The 12 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019

After a year in which powerful consoles asserted their dominance with sprawling open worlds and seemingly endless attention to detail, it’s likely that we’ll see even more developers pushing the limits of what this current generation of systems can do. While it remains to be seen if Fortnite-style “Battle Royale” modes will rule the new year, nostalgia will run high as more and more studios plan remakes of beloved titles and even the consoles they played them on—will this be the year we see an N64 Classic? Here are the releases we can’t wait to play in 2019.


Anthem

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows

Release Date: February 22

Expectations are high for BioWare’s high-flying multiplayer action RPG. You and up to three “Freelancers” are explorers, going beyond the comforts of civilization in search of fame, fortune, and adventure. The game’s lead producer confirmed on Twitter that there won’t be any season pass or DLC required, a refreshing change of pace for gamers who’ve been going into debt just to keep up with the competition.

Pre-Order $ 80, gamestop.com

Battletoads

Platform: Xbox One

Release Date: TBD

We weren’t kidding about the nostalgia. Yes, the NES classic that you probably couldn’t beat without cheat codes is back. Details are sparse, but it promises beautiful 4K and a “3 player couch co-op.” There’s no way to pre-order yet, but as a certain corner of the internet knows, you can always call GameStop.

Crackdown 3

Platform: Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: February 15

The trailer for Crackdown 3 features Terry Crews, and in case that wasn’t enough to convince you, Crews’ character Commander Jaxon will be playable. You can play as Terry Crews. It’s a Crackdown game. Terry Crews!

Pre-Order $ 60, bestbuy.com

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

Platform: Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: February

Cuphead: Don’t Deal with the Devil was one of the most delightful surprises when it debuted back in 2017—the combination of creative gameplay and classic Merrie Melodies-style animation made it an instant favorite from indie developer StudioMDHR. In this expansion DLC, Cuphead and Mugman are back with a whole new adventure, new weapons, and a new playable character: Ms. Chalice.

Far Cry New Dawn

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows

Release Date: February 15

Set after the events of Far Cry 5 (and that controversial ending), New Dawn is bringing us back to Hope County for a different look at life after the apocalypse. With Fallout comparisons expected to run rampant, Ubisoft will have some big, radiation-resistant shoes to fill.

Pre-Order $ 60, bestbuy.com

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4

Release Date: Holiday 2019

Playing as a Jedi is nothing new; whether you were Luke Skywalker, a Knight of the Old Republic, or found your own path in an online game like Star Wars Galaxies, there have always been opportunities to be a lightsaber-swinging hero (or villain) in a galaxy far, far away. But Jedi Fallen Order takes us to the darkest place yet in the franchise’s history: As a “surviving Padawan” shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith, you’re the target of a crackdown on hokey religions and ancient weapons. May the Force be with you. You’re gonna need it.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Platform: Switch

Release Date: TBD

Those who’ve always been bigger fans of the other Mario brother will be pleased to see him getting top billing yet again with another Luigi’s Mansion title. The short teaser doesn’t reveal much, but expect another spooky romp through a haunted estate.

Mortal Kombat 11

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows

Release Date: April 11

The ultimate life-and-death tournament is back and bigger than ever. With an all-new graphics engine and a stacked roster of familiar Kombatants, it’s got something for fans new and old.

Pre-Order $ 60, bestbuy.com

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platform: Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: TBD

The long-anticipated sequel to the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest puts us on the path to uncover Ori’s true destiny. If it’s anything like the original, expect beautiful landscapes and a soundtrack to match. And as a bonus for GamePass subscribers, it will be available on Xbox’s “Netflix for Games” at launch.

Resident Evil 2

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows

Release Date: January 25

Like 2018’s remaster of Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil 2 is the latest PlayStation classic to get a fresh do-over on a modern console. The game that defined the survival horror genre looks better than ever as Leon and Claire do their best to get the hell out of Raccoon City.

Pre-Order $ 60, gamestop.com

Skull & Bones

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows

Release Date: TBD

If you expected more from 2018’s Sea of Thieves, which brought cartoonish pirate hijinks to the seven seas, then maybe Skull & Bones is what you needed all along. Ubisoft’s take looks as deadly and cutthroat as a pirate’s life ought to be, with naval battles and plenty of loot to plunder. Ready the cannons and pour the rum.

The Outer Worlds

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows

Release Date: TBD

As the trailer mentions in big bold letters, The Outer Worlds is a new sci-fi adventure from “the original creators of Fallout,” and that alone should tell you this one’s gonna be good. A first-person RPG set in outer space, it’s got the same retro-futuristic charm of the post-apocalyptic series with a sense of humor to boot. Mark this down as an early favorite for 2019.

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