10. Dying Light 2
Dying Light’s blend of parkour and zombie survival resonated with its player base when it released in 2015, and was a great improvement on Techland’s previous series Dead Island. As such, there was always the potential for a sequel, with Dying Light 2 scheduled for a 2019 release date.
What will Dying Light 2 include? Expect more of the zombie-fighting, free-running fun of the first game, but this time with an even greater emphasis on the different movements of zombies in a day/night cycle. At the moment, Techland hasn’t confirmed when Dying Light 2 is going to launch, but the vague idea is for a 2019 release, so barring any delays it should arrive later this year.
9. Call of Duty 2019
Call of Duty will get its usual annual release in 2019, and exactly what this game will be has fans of the series intrigued. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 moved the franchise into a slightly new direction, with the Blackout battle royale game mode picking up players alongside the more traditional multiplayer and the return of a comprehensive zombies mode. However, Call of Duty 2019 should be one to really push the franchise.
That’s because Call of Duty 2019 is the next title developed by Infinity Ward, the studio behind such standouts as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and for many the developer that made Call of Duty into the monster that it is today. Call of Duty: WW2 solidified Sledgehammer Games’ reputation as a more than worthwhile part of the Call of Duty trifecta, and Treyarch hit home with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Since Infinite Warfare was a relative failure, is it time for Infinity Ward to finally bring Modern Warfare 4 home? And better yet, is there another, more detailed battle royale mode in the works?
8. Bayonetta 3
That the Bayonetta franchise has become so intrinsically tied to Nintendo is something of a surprise, given the raunchy and violent nature of the PlatinumGames-developed series. Nonetheless, Nintendo Switch owners will be glad to have something a little different with Bayonetta 3, much like how Bayonetta 2 proved to be a suitable breath of fresh air for the Wii U when it released back in 2014.
So far, Bayonetta 3 is shaping up nicely, with more of the same action that the gaming community has fallen in love with over the years. First unveiled at the Game Awards 2017, since then PlatinumGames has showcased only a little, but even so it’s enough to get the game some deserved anticipation. There’s no release date as of yet, but 2019 is a good time to expect Bayonetta 3 to launch.
7. Metroid Prime 4
The Metroid Prime games are the perfect example of a game series that builds upon and modernizes its source material in a way that remains faithful to its subject matter. Fans have been clamouring for a new Metroid Prime title ever since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption released back in 2007, and in 2017 confirmation was finally given that Nintendo was pushing ahead with another Metroid Prime project.
Metroid Prime 4 is set for release on the Nintendo Switch, and fans are hoping that it will arrive in 2019. Whether that does happen is up in the air, but Metroid could certainly do with another well-received major title, after a few hit-and-miss entries and an emphasis on handheld gaming through the likes of Federation Force and Samus Returns. With that in mind, getting Metroid Prime 4 out of the door sooner rather than later could be in Nintendo’s best interests – although at least the expected release of Bayonetta 3 will keep Nintendo fans with an action focus happy.
6. Death Stranding
Hideo Kojima’s first game following his acrimonious departure from Konami and the cancellation of Silent Hills has been building for some time. However, as of last year the gaming community finally had a view of what Death Stranding may be. Although the plot of the game is still enwrapped in mystery and abstract themes, at the very least those snippets of footage showcased what Kojima has in mind.
This PS4 exclusive still doesn’t have a finite release date, but a 2019 release could potentially be on the cards, particularly after that recent tease from Kojima. After all, with work beginning on a PS5, it’s unlikely that Death Stranding would like to follow its namesake and be beached on an old system. The only question that remains, then, is if the game forges ahead as a PS4 exclusive, is pushed onto the PS5, or perhaps onto a cross-release between Sony’s systems, old and new.