The end of 2018 is quickly coming. While a lot of people like to focus on the many great games we got to see in the past year, I want to take this time to build the hype for the games we get to see in 2019.
All of these games have plans to release in 2019. Anything that does not have a release window in the next year will not be here.
Release: January 29th
I, along with millions of other fans of this series, have been waiting 13 YEARS for this game after Kingdom Hearts II released in 2005. The combination of Final Fantasy and Disney is way better than anyone could have expected back when the first game in the series released in 2002. The adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy have been embedded in our hearts for over a decade now. Finally getting to see the conclusion of the fight against major series villain Xehanort is one of the most exciting things to come out next year. The Kingdom Hearts story is convoluted and has some plot holes, but we still love it so much.
Release: February 22nd
There are still questions on whether a purely multiplayer game can be made by BioWare, a company that has relied heavily on single player content in the past (see Fallout 76). Despite these concerns, Anthem has looked fun since it was revealed at E3 2017. Flying around in Iron Man-like suits called Javelins looks to be a blast. The game seems to play a lot like Destiny, which should bring in plenty of people based on that factor alone. Needless to say, BioWare has our attention.
Release date: January 25th
Resident Evil has been hitting a resurgence during the last couple of years. After a few disappointing games, fans were very fond of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and are exceedingly excited for the remake of Resident Evil 2. Even though I personally have never played the original version of the game, everything about the remake looks like a terrifyingly good time.
Release: March 15th
Tom Clancy’s The Division, while good, was a disappointment overall when compared to the massive hype that went ahead of its release. Early looks at its sequel, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, show that it should be much more polished. Let’s hope the gameplay reflects that.
Release: February 15th
There has been skepticism of Crackdown 3 following its numerous delays. But after the recent trailer and gameplay shown during the X018 event, I am cautiously excited for it. Fully destructible environments are underused in games like this, and it looks fun overall. It will not run for game of the year, but it looks entertaining regardless. Launching Crackdown 3 on Xbox Game Pass and moving it up a week doesn’t hurt its chances for more people to try it out.
After the release of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, I am eagerly looking forward to the next generation of Pokémon that has been promised for the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019. We do not know anything on it yet, but come on, man—it’s Game Freak.
The first Luigi’s Mansion for home consoles since its original release on the GameCube, the new sequel will hit stores at some point in 2019, and will likely be one of Nintendo’s bigger releases for the year. Not much on Luigi’s Mansion 3 is known yet, as only a short teaser was revealed during a Nintendo Direct in September.
Mario’s faithful companion Yoshi is getting another game released in 2019, and it matches the adorableness that a Yoshi game deserves. Yoshi’s Crafted World looks set to continue the kind of aesthetic that was started with Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Yoshi’s Woolly World. An added mechanic of playing through the levels backward will also make it stand out among other platforming games.
Rounding out the big releases from Nintendo that we KNOW will come next year is Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch (there is still hope for Metroid Prime 4 or a trilogy remake). Again, not much is known other than the game’s 2019 release date.
Pretty much anything that Alan Wake and Quantum Break developer Remedy make will get me excited. Revealed at the Sony E3 2018 PS4 Press Conference this year, Control looks to be another game where the protagonist gains supernatural powers while relying on Remedy’s usual third-person shooter mechanics.
All we know about the newest Star Wars game is that Respawn is making it, and it is coming in 2019. Regardless, Respawn has my confidence after the great development on the Titanfall games.
Those are just some of my picks for games coming out in 2019 that have me excited. Let me know yours in the comments below… Surely, I missed the game you most look forward to.