E3 2019's Biggest Games: Breath Of The Wild 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Pokemon, And More
By Matt Espineli on
E3 2019 is always an incredibly exciting time of the year. The industry's biggest publishers and developers reveal the latest projects they've been working on in their various E3 press conferences. The press conferences bring glimpses of exciting upcoming games, including those that have been quietly brewing under the radar as we patiently await their impending release--games like Cyberpunk 2077, Halo Infinite, Borderlands 3, and more. And to make the festivities all the more exciting, this year's show might be when we finally hear about new cutting-edge technology, such as Microsoft's Scarlett--the company's new Xbox console that's in development.
Google Stadia Connect brought the announcement of multiple games, the biggest of which was the confirmation that Larian Studios--developer of Divinity: Original Sin--is making Baldur's Gate III. That may not release this year, but it's still thrilling to see the classic series make a comeback with such an acclaimed studio.
Ubisoft showcased its upcoming Watch Dogs Legion and it's quite ambitious. On the other hand, Nintendo confirmed a few surprises, which included The Witcher 3 on Switch, Banjo-Kazzoie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
There are heaps of promising new games worth knowing about in the lead up to the show, so that's why we've compiled all the biggest ones right here. Included below are games that are either confirmed to be at the show.
For all the latest news, trailers, previews, and trailers, check out our E3 2019 hub. Otherwise, read on below for everything you need to know all the biggest games of E3 2019!
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the next game from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets. The concept is ambitious--you play as hominids through different periods of ancestral time.
A single-player, third-person exploration survival game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey starts in Neogene Africa some 10 million years ago. Over time, you grow and evolve to the Australopithecus--which is popularly known as Lucy. On your way to becoming Lucy, you'll learn new skills and abilities as you take the form of the next subspecies of hominid that would eventually become the human form of today. Based on early footage, you'll be clambering through the jungle and swinging through trees, escaping predators, gathering resources, and attempting to survive to live another day.
Code Vein is a strange game, but it has still caught a lot of people's attention. It's a post-apocalyptic action-RPG starring a vampire who seems ripped straight from a '90s anime series and feels heavily inspired by FromSoftware's Souls games. Though others that are heavily inspired by the Souls games tend to emphasize isolation, the undead protagonist of Code Vein is partnered up with an AI ally, letting you team up to overcome the various monsters and demons that lurk about in the ruins of the old world. You'll also use a variety of over-the-top weapons and vampiric abilities to slay your enemies, eventually coming to blows with the game's challenging bosses. Even though Souls-style games have become increasingly common, Code Vein's visual style and approach manage to set itself apart from the others.
All the info we have about Astral Chain came from a Nintendo Direct back in February. The new title from Platinum Games has you inhabiting a pair of special forces soldiers who partner with a living, robotic weapon called Legion for combat and solving puzzles. From the looks of things, Astral Chain will feature some fast-paced combat and take you through a futuristic, sci-fi city.
While we don't know a ton about Astral Chain, we do know about its pedigree. It's the latest effort from game designer Takahisa Taura, who worked on Nier Automata, and it's being supervised by Hideki Kamiya, the creator of Bayonetta. The game is hitting the Switch on August 30.
Yup, Battletoads is coming back. First announced in a trailer at Xbox's E3 2018 press conference, the infamously hard side-scrolling beat-'em-up is supposed to hit Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019. There's not much to go on other than that. The trailer noted the game includes three-player couch co-op and 4K 2.5D hand-drawn graphics--so at the very least, it should look pretty. It also included a little cheeky humor to remind us of the Battletoads spirit, including a shot of a Battletoads speeder bikes smashed up next to one of those pink walls from the infamously hard Turbo Tunnel level.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Activision and Infinity Ward released all kinds of information about this year's Call of Duty ahead of E3. We know it's Modern Warfare, but it's not a remake of the 2007 classic--it's a reimagining of that game, geared at being more "relevant" to the current world we live in. While we haven't seen much in the way of multiplayer, we know about two big developments on that front already: First, Modern Warfare will support cross-play between Xbox One, PS4, and PC, so you can play with anyone regardless of their platform. Second, Call of Duty is doing away with the season pass format of selling post-release content, and all multiplayer maps released after the game's launch on October 25 will be free to all players.
On the campaign side (yes, single-player campaigns are back in Call of Duty), Infinity Ward has said it's looking to make a game that asks players how far they're willing to go in a modern war that doesn't have defined battlefields or easily identifiable combatants. It's looking to explore the moral gray area of conflicts, and while you'll fight alongside at least one returning character--Captain Price--you'll also join rebel fighters in a fictional Middle Eastern coverage. You can read everything we've learned about Modern Warfare so far, and you might also check out our interview with studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki about what Infinity Ward is trying to achieve with the game's story.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remaster of the PS1 classic of the same name. It follows in the line of Activision's most recent Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon remasters with vibrant new visuals and revamped control schemes. While Nitro-Fueled contains all of the original's tracks, it'll also include remastered content from later games in the series, such as Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing.
Ever since the fantastic gameplay reveal last year, CD Projekt Red's new open-world sci-fi action-RPG has become one of the most hotly anticipated games heading into E3 2019. Based on the well-loved tabletop RPG series, Cyberpunk 2077 puts a lot of emphasis on letting you create your character and forge a path that's all your own in the bustling setting of Night City.
When compared to the developer's stellar action-RPG The Witcher 3, it's immediately apparent that Cyberpunk 2077 a different beast--trading out swords and sorcery for guns and high-tech cybernetics. The neon-lit metropolis of Night City is undoubtedly a far cry from the forests of Spitfire Bluff, which should make for an incredibly exciting space to explore.
Before E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 was one of those games that was announced far too early and was seldom seen--often finding itself on most-anticipated lists several years straight. However, it seems the long wait was well worth it. So far, Cyberpunk 2077 manages to check all the boxes when it comes to presenting a compelling sci-fi experience.
Bethesda's reboot of Doom in 2016 hit like a hammer. The speed and ferocity of combat was almost perfectly in tune with the raucous metal soundtrack, just the way Doom-heads like it. It wasn't too surprising then when Bethesda announced that a follow-up was on the way. Doom Eternal is currently in development for almost every modern platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia--making it one of the few games confirmed for Google's upcoming cloud-gaming service.
There isn't a lot we can say about Doom Eternal at the moment, other than it looks like a worthy successor to the game that wowed us just a few years ago. A familiar feature returning from the old-school Doom games is the gradual visual destruction of enemies as they take damage from your super-powered weapons, which is sure to be a gruesome feast for the eyes. The most surprising new addition to the formula is invasions from other players online in the form of demons. It will be optional, but it will no doubt be a feature to look out for when the game ships later this year.
Daemon x Machina
Coming from developer Marvelous, the same studio behind niche action games like Senran Kagura and Fate/Extra, Daemon X Machina is a noticeable shift from their more playful titles. Announced last year for the Nintendo Switch, this mech action game possesses similarities to From Software's classic Armored Core series, featuring a deep focus on customization, along with a plethora of weapons and abilities to wipe out the opposition. We don't get that many mech-oriented action games these days, so when Daemon x Machina was revealed, it instantly turned the heads of the most die-hard fans of the niche sub-genre.
The last demo released in February on the Nintendo eShop was a decent taste of what's to come in the final release. With your created character and their giant robot, you'll be able to take them on various missions while amassing more resources to customize them further. It was a solid sampler for what's to come, giving you plenty of options to experiment with while cutting your way through a battlefield full of enemy mechs. As big mech fans ourselves, we can't wait to see how Daemon x Machina turns out later this year.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders was an unusual game that turned out rather well, and back in 2016, we praised its mix of Dragon Quest charm and Minecraft-like construction, awarding the game an 8/10. The sequel is on the way to the US and Europe after releasing in Japan late last year. The biggest additions to the sequel include multiplayer support (both local and online), the ability to fly and swim underwater, and, perhaps thankfully, neither your armor nor weapons will wear out after repeated use. Smaller changes abound, but how they will impact the game will only become clear once we've had a chance to play for ourselves.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
Arc System Works' success with Dragon Ball FighterZ has refreshed our taste for Akira Toriyama's classic anime universe. Though we've seen DBZ RPGs in the past, the upcoming game is the first in a long time that aims to retell the story from the anime that many fans already know and love, and in the form of what looks to be an open-world action-RPG.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest in the long-beloved tactical-RPG series. You will assume the role of Byleth, a former mercenary, and professor at the Church of Seiros' Officer's Academy. While making decisions for yourself, you'll also follow the stories of three students and heirs to three rival nations: the Adrestian Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and the Leicester Alliance.
As to be expected, Fire Emblem: Three Houses features the series' classic turn-based battles. However, some new additions are thrown in, such as expanded unit control, deeper character progression, and the ability to freely roam a hub area to interact with units and gather intel.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
Square Enix's critically acclaimed Dragon Quest XI is heading to Nintendo Switch sometime this year. As the "definitive" version of the game, the port is mostly the same as its PS4 and PC counterparts but includes some bonus extras, such as the option Japanese voice audio, an orchestrated version of the soundtrack, and the ability to switch to a 16-bit interface modeled after the visuals from the SNES era of Dragon Quest. Though, fans should recognize that last feature from the 3DS port of the game that never made it to the West. If you've yet to play DQXI, the upcoming Switch port might be the best way to experience it.
Halo Infinite continues after the events of Halo 5: Guardians and will see the return of Master Chief as the main protagonist. We still know little about the story, but it appears that UNSC has lost and the world needs saving. Halo Infinite will also see the return of local split-screen, a feature that many Halo die-hards have eagerly requested in a new game for years.
Judgment is the latest from Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. It's a spin-off of the series' universe that puts you in control of private detective Takayuki Yagami, who's hell-bent on solving the mystery of a serial murder case. While Judgement takes place in familiar locales from the Yakuza series, its story and gameplay are a bit different. As Yagami, you still beat up thugs in traditional over-the-top fashion, but you also investigate crime scenes and gather leads in your case. After several Yakuza games, Judgment is shaping up to be quite a refreshing change-of-pace for Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Nintendo fans should be pleased that there's Luigi's Mansion 3 on the way. Since the 2001 release of the Gamecube original, the series has managed to garner a cult following throughout the years. The latest game once again stars the easily-frightened plumber who's on an adventure through what looks to be a haunted hotel. Nintendo hasn't discussed too much about the game, but early footage showcases elements from previous games, like ghost-sucking vacuums, spooky corridors, and plenty of wacky ghosts.
Marvel's Avengers is a highly-anticipated game based on Earth's mightiest heroes from Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex: Human Revolution studio's Eidos Montreal. You get to play as Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Thor. Ant-Man also appears, but it hasn't been confirmed whether you can play as him.
From early footage, it seems Marvel's Avengers is played from a third-person perspective. According to Crystal Dynamics, the game will introduce a universe you can play in for years to come.
This year's Madden is making some exciting new changes to the formula. The most interesting addition comes from the Superstar X-Factor mechanic, an all-new progression system that allows you to utilize special abilities on the field if specific objectives are met. A new story mode called Face of the Franchise is also introduced, where you create and build up the career of your own NFL Quarterback from college to the professional league. As you progress, a new Scenario Engine generates personalized playable scenarios, events, and dynamic challenges that build the story of your career.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
The Marvel Ultimate Alliance series hasn't seen a new game in about a decade, but with Avengers: Endgame still fresh in the minds of the pop culture zeitgeist, there's probably never going to be a better time to bring it back. Developed by Team Ninja (of Ninja Gaiden, Dead Or Alive, and Nioh fame) exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, this four-player action RPG will let you choose from dozens of Marvel characters and wreak havoc on countless villains and enemy grunts.
If you've played previous games, or anything resembling Diablo, you'll know what to expect from Ultimate Alliance 3. Each character will have up to four flashy special abilities on top of regular and ultimate attacks, and will emphasize synergizing them with your teammates. You'll have a squad of four at all times (AI will substitute for real players when playing solo), and your abilities will be enhanced if all your characters are, for example, Spider-People, women of Marvel, or wise-crackers. But the real joy will be seeing just how much fan service they can stuff into this game.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is follow up to the much-adored platformer Ori and the Blind Forest. Announced at E3 2017, the game is coming to Xbox and PC.
In Will of the Wisps, you'll once again guide Ori through a visually splendorous, Metroidvania-influenced 2D world, fighting enemies and solving puzzles along the way. It will seemingly feature more of everything from the original: a new upgrade system, special abilities, enemies, impressive bosses, and new NPCs--the two previous E3 trailers depicted an owl as one of Ori's new friends. Together they'll attempt to "discover the mystery beyond the forest of Nibel, uncover the hidden truths of those lost, and unravel Ori's true destiny."
The Outer Worlds
From the creators of the Fallout series and Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind (arguably) the best contemporary Fallout game (New Vegas) comes The Outer Worlds. It's an intricate, first-person role-playing game that adopts a lot of Fallout's beloved characteristics, both classic and modern. The space-faring adventure takes place in a far future where mega-corporations rule. It will feature mechanics like a real-time combat system with a Fallout-style slowdown mechanic, endearing AI companions, a large variety of dialogue options and approaches to the game's many problems, and a dark sense of humor.
Despite Xbox Game Studio's acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment, announced in November 2018, the game is published by Take-Two's Private Division label and will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (exclusively via the Epic Games Store) sometime in 2019.
Sea of Solitude
First revealed in 2015, Sea Of Solitude was announced at E3 2018 to be the newest entry in the EA's Originals program, which is home to titles like unique titles Unravel, A Way Out, and Fe. You play as Kay, who suffers from loneliness so powerful that it consumes her in the form of darkness. You'll explore a submerged apocalypse in a boat, traversing the environment, changing water levels, and generally deciphering puzzles related to the world and the shadowy monsters that inhabit it.
Kay's ultimate goal is to find out what happened to her and how she can fix it, but part of that also involves finding out more about the creatures, too. Sea of Solitude has a pleasing watercolor aesthetic, complemented by an ominous "dark world" of sorts that invites comparisons to Studio Ghibli animations and Silent Hill.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield are the latest iterations of the storied pocket monster franchise, and the first new mainline Pokemon games to arrive on Nintendo Switch. While 2018's Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were reimaginings of the classic Pokemon Yellow, Sword and Shield will take place in an all-new UK-inspired region of the world, on top of introducing a brand new generation of Pokemon to the already staggering catalog. Sword and Shield will see a return to the more familiar Pokemon mechanics, as opposed to the variations that the Let's Go games introduced, such as wild Pokemon battles and Gyms.
Announced to a standing ovation at PlayStation's E3 2015 press conference, the long-awaited Shenmue III went on to successfully raise over 7 million dollars on Kickstarter and has been in development ever since. Headed up by series director Yu Suzuki, Shenmue III will conclude the story of protagonist Ryo Hazuki, whose quest to avenge his father's death started back on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999.
The game will take place in the mountains of southeast China, and though we haven't seen a comprehensive gameplay demo, we can assume that a lot of the trappings that define the Shenmue series will return, including a semi-open world whose citizens run on clockwork, a Virtua Fighter-style melee combat system, and hopefully, endearing characters.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn Entertainment, the talented EA studio behind innovative first-person shooters like Titanfall, and Apex Legends are trying their hand at a Star Wars property. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be a single-player, third-person action game that takes place after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which means that Jedi have been eradicated from the galaxy.
In Fallen Order, you take control of a Jedi Padawan (novice) called Cal Kestis, as he tries to evade capture and avoid being noticed as a surviving Jedi. Expect social stealth, a droid companion, force powers, and lightsaber combat. The game's story team includes Aaron Contreras, who worked on Mafia III, as well as Chris Avellone, who's famous for several Obsidian RPGs, among many other things.
Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2 was a big surprise when it was announced during February's big Nintendo Direct presentation. It is, of course, the sequel to the 2015 Wii U game Super Mario Maker--although this did later come to 3DS, too.
Much like the first Super Mario Maker, the Switch game allows users to create and share their own custom Mario levels. As before, the stages can be made in the style of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, or New Super Mario Bros. U, and this time around Nintendo has also added Super Mario 3D World assets to the suite of options.
That isn't the only significant difference in the upcoming sequel. Unlike the original, Super Mario Maker 2 gives players the ability to create slopes and angled surfaces. Other improvements include the ability to customize how auto-scrolling levels scroll, and an assortment of new tools such as on/off switches and more.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the follow-up to 2017's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, though developer Ubisoft is taking a different approach this time around. Breakpoint will have a darker tone, the developer says, in its new fictional New Zealand-esque setting, Aurora.
Aurora is home to Skell Technology, a corporation specializing in AI drone tech. When communication with the company ceases, you're sent to the archipelago to investigate. When you arrive, however, you find yourself not in the role of the hunter, but the hunted.
Throughout Breakpoint, you'll encounter a paramilitary group known as the Wolves, who Ubisoft says are just as skilled on the battlefield as the Ghosts. Because of this, the game places a greater emphasis on stealth. You'll be able to employ drones and hide the bodies of any enemies you kill. Similarly, you can avoid detection by crouching in foliage or covering yourself with mud. The game also features some survival elements; any injuries you sustain need to be treated, and you need to maintain your weapons. Ghost Recon Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 4.
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion is the latest game in Ubisoft's hacker-centric open-world franchise. It's set in London, and you're once again a part of DedSec--a secret hacker organization that is seeking to liberate London from political and corporate corruption. You're in control of multiple protagonists, who you recruit as you play the game, but one of the most interesting elements of it all is everyone you enlist into your resistance can literally be anyone in the world. To learn more about the game, you can check out our in-depth Watch Dogs Legion preview.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood was unveiled at E3 2018, promising a co-op trip through Paris, set in the 1980s. It's a sequel of sorts to the most recent game in the series, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and it stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters, Jessica and Sophia, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazi regime.
In Wolfenstein: Youngblood, BJ has gone missing in Nazi-occupied Paris. It's not clear whether Youngblood is the third game in the series--the devs previously stated that they viewed the series as a trilogy--or a separate game in the vein of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise is the latest game in Bandai Namco's tenured action-RPG franchise. It looks to be taking a step in a new direction with the series. While previous games had action-RPG combat systems, this new game seems to be leaning further into those systems, resembling games like Monster Hunter World or God Eater with seamless combat and no trace of separate battle encounters. Another interesting difference is that there seems to be a greater focus on exploration with a larger open world to run around.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is the latest project from famed developer Shinji Mikami's studio, Tango Gameworks. It's a psychological horror action-adventure game set in Tokyo, where people start mysteriously disappearing, and your objective is to figure out why. Little was shown of how the game plays or who you're playing, but there was plenty of supernatural foes (likely Japanese mythological creatures) featured during the game's E3 2019 cinematic trailer that looked like they could be serious trouble.
Dying Light 2
In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter Dying Light, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.
The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild Sequel
Nintendo shocked everyone at the end of its Direct presentation with a first look at the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The trailer was brief, but it alluded to a mysterious creature hidden in some secret underground caverns below Hyrule.
No More Heroes III
No More Heroes III is the highly-requested sequel to the cult-favorite action series by famed Japanese developer Suda 51 and his team at Grasshopper Manufacture. The first trailer didn't offer much on the specifics of the story or scope of the game, but we do know that Travis seems to be returning into the fray after a long hiatus.
Elden Ring is the newest game from Dark Souls developer From Software. It's being made in collaboration with George R.R. Martin, who is serving as a consultant for the project. The debut trailer offered little on what the game is about, but we do know that--like Dark Souls--it's a dark fantasy game. Early rumors stated Elden Ring is an open-world action-RPG, but we've yet to fully see what the game looks like in action.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine
Rainbow Six Quarantine is an upcoming spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege. It resembles Outbreak, a popular limited-time three-player co-op PvE mode that fans of Siege have long requested to return. It looks like they finally got their wish!
Gods & Monsters
Gods & Monsters came as a surprise at the end of Ubisoft's press conference. It's being developed by the same team that brought you Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The trailer on stage showed protagonist Phoenix, who is recruited by the gods to help them deal with dangerous monsters and other issues. It appears to have a painterly art style similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can learn more in our in-depth Gods & Monsters preview.
Deathloop is the latest game from Arkane Studios, a developer known for their work on the Dishonored series. Set on a mysterious island, it tells the mind-bending story of Colt and Julianna, who are stuck in a time loop that repeats itself each time one of them dies. There's an interesting dynamic between the two, as Colt thinks the loop will end if he kills Julianna, while Julianna enjoys the death and believes it will continue if she keeps killing Colt.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an entirely new Lego game that condenses the events of all nine of the mainline films. In the debut trailer, it's interesting to note that the characters appear to no longer have voice acting--a feature introduced in recent games in the series--relying instead on the silent comedy of earlier Lego games.
EA's FIFA 20 is looking to introduce new changes that elevate its faithful recreation of association football. This time around, there's a larger emphasis and incentive on manual defending, as opposed to allowing an AI to dictate the defense for you. Shooting is also getting a slight revamp, with attackers given greater accuracy. EA says that lots of work is being done on making passing and shooting more realistic. Of course, this is only the beginning of the adjustments and surprises are in store in the latest FIFA, so stay tuned as the show goes on as we hear more.
Balder's Gate III
Folks didn't think it would happen, but games are crazy. It's 2019, and we're actually getting Baldur's Gate III. What's even better news is that it's being developed by Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios. The game was announced ahead of the event at Google's Stadia E3 stream. According to Larian, "Baldur's Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters, and memorable combat. It is Larian Studios' biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure."
Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade--Bloodlines 2 has been a long time in the making. The first game--an RPG based on tabletop game Vampire: The Masquerade--launched way back in 2004.
The game is mostly played from a first-person perspective, though you'll switch to third-person when performing specific actions. When you begin this sequel, you can choose from several different classes and backstories for your vampire. Within those classes, there are various "disciplines" to choose from, which will determine your combat abilities and other attributes. Developer Paradox says these classes were adapted from the Vampire: The Masquerade pen-and-paper RPG. The Chiropteran discipline, for example, "calls on the vampire's strong affinity to bats" and allows players to summon swarms of them and move through the air. Vampire: The Masquerade--Bloodlines 2 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2020, so it's still quite a ways off.
The Sinking City
The Sinking City is the latest from Frogwares--a studio that's known for its work on the cult favorite Sherlock Holmes adventure games. Set in the fictional flooded city of Oakmont, Massachusetts during the 1920s, you play as Charles Reed, a troubled WW1 veteran and private investigator traveling in search of a cure for his persistent hallucinations. In The Sinking City, you'll investigate crime scenes, navigate tense social issues, and fend off mysterious creatures threatening Reed's sanity.
Psychonauts 2 is the highly-requested sequel to the cult-favorite platformer starring Raz, a young boy gifted with psychic abilities who dreams of joining a top-secret government agency known as the Psychonauts. After the events of the first game, Raz becomes a fully-fledged agent and is tasked to rescue Psychonaut Grand Head Truman Zanotto--a mission that began in Psychonauts 1's conclusion and continued in bridge-sequel VR game, Psychonauts and the Rhombus of Ruin. As Raz, you'll once again delve into the minds of others while overcoming treacherous platforming challenges and gaining new powers along the way.
Developed by Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly, Outriders is a dark cooperative shooter. According to the game's creative director, Outriders is set in a brutal and unforgiving world. While we got to see a brief glimpse of the game, there's still so much we don't know about it.
Oninaki is the latest game from Tokyo RPG Factory, a Square Enix studio committed to creating classic-style RPGs. Unlike the studio's previous work--which utilized the active time battle system made famous by both Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger--Oninaki is an action-RPG. Its combat revolves around saving and collecting lost souls, which each grants you unique attacks and abilities in turn. As protagonist Kagachi, you explore the realms of life and death to accomplish this philanthropic goal. All the while, you're exposed to an even more profound mystery within the realms you explore.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was another surprise from February’s Nintendo Direct. The game first launched back in 1993 for the original Game Boy, and now Nintendo is remaking it for Nintendo Switch.
The upcoming adventure retains the 2D, top-down view of the original, but with a tweaked art style to bring it more in line with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past. It isn't the first remake the game has received since its original launch: an updated color version, dubbed Link's Awakening DX, came out in 1998.
Unlike most other games in the series, it isn't set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle's guardian, the Wind Fish.
Aside from Halo: Infinite, Gears 5 might be the biggest upcoming game Microsoft has lined up. Not much is known about it other than its premise, which picks up directly after the events of the previous game. It focuses on Gears of War 4 supporting character now turned main protagonist, Kait Diaz, who is on a journey to uncover the origins of the Locust and her family. As a Gears game, expect tactical cover-based shooting, over-the-top setpieces, and a dash of melodrama.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Aside from Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy 7 remake is probably the most highly anticipated remake in a long time. However, it's going to look and play a whole lot different from the 1997 original. The game will follow a more modern design, featuring a third-person camera and real-time combat. Updated character designs ride a line between realistic and stylized art. Though, the most interesting detail about the remake is that it's going to be released as multiple games.
The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan
The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is the latest work from Supermassive Games (Until Dawn, The Inpatient). The game is part of a larger horror anthology series the studio is starting to create. It tells the story of a group of Americans on vacation through the South Pacific Ocean but when an unexpected storm arrives, they find themselves trapped in a sunken ghost ship. Like Until Dawn, Man of Medan has you navigating multiple protagonists through terrifying situations while making decisions that ultimately impact the conclusion of the narrative.
Control was one of the surprise announcements at E3 2018. As Remedy's first game after the ambitious multimedia project that was Quantum Break, it was exciting to see the studio return to developing a more straightforward experience. Of course, Control is also impressive looking because its world is anything but straightforward, calling to mind bits and pieces from Remedy's previous supernatural-tinged games.
Since the reveal last year, we've been given a chance to try Control for ourselves. The lead character, Jesse, possesses almost superhero-like powers, such as the ability to glide in mid-air and manipulate the environment with her mind. She's an unusual person in an unusual setting: a government facility that houses paranormal experiments gone awry. The building itself is said to shift and change shape, sometimes right before your eyes, with the geometric forms of the brutalist architecture bending, swaying, and twirling to reveal new hallways or even glimpses into another plane of existence. Control looks weird, dripping with odd sights and unexpected surprises, and with the release a mere few months away, we can't wait to get our hands on it.
Revealed at PAX East 2019, Borderlands 3 is the long-awaited sequel that many fans of the loot-driven co-op FPS have been waiting for. Featuring a new cast of vault-hunters and apparently more loot than the previous games combined, the next game seems like it's on its way to becoming a solid follow-up to one of the more well-loved games in recent years. With the Borderlands series celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, it's apparent that the real legacy of the franchise is that it sparked the whole 'looter-shooter' craze that became popular following the original's release in 2009.
We recently got to check out some of Borderlands 3, and it's certainly sticking close to what the series has traditionally done best--letting you and a squad of friends wield bizarre and preposterously designed guns to acquire even more weapons.
Animal Crossing (2019)
The new Animal Crossing finally has a name! Titled Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this latest game will start with players boarding the Nook Inc. charter, which will ferry them to a deserted island where they'll set up a tent and establish their town. As you settle into your new home, you'll do traditional Animal Crossing activities, such as shaking trees and catching fish. You'll also be able to craft tools and furniture using the materials you collect on the island at Tom Nook's workbench.