so it’s guaranteed to extend far past the summer. But we also have an array of third-party titles to get our hands on.
Borderlands 3 (September 13th, 2019)
(Coming to Epic Games Store, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 on 9/13/2019 — Pre-order here.)
Borderlands 3 was announced not too long ago, but it’s been highly requested by fans for years now. The game is being developed by Gearbox Software and is being published by their parent company, 2K Games.
While most of what we know is pulled from a trailer that doesn’t directly confirm anything, a second developer’s trailer did confirm a few details. We know that we’ll be traveling between different planets, a feature teased at the end of Borderlands 2. It also showed us who the villains are: a group called The Children of the Vault, and their two Siren leaders, Troy and Tyreen. They won’t be the only baddies we face, but from the looks of it, they’ll be our main antagonists.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (July 19th, 2019)
(Coming to Nintendo Switch — Pre-order here.)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was a surprise announcement at the 2018 Game Awards. What was even more shocking was it was revealed as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. The game is being developed by Team Ninja and published by Nintendo.
Despite the game’s controversial art style, most fans are looking forward to this title, as Marvel games have really hit their stride in recent years. With the industry shifting towards one-player-per-console formats, it’s nice to see a big name like Marvel throwing their lot in with couch co-op here.
Unfortunately, very little has been revealed about the game quite yet, but we do know that the X-Men will be included, and that’s enough for now.
Make sure you check the trailer out before you buy.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled (June 21st, 2019)
(Coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 — Pre-order here.)
For some, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled was the missing piece from the N. Sane Trilogy. The hope was that it would be a surprise addition to the collection, but fortunately we’re still getting a remake.
Now, the game looks great. From improved graphics to quality of life improvements, this game has it all. It’s even adding new racers and skins for pre-existing characters in addition to online play. For the longest time, Crash Team Racing was the only game that actually competed with Mario Kart, so seeing a resurgence in the modern era would be a welcome sight
Not sure about the game yet? See if the trailer does anything to change your mind.
Super Mario Maker 2 (June 28th, 2019)
(Coming to Nintendo Switch — Pre-order here.)
Super Mario Maker 2 is a game with infinite content. Fans have been asking for a port of the original game to the Switch since the console’s announcement. But to their surprise, Nintendo is bringing them a whole new game instead.
Super Mario Maker 2 is bringing together a lot of quality of life improvements, new features, and added content from the rest of the Mario series. You can check out every detail we know about the game so far in an article from our very own Ethan Braun. This game is a must buy for any and all Mario fans. It gives users the ability to create their own own levels, or play the ones others have created online. To say that the game is bringing a lot to the table would be an understatement.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Q3 2019)
(Coming to PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 — Pre-order here.)
One of the most anticipated indies of the year comes in the form of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, serving as a spiritual successor to the Castlevania franchise. Bloodstained is being made by ArtPlay, DICO, and WayForward Technologies. It’s being published on all platforms by 505 Games.
While the game is taking a 3D art style that myself and many others were disappointed to see, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Now, the original game was short, and not very developed story-wise. It left us on a cliff hanger that we’ll finally see wrapped up by Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night after so many years, while offering an entirely new combat system. We’ll see an official release date announced soon.
Take a glance at the trailer here.
Other Games That Could Steal the Show
However, with everything we have on the horizon, there are still many games without a release window. Many of these games could still potentially drop this summer, knocking any number of these titles off this list in an instant. Those games are:
- Animal Crossing (Nintendo Switch)
- Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo Switch)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One)
- Gears 5 (Xbox One)
- Halo Infinite (Xbox One)
- Doom Eternal (PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4)
- The Last of Us Part II (PS4)
- Atomic Heart (TBD)
- Untitled Goose Game (PC, Nintendo Switch)
So, what games are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
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