Games To Look Forward To In Early 2019
The 2019 video game release schedule is starting off incredibly strong.
It seems there is no shortage of great video game experiences to play year round. Gone are the days where the winter drought would kick in, and gamers from all over would be left clamoring for the first big release.
Looking through the game release calendar for the early months of 2019, there is an abundance of AAA titles on the horizon. Let’s take a look at what’s hitting the shelves very soon.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 3: Broken Toy
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on January 15th
After the sudden closure of Telltale Games late last year, many devs and studio personnel were immediately out of work. While many of the talent that worked on beloved games such as Tales From the Borderlands, and Wolf Among Us, a small group were picked up by Skybound’s games initiative to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
Having only released two out of the five episodes under the Telltale banner, it will be interesting how the closure and transition will impact the story. Fans of the franchise have spent over six years seeing Clem grow and learn to cope in a harsh world. Thankfully, we have the “Still Not Bitten” team to take us to the finish line.
Life Is Strange 2 – Episode 2: Rules
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on January 24th
Another episodic game release, this time from DONTNOD Entertainment. Following the Diaz brothers, the second episode appears to be focused on Sean understanding the supernatural powers his brother possessed.
Players who dropped into the one-off interstitial; The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit will be pleased to see that Captain Spirit aka Chris will be returning and play a role in the second episode.
Resident Evil 2
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on January 25th
One of the most anticipated games falling in January is undoubtedly the remake of Resident Evil 2. Since the release in 1998, Resident Evil 2 has been revered as one of the best survival-horror games created.
Now, with a massive overhaul, fans can return to Racoon City and experience the scares once again. Though a lot of the environments will be similar to seasoned players, new surprises lurk behind each corner.
If the anticipation is killing you, or you want to test your horror limits, a “1-Shot” demo will be available from January 11th - 31st on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players get once chance to play through the game for 30 minutes. If you die, it’s game over until you get your hands on the full game so keep your wits and don’t get overrun.
Kingdom Hearts III
Releasing on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 29th
Kingdom Hearts III should need no introduction. Since 2005, fans of the franchise have been patiently waiting to get their hands on the next proper Kingdom Hearts title. After multiple spin-offs and remakes, Square Enix is finally ready to release the next chapter in Sora’s journey.
As many will know, Kingdom Hearts drops players in spectacular worlds from Disney properties. In Kingdom Hearts III interact and explore landscapes taken from Toy Story, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Winnie The Pooh. Tetsuya Nomura and his team have been carefully crafting a game that will likely stick with fans for years to come.
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 12th
This one seems to have been glossed over by many. The Trials franchise has always been a spectacular amount of fun. The 2.5 physics-based racing game has always had a special place in my heart. This time around, Ubisoft Kiev and RedLynx incorporate a bit of co-op platforming in the usual multiplayer zaniness.
Trials Rising will be a bit more traditional and reserved compared to the previous Trials of the Blood Dragon and Trials Fusion. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing wild rides around famous landmarks like the Grand Canyon.
Far Cry New Dawn
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 15th
A follow up to the wildly successful Far Cry 5 was almost inevitable. With titles like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Far Cry Primal being based on previous games, it only made sense to see Ubisoft release another spin-off. However, this will mark the first time a direct sequel is made.
Picking up 17 years after the cataclysmic ending of Far Cry 5, players will explore and rebuild the area once known as Hope County. Certain story threads were left open from the last game, so expect familiar faces to pop up as you fight your way through this seemingly bright and colourful chaotic world. As New Dawn is set in the post-apocalyptic world, players will be tasked with scavenging and crafting new weapons like a buzz-saw crossbow.
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 15th
Is it obvious that February 15th is a hot day for games? Well, 4A Games is delivering one that should not be overlooked. Metro Exodus is the continuation of Artyom’s story. As the world has been ravaged by nuclear destruction, Artyom and his fellow Rangers have been learning to live and protect the tunnels in Moscow from the Fourth Riech and supernatural forces known as Dark Ones.
Metro Exodus looks to bring Artyom out of the tunnel, and into the world above. The environments look stunning and eerie. As the Metro series is typically dark and drab, Exodus seems to capitalize on the shift to 4K graphics and seeks to deliver wondrous visuals.
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 22nd
BioWare Edmonton has been working tirelessly on their new IP. Under the guidance of Casey Hudson, Anthem seems to have a ton to offer players. Aside from the awe-inspired visuals, Anthem encourages co-operative play by offering four uniquely different Javelin suits for players to become accustomed to.
Each Javelin is designed to take a specific role when playing aside friends. However, the experience can be enjoyed while playing solo as well. From the tank-based Colossus Javelin to the more agile Interceptor. Change your suits and find the one that speaks to you the most.
It would not be a BioWare game without it being chock-full of interesting characters and locations to discover. Judging from the footage shown so far, we’re in for a treat.
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame
Releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch on February 26th
Shortly after the release of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part on February 8th, TT Fusion and WB Games release The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. Emmet, Lucy, and Batman are back for another hilarious journey through the LEGO Movie worlds. Play and collect studs throughout many set pieces from the films and unlock over 100 characters.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. With a slew of games releasing each day in between the AAA games above, it’s hard to keep track. While it may seem like a lot, keep in mind these only cover the first two months of 2019 –– there’s a lot more coming at you!