VERGE’S TOP 13 UPCOMING 2019 GAMES

Be prepared for the brand-new generation of video-games coming to all gaming platforms in 2019, as we give you Verge’s Top 13 Upcoming 2019 games to get excited about.

13) Skull & Bones

On June 17th 2017, Ubisoft announced at E3 2017, an all-new, pirate action-adventure game giving an experience which focuses mainly on naval combat across the ocean featuring single-player and multiplayer modes. This is brought to you from the creators of popular series including:

  • Tom Clancy’s series
  • Far Cry series
  • Watch Dog series
  • The Crew series
  • South Park: The Video Game series
  • Assassin’s Creed series

At E3 2018, Ubisoft’s conference gave us a better big look at the gameplay; the game will be set in the Indian Ocean, after the British Empire banned piracy in the Caribbean Ocean. From here, you’ll sail the Indian Ocean, raiding trade ships, stamping out rival pirate captains and finally having the ability to manipulate the game to bypass the pirate hunters. Player’s interaction with other players will matter as you will have the choice to draw your sword and brawl it out or team up with others and seek treasure in the evolving world. In the game there will be ‘Fortunes’ that will reveal changes in factions, weather and trade routes. Rewarding heists will widen extra resources and reputation. Nonetheless, power comes at a price and as your reputation and wealth grow you’ll consistently become a target for other pirates. It’s at this point in this game that it might become extremely dangerous to sail alone and you’ll need to start expanding a fleet of ships as well as constructing and ruining alliances with other pirate captains.

There has been no official release date for ‘Skull & Bones’ but its planned to be released some time during 2019.

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12) Death Stranding

Since Sony’s press conference at E3 2016, on June 11th 2018 we got a deeper viewing of a debut project in E3 2018 from Kojima Productions lead by Hideo Kojima, creator of the popular and phenomenal ‘Metal Gear’ series. They announced a brand-new, defining experience exclusively for the PlayStation4. The game stars memorable actors such as The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus who plays Sam Bridges and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen this role isn’t clear in the game yet. It’s unmistaken that Kojima has put a lot of planning into this game and it is worth the wait. The main character (Sam Bridges) must survive in a world revolutionized by the Death Stranding. Carrying the stranded remnants of the future, Sam enters a journey to reunite the shattered world one step at a time. Sam will deliver numerous combinations of features as well as wield a futuristic rifle – there hasn’t been a confirmed explanation on how these elements will be playable in open-world multiplayer game that will connect other players to each other at the moment.

Death Stranding is set where reality goes a little haywire with sea life stranded on beaches connected to unusual umbilical cord-like objects and various mystical and several skeleton zombie soldiers. It isn’t clear what the game meaning is supposed to be but it has created a curious and bizarre setting for the game filled with invisible creatures, babies in futuristic incubators and some freaky physics which makes it more exciting to play through and discover the truth behind the chaos.

On March 29th 2019, Death Stranding will be available exclusively on PlayStation4.

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11) KINGDOM HEARTS III

On June 16th 2015, Square Enix and Disney Interactive announced the third instalment of the beloved ‘KINGDOM HEARTS’ series. The game has been teased bit by bit with trailers but finally a more detailed trailer was revealed in E3 2018. The ambitious gaming crossover looks enchanting, magical and plays just as well which lives up to the expectation that old fans and new would enjoy. Square Enix are notorious for such role-playing games series including ‘FINAL FANTASY’ and ‘Dragon Quest’, gives fans the experience they have been looking forward to for decades.

‘KINGDOM HEARTS III’ takes place after the events of ‘KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance’ with King Mickey and Riku hunting after the remaining keyblade wielders. Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy, on the other hand, are busy in pursuit of the Seven Guardians of light across countless different worlds. All of this is being buttoned up in a heart-felt attempt to stop Master Xehanort’s evil plan in the first referred in the previous games. Although the game is absolutely a role-playing game, it generally feels much closer to an action-packed game. There’s a lot of new features to keep track of in ‘KINGDOM HEARTS III’ but there are some confirmed new levels such as:

  • Kingdom of Corona (‘Tangled’)
  • San Fransokyo (‘Big Hero 6’)
  • Olympus Coliseum (‘Hercules’)
  • Andy’s Room (‘Toy Story’)
  • Monstropolis (‘Monsters, Inc.’)
  • Kingdom of Arendelle (‘Frozen’)
  • Port Royal (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’)

On January 25th 2019, ‘KINGDOM HEARTS III’ will be available on PlayStation4 and Xbox One.

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10) JUMP FORCE

On June 10th 2018, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment revealed the biggest reaction of the night at Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference ‘JUMP FORCE’. A new fighting game where characters from some of the most popular manga and anime series of all time will unite to fight against eachother. The most recent surprising additions to the ‘JUMP FORCE’ roster which includes:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki (BLEACH series)
  • Rukia Kuchiki(BLEACH series)
  • Sosuke Aizen (BLEACH series)
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto series)
  • Goku (Dragon Ball series)
  • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
  • Frieza (Dragon Ball series)
  • Sasuke (Naruto series)
  • Zoro (One Piece)
  • Light Yagami (Death Note)
  • Ryuk (Death Note)
  • Gon (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Vegeta (Dragon Ball series)
  • Sanji (One Piece)

The game is a 3v3 arena fighting game that’s essentially designed to settle every single anime-inspired playground ‘What if’ discussion you’ve had with your friends. Can Goku beat Luffy? Would Naruto pummel Frieza? You can build a team out of various manga series, combat style uses eye-catching combos and swift access to some powerful moves. Fill up your power bar and you can activate a super form for character to apply your ultimate super move to achieve much damage on your opponent. Between the combos, throws, parries and rapid movement options, it is easy to say without a doubt that gameplay is remarkably stunning and beautiful to play. When hits connect there’s a real sense of impact, especially with heavy smashes and gigantic energy blasts, the gameplay will build a lot of excitement for anime fans to finally execute favourite anime attacks from various memorable and unforgettable anime shows and manga.

There has been no official release date for ‘JUMP FORCE’ but its set to come in 2019 for PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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9) World War Z (2018)

On December 8th 2017, Saber Interactive and Paramount Pictures revealed a zombie-thriller experience coming to PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC, based on the American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forester ‘World War Z’. The a new trailer offers a quick look at gameplay, which appears to heavily consist of mowing down hundreds of hordes of zombies which brings an overwhelming adventure.

The trailer shows a group of survivors setting up mounted machine guns and constructing barricades as they face swarms of enemies. ‘World War Z’ is primarily as a four-player co-op action game which takes place in a range of locations, including Jerusalem, Moscow and New York. The campaign focuses on survivor stories and missions around the world, you’ll be able to destroy scenary and change the zombies’ flow, but equally they will overrun areas of your defence forcing you to react. Zombies can even swarm over each other to form ladders, as seen in the film’s most terrifying scenes in Jerusalem.

There has been official release date for ‘World War Z’ but its set to come in 2019 for PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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8) Metro Exodus

On June 11th 2017, Deep Silver and 4A Games’ third instalment of the epic survival horror first-person shooter series ‘Metro Franchise’ was announced. The series never fails to focus on the grim and horrifying atmosphere along with the dread of a nuclear apocalypse that makes the pressure of the game stand out. In the freezing Badlands of Russia in the center of a nuclear winter, it also remains a fascinating place to explore, discover and survive in.

‘Metro Exodus’ begins with a journey across Russia with Artyom (our main protagonist) seeking to escort his friends and loved ones to a place of salvation which is done aboard a colossal train that must contend with numerous threats. The game will be split into four periods of the tale, most likely Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each will be lengthy chapters with equally massive areas to sink into. Metro Exodus offers the choices players will make in dealing with situations which will be important to its unfolding story, the cultists are hostile and a few are lightly armed but as Artyom notes in the his journal which you can check the details of the journey throughout the game. You can sneak past enemies and spare their lives, or you can murder your way and give them no mercy!

On February 22nd 2019, ‘Metro Exodus’ will be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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7) RAGE 2

On May 14th 2018, Bethesda Softworks, id Software and Avalanche Studios announced the surprizing sequel of ‘RAGE’. The brilliant minds behind most enjoyable games which include:

  • DOOM series
  • Just Cause series
  • Fallout series
  • Prey
  • Wolfenstein series

It’s pleasing to see two of the biggest studios in the management collaborating to make what is set to be an astonishingly impressive shooter. Combining id Software’s technical excellence with shooters and Avalanche’s ability to create engaging open worlds with entertaining ways to explore them. ‘RAGE’ is an open world first-person shooter based in a sprawling wasteland familiar to the first instalment, players will have access to all of the lethal weapons including a recklessly stylish wingstick. Vehicles will have a big role to play alongside the ton of firearms and equipment you’ll be shooting around the place. The game sets many years after the events of the first game, once humanity but was turned to a apocalyptic world. The sequel still remains in the terrible Badlands but swarming with not only rival marauder gangs but bloodthirsty mutants. You control the last remaining ‘Ranger’ of the wasteland while story remains mysterious, we know your mission will involve fighting the leader of the villainous authority ‘General Cross’. Every element of ‘RAGE 2’ pushes you to play aggressively, to go after every single enemy with everything you had. Ammo is always in great supply, so you can use the weapon you want to use. Your special nanite-powered abilities, including a quick dash, telekinetic “shatter” push and jumping “slam” attacks, all refresh quickly. This sequel looks like the best version of ‘RAGE’.

On June 2019, ‘RAGE 2’ will be available for PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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6) CRACKDOWN 3

Microsoft Studios alongside Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine announced at E3 2014 the third instalment of the justice-fighting ‘Crackdown’ series, although during Microsoft E3 2018 they gave us a full gameplay trailer. Back in action with some new features like the destruction of buildings with enough rockets which will topple and fall crushing any buildings, vehicles and players in its path. The game follows previous flow of the series, putting your character in the role of a futuristic super-cop with a suit of powered armour and futuristic weapons that make you more powerful than most superheroes or a regular cop.

As a super-cop obliged to the law you’re then expected to roam around the open world city, picking up missions and dealing with different situations plaguing the city’s residents. Each of the colour-coded gangs controls specific areas of the city that are marked on your map. To wipe out the gang you have to go in with guns blazing and terminate every enemy in each of their enemy’s hangouts and bases. By leaping off the top of the tall iconic skyscraper while spying on a group of enemies below, you can hit them with Crackdown’s iconic ground pound attacks. Surprisingly ‘Terry Crews’ is the shown in the trailer as Commander Jaxon who wants you to join the open-world mayhem, take back the city and deliver the enemies justice.

On February 2019, ‘CRACKDOWN 3’ will be available on Xbox One and PC.

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5) Gears 5

On June 10th 2018, Microsoft Studios and The Coalition reveal the first trailer to the fifth instalment to the Xbox original legendary gore-fest third person shooter ‘Gears of War’ series, The trailer follows up from the ending of ‘Gears 4’ with the sigil of the locust re-appearing around the neck of Kait, one of the main characters in the campaign. Marcus Fenix and James Dominic Fenix return in company with the rest of the ‘Gears 4’ squad to explore the frozen tundra’s and lush jungles shown alongside narrow halls. Player’s will play as Kait Draz as she takes center stage as she embarks on a new adventure deep into the swarm territory, the gameplay we know and love with advanced big guns, lots of shooting and more violence. We can expect to see original intense and incredibly violent third person shooter back and better than before with the return of the lancer and the gushing shotgun.

There has been no official release date on ‘Gears 5’ but it’ll definitely be some time in 2019 which will be exclusively to Xbox One and PC.

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4) Ghost of Tsushima

On October 30th 2017, Sucker Punch Productions announced a tremendous and enthusiastic action-adventure set in the world of old-fashioned and futuristic Japan but gameplay footage was shown in E3 2018. From the creators of memorable PlayStation exclusive series ‘Infamous’, You play as a samurai, exploring an open-world and engaging in missions. Stealth will play a part in the game as well as some fairly brutal melee combat, tense and tough one-on-one duels which rely on you not withdraw until the exact moment to strike an attack. The one-on-one fight gives us a best idea of the game’s combat, which seems to place a heavy emphasis on dodging your enemies attacks.

The campaign has a very interesting story with the main character ‘Jin’, a man raised with the art of samurai who must defend his island from a Mongolian invasion. However, all of Jin’s masters have been slain during the conflict, due to the actions of the Mongolians not conforming to the rules of samurai, leading Jin to question everything he has been taught and follow his samurai way.

Sucker Punch Productions has always and consistently delivered excellent levelling mechanises and well-paced unlocking of new abilities and this new and exciting development looks like a great, excessive and exceptional game to play.

There was no official release date for ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ but hopefully it’ll be released in 2019 available exclusively for PlayStation4.

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3) Anthem

On June 11th 2017, EA’s BioWare revealed an all-new shared-world action role playing game. From the creators of award-winning game series ‘Mass Effect’ and ‘Dragon Age’, the game will have you team up, grind missions for loot, upgrade and customise your javelin exosuit to fly around in style while confronting every type of dangerous creatures. If you’re looking for a big, skillful and explosive action game that you can play with your friends in the online co-op MMO for the foreseeable future, ‘Anthem’ will be the game you need.

The game story unfolds in a world, abandoned by the gods, known as Shapers. They left their tools behind, immense and all-powerful alien artifacts for shaping the planet and nature, most of the game resolves around trying to manage or calm the chaos they create. You play a “freelancer”, who pilots a powered exosuit called a javelin. The freelancers protect humanity from enemy factions, like the rival dominion, the vaguely alien Scar, and giant bugs called The Swarm.  You must keep fighting to protect the world and keep everyone alive. ‘Anthem’ is first and foremost a beautiful game, not only the characters, exosuits, environments, and effects all sharp and dynamic which keeps the interesting to play and to discover more of the open-world within the game.

On February 22th 2019, ‘Anthem’ will be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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2) Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

On June 10th 2018, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment revealed the second instalment to the online co-op RPG third-person shooter ‘The Division 2’. The game brings the game to a new city and a new state of an existing apocalyptic ruin. The first game was set in a wintry Manhattan just after a devasting chemical attack that brought the American society to its knees. Hopping ahead seven months, the sequel turns its gaze south to Washington D.C. The hot and boiling summer also lack of groundwork by the society crushing disaster have turned the nation’s capital into a swamp. You are a member of the mysterious Division, an alliance of people set to activate when America is in crisis. Your objective is to help restore order and seek to use the capitol to stop depraved gangs and cults.

The game offers players an intriguing world where they could work together, or against each other while collecting loot and fighting a virus to save the city with all-new and improved settings, gorgeous visuals and the same excellent gameplay.

Character types that will allow more weapons and abilities for even greater depth, the three playable specialisations in this build were demolition, sharpshooter and survivalist which will be effective in gun-battles against enemy’s or other players. ‘The Division 2’ is a visually stunning game that is set to evolve everything that the first game was, and now with an new setting and tons more content for players to dive in and start unlocking. Plus all content is free for players!, so there’s no excuse to not to be excited for the game.

On March 15th 2019, ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division 2’ will be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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1) Devil May Cry 5

On June 10th 2018, Capcom revealed a new announcement trailer for the fifth instalment of the popular demon-slashing series ‘Devil May Cry 5’ showing as a true sequel that fans have been waiting for. Nero, Dante and some old and new friends are set to return alongside an endless horde of demons which will need to be vanquished. The game goes back to its old roots with it’s foul-mouthed Dante and Nero also the obsessive relationship with dubstep. Along with the announcement, a trailer debuted with intense gameplay featuring demon hunter Nero and his new weapons. After dropping Nero off, he is thrown straight into the action; Red Grave City has been devasted, with demon running amongst the non-existent, demonic enemies and with that being said It’s time to get into the action.

Devil May Cry 5’s most special and new feature comes in ‘The Devil Breaker’ which is Nero’s arm. Nero’s arm can be detached and customised to your liking with an array of unique powers. When its used, it will throw a horrendously hard punch before the arm spews forth a constant beam of energy which causes an absurd amount of damage. Returning features such as ‘Nero’s Red Queen Sword and Blue Rose Revolver have also been gifted a scandalous redesign that helps his character become more powerful. Upgrades and customisation will be handled by Nico and her trusty transit van, which can seemingly appear at certain points in the world to help Nero up on the fly and hopefully some bonus unlockable costumes. ‘Devil May Cry 5’ is aiming to make combat feel heavy and well-improved then the previous entries. Sending enemies back to the depths they came from will be a blast, especially when you’re doing it in creative and gory ways.

On March 8th 2019, ‘Devil May Cry 5’ will be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.

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