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The best upcoming games of 2019 (and beyond)

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Where did 2019 go, eh? Yes, we're very close to the end of the year, but the last few months will see some of the best upcoming games coming our way to help you keep things exciting as you see out the remainder of the year. We also look ahead to the best games beyond 2019 for you to get on board that hype train. 

With titles like Pokemon Sword and Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order just around the corner, we really are spoilt for choice already, but there's also so many games coming out beyond 2019 that you can look forward to as well. This list is continually expanding with a hearty list of all the best future titles coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. There are also some smaller indie numbers to keep things interesting. 

We've helpfully put this list together in order of release date so you can stay on top of what's coming out first. From big releases like Cyberpunk 2077 to Death Stranding and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there's something for everyone to get hyped about. So if you want to make sure you've got the right release date booked off work, or you want to make sure you have all the best upcoming releases on your radar, get ready to take a trip through the best upcoming games of 2019 (and beyond). 

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: November 15, 2019

Game Freak's best-known series officially enters Generation 8 now we know Pokemon Switch is called Pokemon Sword and Shield, the second set of mainline games on the Nintendo Switch after Pokemon Let's Go Eevee and Pikachu. The catch-'em-all, Gym-battling adventure takes place in the region of Galar this time around, which resembles modern-day England with its sprawling, picturesque countryside, contemporary city, and snowy villages. We're already having the most difficult time choosing between the three Pokemon Gen 8 starters, but social media seems to be quite taken with Sobble, the timid Water Lizard type.  

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: November 15, 2019

Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order had quite the showing at Star Wars Celebration 2019, and it looks like the Star Wars game we've been waiting for. This single-player, third-person adventure follows Cal Kestis, an incognito Jedi who avoids detection by following three cardinal rules: "Don't stand out. Accept the past. Trust no one." But when he uses the Force in desperation, he finds himself on the run from an Imperial Inquisitor known as the Second Sister, who will stop at nothing to wipe this Jedi out like all the rest. Fallen Order takes place between Episodes 3 and 4 (hello there, Star Wars: Rogue One), when Order 66 is in full effect, so we can't wait to see how Cal fights for his survival using his lightsaber, Force powers, and wits. 

Shenmue 3

Platform(s): PC, PS4
Release date: November 19, 2019

The Shenmue series was never a huge commercial success, but thanks in part to Kickstarter and thousands of fans' hard-earned dollars (plus some generous funding from Sony), the project is fully underway. In Shenmue 3, you'll take the role of a martial artist named Ryo Hazuki as he attempts to uncover who is responsible for his father's murder. It promises to have gameplay reminiscent of the previous titles, enabling players to take on enemies in hand-to-hand combat, upgrade combat abilities, and explore a living world full of villages, shops, and an active populous.

Phoenix Point

Phoenix Point

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

Whether you played the original X-COM back in the day or love the modern reboots from 2K, there's just something satisfying about defending the planet from hostile aliens via tactical, turn-based battles full of sudden surprises and miraculous saves. If you're waiting impatiently for XCOM 3, you'll be happy to know that Phoenix Point - headed up by Julian Gollop, creator of the original X-COM - will scratch that same sci-fi strategy itch. In the desolate post-apocalypse of Phoenix Point, humanity has split into factions following a viral outbreak, and horrific aliens are terrorizing the wastes. As one of the factions fighting to protect Earth, you'll need to ally (or war) with other factions to bolster your forces, then take the fight to hordes of hideous, crab-human-hybrid mutants to ensure our species' survival.

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