We’re six months into the year and the gaming industry isn’t slowing down one bit! Here are our most anticipated games still to come in 2019.
As we sadly wave goodbye to E3 2019, it’s time to look towards the future now that the bulk of this year’s major titles have firm release dates. There’s no shortage of AAA titles releasing each month—from brand new IPs to long-awaited sequels—to get immersed in.
With so many releases, I’ve narrowed it down to my eight most anticipated games of 2019. Let’s get right into it!
Most anticipated games of 2019
- Gears 5
- Borderlands 3
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- The Outer Worlds
- Luigi’s Mansion 3
- Death Stranding
- Doom Eternal
Remedy has built a reputation for creating narrative-driven, third-person action games with a unique supernatural twist. It appears Remedy is once again trying to check all those boxes with Control. Our protagonist, Jesse Faden, has access to upgradable telepathic powers whilst fighting invading forces. Control is being developed to be more non-linear, somewhat akin to a Metroidvania.
Control will also be the first Remedy game to release on a PlayStation console since the early Max Payne days. With more eyes on the game, it will be interesting to see if Control can find a major audience, or become a cult title like Alan Wake and Quantum Break.
I have a deep respect for the Gears of War franchise. There are very few games that can replicate the smooth and snappy cover system Gears is known for. The Coalition has placed our previous companion, Kait Diaz, on centre stage this time around and I’m interested to see how her story unfolds after the ending of Gears of War 4.
During the Microsoft E3 conference, The Coalition unveiled the new Escape mode. The three-person co-op mode caught my eye and I look forward to completing runs with my squad. At the end of the day, having a Lancer in my hands will always make me a happy camper!
Gears 5 is set to release on September 10, 2019, on Xbox One.
It’s been far too long since we’ve been able to team up with our friends for some proper Vault-hunting. Borderlands paved the way for today’s looter-shooter craze, so I’m intrigued to see what Gearbox has learned over the years and will bring to the table.
Although we won’t have Handsome Jack badgering at us over comms, we do get to catch up with a not-so-Tiny Tina and see how Gearbox utilizes Tales From the Borderland’s Rhys and Vaughn. Let’s hope we get a surprise cameo from Loader Bot!
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
I find it hard to not be enamoured by the overall aesthetic of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake. Koholint Island looks rich in bright colours, and the characters are beaming as well. The game’s art style looks like you’re interacting with an incredibly detailed diorama.
Although I’m dreading the Evil Eagle boss fight, the thought of dungeon-diving sounds like a perfect fall treat!
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening releases September 20, 2019, on Switch.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment knows RPGs inside and out. They made Fallout: New Vegas, after all! The Outer Worlds is a blank slate for the studio and I’m hoping Obsidian is able to once again offer moral-grey decisions and impactful consequences throughout the story. The contrast between bright, vibrant locales and low-tech weaponry and ships makes for a compelling world to be a part of.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
The Luigi’s Mansion series has a personality of its own, with the series managing to mesh comedy and horror in a very Nintendo way. With features like hearing Luigi terrifyingly call out for Mario never getting old, I was already pretty invested in being able to once again play a Luigi’s Mansion game on the big screen. What kicked Luigi’s Mansion 3 up a notch was the introduction to Gooigi and the inclusion of meaningful co-op mechanics. Make sure you check out our interview with the game’s producers at E3!
While Nintendo has not given a definitive release date on Luigi’s Mansion 3, I’m still holding on hope that we may sink our teeth into the game come Halloween season.
We’re getting closer to the release date of Kojima’s Death Stranding and we still don’t even fully know what the game is about. What are the Homo Demons? And what’s going on with the baby? There’s so much intrigue revolving around Death Stranding. Whether it’s a smash hit or not, the lead up will go down as one of the most interesting segues to a game this generation.
I don’t need to see any more than I already have. Death Stranding makes my most anticipated list mainly due to curiosity and getting to the bottom of all this.
Death Stranding is set to launch on November 8, 2019, exclusively on PS4.
Finally, rounding out the list is Doom Eternal. Doom (2016) capitalized on frenetic and satisfying gameplay, while Doom Eternal seems to kick it up a notch with the new traversal tools and it looks like one hell of a ride. Based on the two gameplay demos that have released, id Software knows exactly what we’re all craving!
Doom Slayer pulls no punches as he shoots and tears his way through a rising siege of Hell’s forces on Earth. If you played the last Doom, you’ll recall the fascinating lore and world-building id Software included through collectibles. I hope we get the same treatment this time around as an incentive to explore every corner of each level.