5. Cyberpunk 2077
Since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt became a must-have in the early line up of this generation of gaming, developer CD Projekt RED has been taking its time with follow-up Cyberpunk 2077. Based on the tabletop roleplaying game Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 looks to be even bigger than The Witcher 3, with a change of tone and viewpoint that leaves it as one of the most exciting in-development games around.
Will Cyberpunk 2077 arrive in 2019? CD Projekt RED has been coy about exactly when the game will release, but after a much more detailed view of the title was given over the course of 2018, including a detailed gameplay video, fans of the studio’s work will have their fingers crossed that the game will release this year.
4. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
The EA press conference at E3 2018 was a major let down in general, and bizarrely enough one of the most interesting nuggets of information came from an offhand comment about a new Star Wars game. This project, dubbed Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, is being developed by Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment, and is set to take place in the time between Episode 3 and Episode 4 of Star Wars, with the Jedi were being hunted down.
Pencilled in for a 2019 release, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order gives EA another chance to show that it can handle the Star Wars property, after the backlash to both DICE-developed Star Wars: Battlefront games and the turmoil behind the scenes with Project Yuma, which led to the much-criticized closure of Visceral Games. Star Wars hasn’t had a great video game adaptation in some time – will Jedi Fallen Order be the one to buck the trend?
3. Doom Eternal
Doom 2016 was a remarkable first-person shooter, eschewing the grim, slow, ‘realistic’ bent of modern shooters for something much more adrenaline-pumping. Managing to somehow both feel like a near-perfect attempt to recreate the feeling of the earlier games and bring Doom kicking and screaming into the modern day, the stage was always set for a sequel. That game, Doom Eternal, will attempt to bring Hell to Earth, and bring a little bit of the magic of the original Doom 2 to modern audiences.
So far, it’s looking a treat. Early footage showcases some truly chaotic gameplay as the Doom Slayer once again takes the fight to the hordes. At the moment, there’s yet to be confirmation of a release date for Doom Infinite, but expect it to arrive some time this year.
2. Pokemon RPG (Switch)
Although the Pokemon: Let’s Go! games were extremely successful for Nintendo’s Switch console, these recreations of the original Pokemon games were not the biggest plans that Game Freak had for Pokemon on the Switch. Instead, a more ambitious RPG is on the way, with fans of the franchise perhaps finally having their dreams of a major release for a home console answered.
So far, Nintendo has been keeping quiet about exactly what this game will entail, but there are expectations that it should arrive later this year. Pokemon has been at its best in the handheld realm, so this is a chance to Game Freak to finally deliver something major for those who prefer to game on a larger screen. Ideally, finite information about the project will be revealed sooner rather than later.
1. Halo Infinite
Master Chief will be back once more, again delivering a long-wanted Xbox exclusive. Halo 5: Guardians wasn’t for everybody, and was not the unifying game that developer 433 Industries may have hoped for. Nonetheless, Xbox One owners were understandably excited about the return of the flagship Xbox franchise when Halo Infinite was revealed at E3 2018.
433 Industries has held an approach of only revealing the latest Halo game when it is ready, and since the release of that teaser trailer the developer has been quiet about exactly what Halo Infinite will be. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the title launch this year, so keep an eye out for a potential release in the tail end of 2019. When it does arrive, expect more exciting FPS action from the granddaddy of console shooters.
That brings our list of the most exciting unannounced games of 2019 to a close. These projects are good bets to arrive this year, although there is of course the possibility that further delays could push some back further. Hopefully, there will even be some other fantastic games that release this year that fly under the radar until launch.