2019's 10 Upcoming Video Game Releases
This year still has a lot of hot releases in its sleeve, probably, even more than some earlier years had in total. The presentations at E3 pulled up the curtain a bit, but the best is yet to come, and some of this best to come is already announced and scheduled.
Among all the upcoming games we selected the ten we thought the most interesting for us personally. It’s all very subjective, of course, but we are warning you that our taste was the only reason why these games are preferred to others. So don’t judge us for missing the point if our preferences differ.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood (07-26)
Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Stadia
It’s one of the loudest titles in video game history; one of the first 3D shooter series (along with Doom whose time will also come) set in alternative history, with Paris controlled by Nazis, and science of killing developed much higher. This is the first game for a long time that doesn’t feature BJ Blazkowicz as a playable character; he is lost somewhere in Paris and his two daughters hurry to the rescue. As now there are two protagonists, the game supports cooperative mode, with two players each controlling their own Blazkowicz Jr., and solo mode with one character controlled by player, and another one fully AI-ed.
The game continues the internal mythology, so, despite Hitler is dead, Nazi regime still stands, and its symbols are present in alternative 1980’s (Castle Wolfenstein is far from High Castle, but they share a lot).
PC, Xbox One, PS4
If you like action combined with mystics, this title is for you. In this third person adventure your character is the director of a secret agency, encountering the unknown aggressive power that puts the entire mankind under the most serious threat. Your predecessor was killed in a strange manner, and soon you’ll learn that it’s not the weirdest part of the story; the whole Control Bureau is taken over.
The game is strongly narrative-based, with no details to miss. The right decision means that you consider all you know about other agents who decided to resist and use your knowledge to tell an ally from an enemy. It reminds The Thing a bit, but with higher stakes. And, as for visual part, it’s intentionally as realistic as can be, to provide deepest immersion.
Shenmue III (09-10)
If you still adore Hong Kong martial action movies with Bruce Lee and pre-Hollywood Jackie Chan, you’ll appreciate this title. It keeps up to the previous installments’ style and follows Ryo Hazuki, a young Japanese martial master whose father had been killed in China. And now Ryo sets off for the continent, to start his own investigation and then revenge.
The game is worth your attention first of all because of its atmosphere. The China of the 1980s is made just greatly, with streets and fashion, talk and havoc, and, of course, its martial choreography, resembling ballet more than street melee. That’s the style we love Shenmue for.
Borderlands 3 (09-13)
PC, Xbox One, PS4, Stadia
The cult Space western of late 2000s is finally continued! The setting is the same: the colonists dwell on minor planets somewhere on the edge of the Solar System, some trying to get rich, some just making a living. It’s logical that you must care about two things in such a world: the first is survival, the second is loot, and sometimes they are just equal.
There’ll still be missions based on gathering loot from enemies, raiding and protecting bases, searching for chests, and so on. But the most distinct innovation is procedurally generated weapons; you won’t have enough time in your life to try all the possible variations. And this diversity is what you have probably never met in gaming. We are even more curious than you.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (09-20)
Not that it’s a completely new game. The cult masterpieces of Zelda series now look desperately obsolete, but renovation is more than just remastering. Link’s Awakening of 2019 will follow the original storyline with Link coming to himself on the island of dungeons, and there’ll be lots of dangers hidden underground, but there will be more than just an old song remixed.
Escaping Coholint Island still reminds us of the year 1993, with music pretending to be 8-bit, and visuals quoting the original are retro-modern. The gameplay mostly follows the original, but brings some innovations as well. Frankly speaking, true fans would be glad to have just the original of 1993, compatible with modern consoles. But this approach seems worthier.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (10-25)
PC, Xbox One, PS4
Well, the name is enough to predict that the new Call of Duty installment is a remake of the cult military action game, preserving its characters and basic settings, but renovating visuals and mechanics. And the guessing is right. In 2019 the famous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare of 2007 is reimagined and revamped, but it retains the original flavor.
Being a soldier means more than shooting sharp, and Call of Duty highlights this. Along with purely tactical decisions you’ll need to make moral choices that form your reputation. Killing a seemingly harmless civilian may be right or wrong, as well as letting them go. Your choice will also affect the storyline. As for action missions, you’ll be assisted by AI-controlled colleagues, and first-person view is the best option for aiming and (yes) shooting sharp. It’s equally necessary in straight up wars and in hybrid ones.
Death Stranding (11-08)
This PlayStation exclusive is something worth buying a PS4, despite the next generation is upcoming! Produced by Hideo Kojima, this game takes you to the post-apocalyptic world, shattered by cataclysms and mysterious monsters, so cities prefer isolation, and the mankind is shattered. Your character, Sam Porter-Bridges, has a telling name: he is one of those rare and brave travelers between cities, keeping the world together.
The time is out of joint here, and Sam Porter-Bridges is here to set it right. It’s rather hard to do, because time has strange manners here: for example, it can be raining time, and everything under this rain grows old in minutes.
Last but not least: the cast is stuffed with stars, like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Troy Baker, Léa Seydoux, or Margaret Qualley. And they aren’t just voicing the characters: the actors played their scenes that were later captured and digitized.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (11-15)
PC, Xbox, PS4
This year we are to see the final movie in the sequel trilogy of the most famous space saga of all times. Jedi: Fallen Order will be released even earlier than the movie hits the theatres, so it’s logical to suppose it contains no spoilers to it. And that’s right: the movie it’s closest to is Rogue One. Some characters (like So Gerrera) are here as well, and the “fallen order” has fallen to Darth Vader and Palpatine, not Kylo Ren.
The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the gameplay, but it’s very cinematic, making us hope the game will follow it. Stormtroopers and lightsabers, rays and inhuman creatures, rusty techs and rebel bases resonate in any fan’s heart. And in the end you hear some notes from Luke’s theme, so let’s hope.
Pokémon Sword and Shield (11-15)
Pokémon universe is always hungry for updates, and this fall Nintendo schedules two new titles that taste best together. The games exploit the same idea than any other Pokémon game: you become a trainer, fill your Pokédex, help your Pokémon evolve, and set them against other trainers’ Pokémon. This time you will also explore new wild lands and investigate the mystery behind Zacian and Zamazenta.
It’s not enough to throw a Pokéball to catch a wild Pokémon here: it will let one of your pocket monsters out, and they will fight. Your Pokémon should win in order to capture the opponent, so select your team wisely, according to the object.
Each of these games is formally independent, but they really work better when you have the two of them.
Doom Eternal (11-22)
PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
We started with another installment in a cult shooter saga, and so we finish. The new Doom installment is effectively a sequel to the 2016 remake, so The Doom Guy is here again with his big gun and hook, and many more weapons to use on demons.
The game is based on the newest engine id Tech 7, so it will feature twice as many various demons, much larger open world, better overall visuals and principally new multiplayer modes. For example, you can join somebody else’s single-player and join demon forces against them. Of course, the traditional cooperation modes are also here, as well as blood, gore, mystics and demonic attributes.
Anything Else to Expect?
Of course, this review couldn’t cover all the titles we’re interested in. Well, each of these deserves a special coverage, so nothing worthy will be forgotten. And what’s your most expected title?