Although 2018 was a phenomenal year for video games, there are a number of long-awaited games finally being made available in 2019. Dormant series like Kingdom Hearts are making a needed return, while brand new properties like Anthem have the potential to have a major impact on the gaming world. All in all, it's shaping up to be another great year for games.
Whether 2019 manages to beat its predecessor in terms of overall quality is another matter entirely of course. Games like God of War and Spider-Man will live long in the memory, providing a punch from both a storytelling and gameplay perspective. Meanwhile, the all-encompassing behemoth that is Fortnite is gripping onto its multiplayer crown tightly, and if something topples that particular phenomenon this year it will truly be a turn-up for the books.
Nonetheless, 2019 is going to be giving its best shot to top 2018. Read on to find out Screen Rant's 25 most anticipated games of the year, and remember - if there's a game missing from this list, be sure to share your most anticipated games in the comments!
LittleBigPlanet captured the hearts of many PlayStation owners, both with its co-op friendly campaigns and through the way in which players could easily build their own levels in a variety of ways. Clearly, developer Media Molecule had grander ideas in mind, and the culmination of this attempt to give users even greater control is Dreams.
To call Dreams ambitious is a serious understatement, with a much larger focus on player agency when it comes to creating levels. Taking control of an imp that acts as the player's gateway to building levels, the finished creations are then shared with the community at large to enjoy. It all sounds extremely impressive, and if Dreams actually achieves all that it sets out to do, then this will be a must-have for PS4 owners.
24. IN THE VALLEY OF THE GODS
Campo Santo is a developer on a mission. Firewatch managed to capture something incredible, delivering some of the most interesting characters the video game world had seen within a lush forest environment. Although it wasn’t for everyone, Campo Santo more than earned the interest that follow-up In The Valley of the Gods has gained, with many desperate to see how the studio handles combining its fledgling reputation for character-driven story with a setting in an Egyptian valley.
What makes this title all the more intriguing is the fact that Campo Santo has been acquired by Valve. The Steam creator is getting back into making games proper, and In The Valley of the Gods is perhaps the gaming world’s first chance to see what this might entail. So, a unique project here could set Valve on the right track with its many other projects, and point towards great things to come.
23. FAR CRY NEW DAWN
A standalone spinoff to Far Cry 5, Far Cry New Dawn will treat the post-apocalypse with a lot more color than some of its peers. Set seventeen years after a nuclear war, there’s bound to be plenty more of the same gameplay that Ubisoft Montreal has honed over the last three Far Cry games, and fans of the series will no doubt be appreciative.
These standalone features beyond the core Far Cry games have sometimes been the place where Ubisoft has truly been able to stretch its legs creatively, with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon the prime example of this, and Far Cry New Dawn will be hoping to emulate that level of success. What’s more, it’s a chance to undo some of the criticism lain at Far Cry 5’s safe treatment of story and subject matter, and those disappointed in the end of Far Cry 5 in particular will be hoping for a palate cleanser here.
22. CRACKDOWN 3
The development of Crackdown 3 has been an arduous one. What was once promised as an exclusive for the Xbox One due to release in 2016 has instead become an awfully long wait for fans of the sandbox series, and Crackdown 3's delays have played a part in Xbox owners feeling a little aggrieved about the number of exclusive titles that the platform has received so far.
That said, all will be forgiven if the game lives up to the hype when it launches on February 15. It’s a busy month for gaming in general, but Sumo Digital and Microsoft will no doubt be hoping that Crackdown 3 can make a dent of its own, and if its potential for chaotic, open world action is realized then Xbox One and PC players will be in for a real treat. That said, there’s bound to be a bit of caution over a project that has spent so long in development hell.
21. ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
2015's Ori and the Blind Forest was a beacon of charm and creativity, showing that Microsoft was a company that could nurture smaller games with a more introspective focus. As such, there's hope that Ori and the Will of the Wisps will again allow developer Moon Studios to give players something a little bit different from the usual that Microsoft publishes.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps puts players back in the role of the guardian spirit Ori, although the title could potentially delve deeper into the overall lore of the series. Apart from that, expect more of that wonderful Metroid-style platforming and puzzle solving.