The best upcoming games of 2019 (and beyond)

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The most anticipated new games of 2019 might seem agonizingly far off at the moment - but tide and time wait for no game, and next year's biggest blockbusters will be here before you know it. As the new games of 2018 continue to roll out over the coming months, it's becoming clearer and clearer what's going to make its projected 2018 release date, and what very likely won't. Instead of making us wait for nothing, some developers have even done us the kindness of explicitly stating that their games are destined to drop in 2019 (and hopefully not beyond, but these things are always subject to change). The following titles are all incredibly exciting, but you shouldn't expect to play them anytime soon; alongside all the confirmed 2019 games, we've also gone ahead and included picks that we're 99.99% certain won't debut this year. That said, we'll be updating this list whenever we know more - and we'd be happy to be wrong if it means playing these most-wanted sequels and intriguing new concepts any sooner. 

Anthem 

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

The new Anthem game is essentially EA's answer to Destiny: a shared-world shooter that aims to fully immerse players in a gigantic sci-fi universe. You play as a Freelancer (don't call them Guardians) engaging in third-person, Mass Effect-style shootouts, armored up in your Javelin exosuit to explore and exterminate within some gigantic alien biomes. As you might expect, there's an emphasis on party play (for up to four-player co-op) and the pursuit of increasingly impressive loot. It's also promising to hear that Anthem will be penned by the writer of KOTOR and the first two Mass Effect games. Fingers crossed that Anthem will circumvent all the microtransaction controversy and ire that plagued Star Wars Battlefront 2 by skipping purchasable, randomized loot boxes entirely.  

Indivisible

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

Back in 2015, over $2 million in crowdfunding was raised for Indivisible, and it's easy to see why: this RPG/Metroidvania hybrid has gorgeously drawn, beautifully animated visuals and inventive combat mechanics to match the captivating presentation. Made by Lab Zero Games, the studio behind the equally stylish fighter Skullgirls, Indivisible follows the intrepid Ajna as she encounters environments and monsters inspired by Southeast Asian mythology. As you explore 2.5D forests, temples, and tombs using your host of acrobatic abilities, you'll recruit party members called Incarnations (which boast some delightfully unconventional character designs). The battles themselves play out like a real-time take on Valkyrie Profile, with a fighting game twist: if you time your attacks correctly, you can combo and juggle opponents in the air for tons of extra damage. The Indivisible Prototype Beta is still available on PSN if you want to check it out, and the game's come a long way since that already-impressive showing. 

Metro Exodus

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: Q1 2019

Metro Exodus is the third game in this criminally underappreciated post-apocalyptic FPS series, transporting you to the irradiated ruins of modern civilization, now teeming with mutated animals, which somehow still manage to look beautiful (in a bleak, desolate kind of way). You play as a hardened survivor slowly making your way across Russia during a harsh nuclear winter, fending off gigantic rats in abandoned subway tunnels and scavenging for supplies topside. Just be sure to keep an eye out for any radioactive bears that could get the jump on you.  

Psychonauts 2 

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

The original Psychonauts is the kind of cult classic that's beloved by all who play it, and it set the tone for all of Double Fine's following games: fun, quirky, imaginative, and relentlessly clever. Now, after over a decade since the debut of their first adventure at Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, Raz, Lili, and elite members of the Psychonauts are back for another mind-delving, 3D platforming adventure. Picking up where the PSVR-exclusive Rhombus of Ruin left off, Psychonauts 2 promises more whimsical, vibrant mental mindscapes to explore as Raz runs and jumps around the inner thoughts of idiosyncratic, often hilarious characters.  

Shenmue 3

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: TBC 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. The game 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.

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. 

In The Valley of Gods 

Platform(s): PC
Release date: TBC 2019

Developer Campo Santo (now owned by Valve!) made quite a name for itself with its debut game Firewatch, a beautiful tale of bonding in the lonely, picturesque Wyoming wilderness. The studio's sophomore game takes that same first-person framework but transports us to a totally different time and place: ancient ruins in Egypt circa the 1920s. You play as Rashida, documenting an adventurous excavation alongside your travel companion Zora by capturing the whole thing on black-and-white, 35mm film. We've only seen a sliver of what's in store - though it seems like the less you know about Campo Santo's games before going into them, the better - but what's there already looks enchanting. If you've got a thing for pyramids and towering sphinx statues (perhaps off the back of Assassin's Creed Origins) In The Valley of Gods promises a gripping narrative and one hell of a historical setting.  

Days Gone

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: TBC 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. 

Ghost of Tsushima 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: TBC

Sucker Punch hit us with quite the surprise when it revealed Ghost of Tsushima out of the blue: a samurai-led tale of ancient Japan from the studio that brought you the Infamous and Sly Cooper series. You play an as-yet-unnamed swordsman fighting for his life against the invading forces of the Mongol Empire, living out real historical events that kicked off in the year 1274. Prepare yourself for plenty of intense melee combat in a large, open-world take on feudal Japan. 

The Last of Us Part 2 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: TBC

The Last of Us Part 2 picks up the story of Joel and Ellie five years after the original game. While survival in a post-outbreak world will still be the key theme of the game, we know very little else... other than the fact that Ellie is seriously pissed off about something in the reveal trailer. Fan theories suggest that Joel is actually dead and Ellie is simply imagining him, but we won’t know for sure until Naughty Dog reveals more.

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