The 30 most anticipated games of 2019

UPDATED: Borderlands 3 and more storm the list

We played a load of great games in 2018, from God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and plenty more in between, but now we're knee-deep into 2019's new releases.

And the rest of the year looks mighty fine indeed, with incredible-looking sequels and compelling original affairs in the mix. We've scoured the release lists and come up with our picks for the 30 most anticipated games that are set to arrive in 2019.

We'll be updating this list throughout the year as games release and others are announced, so check back regularly for the latest and greatest games out on the horizon.

1) The Last of Us Part II

Platform: PlayStation 4

Our most anticipated game of 2019 hasn't even been confirmed to release in the year – but we're so ravenous for it that we can't help but put it here anyway and hope it works out.

We picked the original The Last of Us as our all-time favourite game, and what we've seen so far of The Last of Us Part II only seems poised to deliver an even greater experience. Ellie is all grown up now and facing what seems to be some freaky cult, and Naughty Dog has put all of its additional expertise and skill into making this look pretty phenomenal.

Uncharted 4 lived up to the hype, after all, so why can't The Last of Us Part II?

Due: TBD

2) Cyberpunk 2077

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is one of the best games on the current generation of consoles, so it's no surprise that we have incredibly high hopes for Cyberpunk 2077, the next huge, open-world game from CD Projekt RED.

As the trailer shows, it's a very different kind of world, swapping classic fantasy for… well, cyberpunk in the futuristic American setting of Night City. You can customise your mercenary however you please and take on a wide array of missions, all of which look incredibly cool. Cyberpunk 2077 hasn't yet been officially confirmed for 2019, but given the extensive gameplay demo and hints of a release during the year, we feel pretty confident that it'll arrive before 2020.

Due: TBD

3) Doom Eternal

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

The 2016 Doom reboot was pretty awesome, but Doom Eternal is ready to amp things up to an entirely new level.

There's a whole lot of demon slaying going on here, with even more aggressive-looking action and a "meat hook" shotgun grappling hook attachment that lets you anchor into enemies and swing around the world. Even with that new element, Doom Eternal seems to keep the rapid-paced, run-and-gun dynamic that made the last game (and the classics) so much fun.

Due: TBD 2019

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4) Pokémon Sword and Shield

Platform: Nintendo Switch

It's finally happening: a proper, full-fledged, totally new Pokémon game is coming to Switch. Of course, it's really two games – Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield – which will share key elements but likely feature differences in the kinds of creatures you'll discover all the while.

Sword and Shield take players to the new Galar region, which is inspired by the UK and features a diverse array of terrain, plus it introduces adorable new Pokémon like Sorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble. The crisp, cel-shaded look finds the middle ground between last year's Pokémon: Let's Go and the most recent Nintendo 3DS entries, finally ushering the core series onto a home console… that's also a handheld, of course.

Due: Late 2019

5) Borderlands 3

Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

It's been ages since the brilliant Borderlands 2 captivated us with its strong shoot-and-loot hook, but Gearbox is finally back in action with a proper sequel – and it's coming this year.

First impression? Well, it doesn't look like Gearbox is really breaking from what's worked so well in past entries, with over-the-top characters, wild gunplay, a billion guns, and a gritty-meets-cartoonish aesthetic. But that's just fine with us. It's been so long since the last game that we're itching for a new chapter in this zany, guns-blazing saga.

Due: 13 September

6) Dreams

Platform: PlayStation 4

Media Molecule cemented its legendary status with the first two LittleBigPlanet games, but the studio might top those creative classics with its next game, Dreams.

Like LittleBigPlanet, Dreams is built around the "play, create, share" philosophy – but it provides a much broader toolset to create your own wild, distinctive game experiences and send them out into the world for other players to experience. The impressionistic art style looks incredible, and the ability to paint your worlds with the PlayStation Move controllers is probably the best non-VR reason to bust them out in years.

Due: TBD 2019

7) Ghost of Tsushima

Platform: PlayStation 4

Just feast your eyes on this trailer above. Ghost of Tsushima looks utterly gorgeous, and it comes from a studio with a real open-world pedigree: Sucker Punch Productions, the folks behind Infamous.

Set in 1274, Ghost of Tsushima drops samurai hero Jin Sakai into the middle of a fight for his home, as the Mongol Empire invades the Japanese island of Tsushima. This gameplay demo shows of a bit of what we're so excited about, with an incredible samurai duel set against falling leaves, dazzling terrain, and dreamy lighting effects.

Hopefully it has the story and gameplay to match the looks, but the first impression is massively impressive. Unfortunately, it's not yet confirmed for 2019, but it's been on the horizon for quite a while now.

Due: TBD

8) Control

Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

Remedy Entertainment doesn't make typical or boring action games, and from Max Payne to Alan Wake and Quantum Break, the studio has always innovated while entertaining. And Control looks just as captivating as those earlier favourites.

As the stylish trailer above shows, you'll wield a number of supernatural skills along with a firearm that can be wildly customised, all amidst a deeply surreal locale. The game looks fantastic, too, with some seriously impressive physics shenanigans in the mix. Remedy never disappoints, and Control looks to continue that trend this August.

Due: 27 August

9) Halo Infinite

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Halo 5: Guardians was a bit of a letdown, but Microsoft seems intent on turning a new leaf with Halo Infinite, which debuts a new game engine and brings back Master Chief as the focal point.

That's… pretty much all we know at this point, other than it's coming for both Xbox One and Windows 10, ending years of Xbox-exclusivity for the main shooter entries. The new engine looks pretty fantastic based on the brief demo above, but it doesn't give a sense of how far along development is. And a 2019 release isn't confirmed yet, although a rumour around E3 suggested a staggered release with single-player out in 2019 and multiplayer to follow in 2020.

Due: TBD

10) Mortal Kombat 11

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

It's back! NetherRealm Studios' iconic fighting favourite returns in 2019 with Mortal Kombat 11, which promises to deliver inventive new ways to utterly destroy your opponents.

The first trailer doesn't show any big tonal surprises: it's still wildly violent and gory, with Fatality moves that will surely walk the line between disturbing and hilarious. The trailer hints at some character changes, however, and the studio has promised fighter customisation along the lines of that seen in the great Injustice 2.

Due: 23 April

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11) Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Platforms: TBD

Respawn Entertainment has thus far made a couple of stellar Titanfall games, but its next project will take players to a galaxy far, far away – yes, that one.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order will tell an original tale set after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and it'll spotlight a Padawan who survived that film's grisly Order 66 massacre. Purported leaks suggest that it takes place five years after the film and claim that story details could come from the Star Wars comics.

The above promo video from 2016 shows a bit of motion capture and hyped-up talk around the game, but there's no official footage just yet. We're expecting that around E3 in June.

Due: Holiday 2019

12) Super Mario Maker 2

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Super Mario Maker was one of the Wii U's true gems, not only letting players create and share their own 2D Super Mario stages, but also including a wonderful assortment of Nintendo-developed oddities. We wondered why it hadn't been ported to Switch, and know we know: the sequel's coming instead.

Nintendo's first tease shows plenty of new elements, including the cat suits from Super Mario 3D World, sloped terrain, and custom scrolling behaviours, and it's sure to enable even more devious and entertaining levels. It's coming quick, too, with a release pegged for June.

Due: June 2019

13) Gears 5

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

We don't know for sure whether we'll see Halo Infinite in 2019, but Microsoft has had Gears 5 on the calendar for a while now – and it looks like a pretty appealing twist for the series.

After the fun but predictable Gears of War 4, it's nice to see Gears 5 introduce not only a heroine to lead the usually dude-heavy franchise, but also pack a lot more colour into what Microsoft says are the largest environments yet. We still expect cover-based blasting at the heart of the experience, but here's hoping Gears 5 is the shot in the arm the series needs.

Due: TBD 2019

14) Days Gone

Platform: PlayStation 4

Days Gone's tagline is "This World Comes for You," and based on what the trailer shows... yeah, that actually seems about right.

Sony's PS4 game feels like it's been on the horizon forever, since the first E3 2016 showing that dumped seemingly hundreds of frantic zombie-like enemies loose on your biker hero. The rest of the game has been fleshed out gradually over time, and we came away from our E3 2018 hands-on feeling pretty optimistic about where it's going.

Due: 26 April

15) Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

If you didn't play it, Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the absolute best games you can play on Xbox One (and pretty great on PC too) – and the sequel certainly sits on our 2019 wish list.

The original was both stunning and heartbreaking, and early trailers for Ori and the Will of the Wisps suggests much the same, with the first teaser promising tears and the second showing off some slick gameplay. It's still a side-scrolling platformer with a bit of a Metroid influence in tow, but now it promises a new combat system and a bunch of customisation options.

Due: TBD 2019

16) Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Platform: Switch

Nintendo's excellent tactical role-playing franchise has mostly lived on handhelds of late, with the recent 3DS entries being especially great – but a proper new release is coming to Switch in spring.

As the trailer shows, Fire Emblem: Three Houses looks to maintain what's so alluring about those portable gems, with sharp, turn-based strategic combat and dazzling anime cut-scenes that amp up the drama. If you don't know the franchise or you've only played the simplified mobile version, then this looks like the perfect place to start. And die-hards should be thrilled.

Due: 26 July

17) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo already released one unbelievably amazing Legend of Zelda game on Switch, but the next one won't be quite as epic or franchise-redefining in nature. In fact, it's a remake of an original Game Boy game.

Humble beginnings, no doubt, but The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening looks spectacular in its new form. It has an adorably cartoonish look like a CG movie, all while delivering a classic top-down (and occasionally side-scrolling) Zelda adventure refreshed for a new era. Good on Nintendo for not just porting another semi-recent Zelda, but actually giving fresh life to a beloved-but-very-dated old-school entry.

Due: TBD 2019

18) Jupiter & Mars

Platform: PlayStation 4

Well, this looks trippy. Jupiter & Mars apparently takes place well after humans have been wiped from the Earth by rising water levels, surely by their own folly (typical humans), as you control one dolphin and swim alongside another to discover what happened and shut down machines that are disturbing the ecological balance.

It's like a futuristic version of Ecco the Dolphin paired with the surreal vision of Child of Eden or Rez, as you navigate underwater terrain and use echolocation skills to see through the darkness and help solve puzzles. This ought to be an especially beautiful one to experience in PlayStation VR, although it's not required.

Due: 22 April

19) Rage 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

id Software's original Rage was hyped as a Doom or Quake-level sensation in the making, but the actual game ended up being a bit flat. The studio aims to avoid that fate this time around with the clearly amped-up Rage 2.

Featuring an injection of personality and Mad Max-esque enemies to blast through, Rage 2 also brings in some super-powered abilities that let you run rampant through the wasteland. It has a heavy vehicular focus, which looks fun, and the open-world veterans at Avalanche Studios are helping to hopefully make this world a lot more interesting than the last game's.

Due: 14 May

20) Astral Chain

Platform: Nintendo Switch

PlatinumGames has a knack for seriously crazy hack-and-slash action games, as seen with its Bayonetta series, and the Japanese developer will try to harness that wild energy again with its next Switch exclusive, Astral Chain.

From the debut trailer, we see a special police force in the city of the Ark, attractive anime-style characters, and some sort of robotic "Legion" ally to help battle alien foes from another dimension. In typical Platinum fashion, it looks like stylish and raucous fun, and should help ease the wait until Bayonetta 3 is properly revealed.

Due: 30 August

21) Super Meat Boy Forever

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Remember Super Meat Boy, the amazing, tough-as-nails side-scroller and major focus of the wonderful Indie Game: The Movie? Well, nine years have passed, and the franchise is finally coming back in the form of Super Meat Boy Forever.

What's changed? Well… Meat Boy and Bandage Girl have a daughter now, and you'll have to save her. Also, Meat Boy now runs on his own, letting you focus on jumping, mid-air attacks, diving, and sliding. It's a simplified version meant to play nice on touchscreens, likely, but adaptive difficulty and the same kind of driving ethos as the original game ensures that it'll be no walk in the park.

Due: April

22) Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Platforms: TBA

What, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus didn't finally satisfy your urge to shoot Nazis in the face? Fair enough: Bethesda and MachineGames are happy to deliver even more with Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

Series hero B.J. Blazkowicz is no longer the lead here; instead, it's his twin daughters, picking up 19 years after he left off in The New Colossus. They're on a quest to find their father in Nazi-controlled Paris in 1980, which should prove to be another entertaining locale. It's unclear whether this is a full-fledged campaign or a shorter spinoff, but we're in either way.

Due: TBA 2019

23) Ooblets

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Ooblets cites such inspirations as Pokémon, Animal Crossing, and Harvest Moon, and the combination of those elements looks irresistibly adorable.

This whimsical indie game is a bit of farming game at heart, but you'll grow and train the cute little Ooblet creatures and then battle them against each other. How do you battle, you might ask? With dancing, of course. Yes, this looks to be an odd little game, but that's exactly why we can't wait to plug our brains into it and wear a wide grin all the while.

Due: TBD 2019

24) In the Valley of Gods

Platforms: PC

Whatever you thought of Campo Santo's Firewatch – and our reviewer admittedly wasn't that hot on it – there was no denying that it was absolutely gorgeous, had fantastic characterisation, and was like nothing else out there. That's why we're excited about what we've seen of In the Valley of Gods.

Campo Santo's next game again has a very distinctive look, following a pair of women as they explore Egypt in the 1920s. There's backstory here: you're a disgraced explorer and filmmaker reteaming with a past partner that you definitely don't have a smooth relationship with. You'll revisit and rebuild that alliance over the course of this narrative adventure while documenting your quest.  

Due: TBA 2019

25) The Outer World

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer World is pegged as something of a spiritual successor to the studio's Fallout: New Vegas, and even has the original Fallout creators working on it.

It's said to be a smaller experience than New Vegas and the humour seems to have a dash of Borderlands about it, but this original universe seems plenty engaging. In typical Obsidian fashion, this role-player will grant you a significant amount of choice in the storyline and character development, while the new "flaws" system tracks your qualities and deficiencies and adjusts the experience accordingly.

Due: TBD 2019

26) Team Sonic Racing

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

We actually thought we'd be playing Team Sonic Racing last year, but Sega's latest kart racer quietly fell out of late 2018 and now looks to drop right before summer hits. And the timing is ideal, since this looks like bright and sunny fun.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was arguably the best Mario Kart knockoff we'd ever played, although Team Sonic Racing makes some tweaks to the formula. This time around, you'll work as a team with other racers to rule the road – plus it looks like the wider Sega homages have been axed in favour of a pure Sonic focus.

Due: 21 May

27) Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Now this is surprising. After a decade away, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise is back with a brand new entry – and this time, it's exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order brings in a more comic-like visual aesthetic, but otherwise it looks pretty similar to the past games, delivering an accessible action-RPG experience that hits a few different corners of the Marvel universe. This one is developed by Team Ninja (Dead or Alive), too, which is another interesting wrinkle. Should be a fun one.

Due: TBD 2019

28) Skull & Bones

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Spun out from the great naval combat seen in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (which just returned in Assassin's Creed Odyssey), Skull & Bones delivers a dedicated open-seas pirate simulation.

You can sail solo or team up with a crew, and the addition of role-playing elements should keep you glued to you ship as you attempt to become a legendary pirate captain. It's not actually an Assassin's Creed game, but hopefully Ubisoft can take that familiar core element and build a strongly compelling full-fledged experience out of it.

Due: TBD 2019

29) Minecraft: Dungeons

Platform: PC

Minecraft 2? Finally? No, not exactly – but this is the first new Minecraft experience that Mojang has developed in-house since the original blocky smash.

Minecraft: Dungeons apparently takes its cues from old-school dungeon-crawling role-players, letting you team up with a crew to battle through skeleton warriors and other demonic forces. Will it have enough depth to stand out? Will creation still play a role? We don't know yet on either front, but a new Minecraft is a big enough deal for us to get excited about.

Due: TBD 2019

30) Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Platforms: PS4, XB1, Switch

Crash Bandicoot's comeback tour continues with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, another gussied-up remake of an original PlayStation classic.

Crash Team Racing was one of the best Mario Kart clones of its era, and hopefully that holds true two decades later with this refreshed edition. The graphics look dramatically better here, but that's not the only modern upgrade: it'll also feature online play and kart customisation. And this one is multiplatform from the start, instead of launching first only on PS4 (like The N. Sane Trilogy did).

Due: 21 June