Sony’s family of PS4 consoles are set to have a fantastic 2019. If things go like many are expecting, this could be the final year of back-to-back blockbusters for the platform until the next generation is ushered in with the PS5 and Xbox Two. If this turns out to be true, we’ll be very happy with The Last of Us Part 2, Death Stranding and Days Gone as swansongs for the 90+ million selling platform.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
After the controversial Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its ill-advised focus on microtransactions and lootboxes, Electronic Arts seems eager to win back the favour of players with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. From the creators of Titanfall, this single-player adventure will put players into the shoes of a fledgling Jedi fleeing from The Empire.
Taking place after the events of Revenge of the Sith in a period known as The Dark Times, this third-person adventure teases some hugely exciting sci-fi situations we can’t wait to experience. Here’s hoping that Fallen Order will break the unlucky streak we’ve seen from Star Wars titles this generation.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Developer: Square Enix
After years of rumours and anticipation, one of the most beloved JRPGs of all time is finally being reimagined in the form of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The project is a gargantuan undertaking, which explains why it might be split into multiple entries simply to cover the original story.
Updates on its development have been thin on the ground lately, with many of Square Enix’s resources going into finishing Kingdom Hearts 3, which has now released. So, could 2019 see yet another glimpse at FF7 Remake? Fingers crossed for now.
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Release Date: November 22, 2019
Developer: id Software
After the explosive 2016 reboot, DOOM is on a resurgence nobody could’ve expected after such a long absence. Fighting hordes of demons as they spawned from the depths of hell as The Marine was bloody, satisfying and simply felt fantastic to play.
Now, we’re set to receive a sequel with DOOM Eternal. Just like the original DOOM 2, it’s Hell on Earth and your enemies leave the scorching surface of Mars in favour of our lovely little planet. Civilisation hasn’t taken too kindly to our new guests, so it’s time to kick some butt!
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Release Date: November 8, 2019
Developer: Kojima Productions
Hideo Kojima still refuses to tell us what Death Stranding is actually about, instead delighting in dropping obscure hints that cause fans to pore over every detail in trailers and interviews.
What we definitely know is that Kojima has rounded up an impressive cast of actors for Death Stranding, including Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Léa Seydoux. Sam Porter Bridges, played by Reedus, needs to overcome literal shadowy threats as he delivers all manner of things, including fetuses in glass containers.
If you’ve played Kojima’s Metal Gear series, you know that logic is largely optional. What you get however, is something truly ambitious and likely unique.
Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Sucker Punch
Ghost of Tsushima is a really easy sell, as demonstrated by Sucker Punch’s game director Nate Fox: “Is there a game that you always wished someone would make, but they never did?”
Assassin’s Creed could’ve done it, Nioh certainly got close, but so far, no game has provided an open-world experience in feudal Japan, even though the setting should be all the way up there with exploring space or becoming a pirate.
One thing is clear, the makers of Infamous know how to design beautiful open worlds. There’s a lot of love for detail in the trailer, and becoming a hero against the Mongol armies is likely going to teach you a thing or two about this part of Japan’s history, too.
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The Last of Us Part 2
Release Date: 2019
Developer: Naughty Dog
Even after Naughty Dog had broken with jump and runs and rebranded themselves as developers of action games with memorable heroes, the tone of The Last of Us was still new.
The consideration of the human elements in a zombie story made it a tense game to play. Violent and gruesome, it didn’t shock for the sake of shocking. The expectations to deliver something similarly nuanced in The Last of Us Part 2 are high.
Not much has been revealed, but it doesn’t look as if everyone miraculously made up. Instead, Ellie is older now and out for revenge, another addition to the growing team of female game protagonists who can take care of themselves.
Release date: 2019
Developer: Lab Zero Games
Indivisible is a sidescroller with a mix of RPG and platforming elements. It has a strong visual style with hand-drawn 2D animations. Throughout the game’s funding process on Kickstarter the team at lab Zero Games, previously responsible for the brawler Skullgirls, has revealed a range of interesting characters with different gameplay abilities.
The story focuses on Anja, a young woman from a rural town who discovers her ability to absorb mysterious incarnations and use them in battle. To learn more about her new powers, she sets out on a quest that is sure to provide a healthy dose of old-school RPG nostalgia, not least thanks to the music by Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta.
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Developer: Experiment 101
Release Date: 2018
This open-world action-adventure seems to be combining the best elements of a world in the style of Monster Hunter and… Devil May Cry’s pistol and sword combat of all things.
In Biomutant, you take control of a raccoon-like creature that is trying to find a cure for its world, in which a mysterious poison turns all inhabitants into monsters. Body augmentations and a large number of weapons promise variety in combat, while the world with jungles, deserts, and snowy mountains looks too pretty not to explore.
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: April 16, 2020
CD Projekt Red has teased the existence of Cyberpunk 2077, inspired by the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, for quite some time, before finally releasing a trailer during this year’s E3.
Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be a hybrid of a first person shooter with an RPG, giving you multiple ways to complete missions through situational decision-making as well as plenty of ways to augment your character.
CD Projekt Red are by now renowned for detailed open worlds and a great narrative thanks to The Witcher series. To have them develop their own take on the world of tomorrow is an exciting prospect, although we may have to wait a good while yet.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Developer: Infinity Ward
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Infinity Ward is returning to the well that helped redefine first-person shooters in the modern era with 2019’s reimagining of the 2007 classic. The studio is aiming for a gritty, realistic experience that aims to shock and provide the player with spectacle in equal measure. It’s a delicate balancing act, and here’s hoping they get it right.
Unlike last year’s Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare will feature a fully-fledged solo campaign alongside dedicated multiplayer and an all-new co-operative mode. What the latter will entail remains unclear, although we’re hoping for the return of Special Ops. It wouldn’t be Modern Warfare without it, and Zombies has grown tiresome in recent iterations.
Watch Dogs Legion
Release Date: March 6, 2020
If you’re tired of hearing about Brexit all the time, we’ve got some bad news for you. Watch Dogs Legion takes us to a futuristic vision of London where the referendum has transformed the British capital into a dystopian hellscape dominated by emergent fascists and bleak authoritarian regime.
Legion allows you to take control of any and all characters across the open-world recruiting them to DedSec as a supporter of the resistance. Each operative will have distinctive perks, occupying one of three classes you can customise. However, lose them in battle and they’re gone forever. This sounds like a wonderful spin on the Watch Dogs formula, and we can’t wait to play more of it.
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Developer: YS Net
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue 3 has been 18 years in the making, having been brought to life with a crowdfunding campaign that saw passionate fans donate millions to make this project a reality. Now, four years after its announcement, the third instalment is almost upon us.
From what we’ve played, YSNet is determined to deliver Shenmue 3 is a similar vein to its predecessors. By that, we mean it’s cumbersome, clumsily delivered and undeniably charming as a result. It feels like it was pulled from a time capsuler and hurled onto modern consoles, and it’s worth admiring for that.
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