Although some of us might be scratching our heads and wondering how exactly it's 2019 (seriously, folks, what gives), there's never been a more exciting time to be a PS4 owner. After a stellar year with God of War and Spider-Man PS4, if everything aligns, 2019 is going to be even better. With rumblings of The Last of Us 2 arriving alongside the Resident Evil 2 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3, you're about to be rather busy indeed with this little lot of upcoming PS4 games.
A note on this list: it's all done in release date order, and we've picked out the biggest games we know about that are 100% confirmed to appear. These upcoming PS4 games aren't necessarily exclusives either, so some will appear on other consoles, and most will be Pro enhanced, so you should consider picking up a PS4 Pro deal ASAP. And for those that have a virtual reality element to them, be sure to check out the best PlayStation VR bundles here.
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Kingdom Hearts 3
Release date: January 25, 2019
What is it? A finale to the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, featuring a mix of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. And TOY STORY.
Why it's so interesting: The other Square Enix RPG is finally getting a follow up that doesn't have a ridiculous naming convention. It's something that a niche but ardent group of fans have been waiting for since 2006. What's the reason for their insanity? Well, Kingdom Hearts fanatics have had plenty to play since KH2, mostly on portable consoles, but none of it was the real deal… until now. We finally have our third instalment, and perhaps with it will come some closure but who cares about that when we've got Woody and Buzz from Toy Story getting in on the action. Who knows how it will all tie in but we're excited.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Release date: January 25, 2019
Genre: Survival horror
What is it? A complete remake of the horror classic from 1998. This is a classic Resi zombie outing.
Why it's so interesting: To call this a remake is perhaps doing it a disservice. This is actually a complete reworking of the original Resident Evil 2, made in the Resident Evil 7 engine, with new puzzles, scenarios, environments and all kinds of other treats. Crucially, though, it stays very close to the original game, so fans will recognise familiar places and events as they play through. The big talking point right now is the incredible limb-removal system, which lets you literally shoot pieces off zombies - like removing an arm, or blasting them at the knees to eviscerate legs. The game plays slightly differently each time you smash through it, and the Leon and Claire campaigns are still separate - just like in the original.
Release date: February 22, 2019
What is it? Part-Destiny and part-Titanfall 2, BioWare's Anthem sees you whizz around a planet in an exosuit, shooting anything that comes your way. With your buddies in tow.
Why it's so interesting: Anthem is proof that there's still the demand for something new in games. It looks beautiful, with lush exotic forests filled with things to shoot at, giving you (a Freelancer) plenty to find when you venture beyond the wall that protects the last vestiges of civilisation. Decked out in your exosuit, otherwise known as a Javelin, you can alter your playstyle and combat type by switching them out every now and again like Warframe.
Release date: February 15, 2019
Genre: Action/horror RPG
What is it? A return to the apocalyptically dangerous wasteland of Russia, complete with mutated rodents, scarce resources, and this time a giant train chugging along the tracks.
Why it's so interesting: The return to 4A Game's notoriously brutal world is a welcome one, as this time the landscape is looking remarkably colourful. Well, for a wasteland, that is. There's the return of the trademark low-tech clipboard for a quest menu, but the most interesting bit is that it looks like you're going to be travelling around above ground this time instead of sticking to the sewers. Thanks to the train rumbling down the tracks, you'll get to see more of the country and will probably be sent on supply runs for the locomotive. It looks like a welcome change of pace, and we can't wait to see what Metro is like this time around.
Devil May Cry 5
Release date: March 8, 2019
What is it? A hack 'n' slash action adventure with more leather jackets and sass than you can shake a heavy blade at.
Why is it so interesting: If you like action, big weapons, massive boss fights and a little bit of OTT silliness, Devil May Cry 5 is the game for you. Set several years after Devil May Cry 4, there's a new and rather unusual phenomenon that's appear in Red Grave City, that involves a giant tree that is using its roots to drain the citizens' blood. Creepy. Combine all that with OTT weapons, a badass soundtrack and you're off.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Release date: March 12, 2019
Genre: Action RPG
What is it? The sequel to the original Division title from Ubisoft; an online shooter / RPG experience set in Washington DC
Why it's so interesting: The Division was originally met with joyous adulation for its Destiny-esque persistent online multiplayer, but beyond the main storyline and a few brief outings to the Dark Zone, it couldn't really hold the player base. But now, with The Division 2, we're going to do it all again, and Ubisoft is promising it's much, much better. Rather than a New York setting, The Division 2 takes us to Washington DC where the post-pandemic world needs order restoring and someone - you - to prevent the entire collapse of the city. It relies on team work, character building and a lot of bullets, and should be incredible - post apocalyptic - fun.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Release date: March 22, 2019
What is it? The brand new game from the studio that brought you Dark Souls, Demon Souls and Bloodborne, but this time it's samurai themed.
Why it's so interesting: A brand new IP from FromSoftware is a big deal. These are the guys that are responsible for making some of the hardest, and most divisive games, on the planet, so for FromSoftware to be doing a samurai-inspired title is a massive. It's part stealth, part action, part ohdeargodthisissohard. The graphics are stunning, the combat complex, the baddies bad, ugly and very mean, and it should be one of the games to go down in history.
Release date: April 26, 2019
What is it? With the world seemingly in ruins, it's time to avoid hordes of Freakers. Yes, they can run.
Why it's so interesting: Zombie games might be a dime a dozen at this point, but Days Gone, Sony Bend Studio's open-world, post-apocalyptic third-person adventure, treats the not-quite-dead a bit differently. Squeezing into drifter Deacon St. John’s boots, you’re attempting to live out the end of the world on the dangerous open road. You have to learn how to manage a swarm of infected called Freakers - who aren't actually dead - if you want to survive. These disgusting creatures flood through the environment, forcing you to run for your life, pulling down objects in the environment to slow their charge. While you can shoot a machine gun or toss a grenade into the crowd, your ammo reserves won't last forever, so you'll need to come up with more creative ways to overcome the swarm.
Turn to page two to see what other upcoming PS4 games are in store for 2019 and beyond...