Top 25 Upcoming Role-playing Games of 2019 & Beyond
Our pick of the 25 most anticipated role-playing video games releasing on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and 3DS. For more info on games coming soon, visit our page of all upcoming games.
1. Anthem on PS4, PC and Xbox One
Let’s give BioWare a chance to prove themselves this time after their merger with EA that caused a bit of a problem to their recent games. Promising a loot box-less experience for the players, Anthem seems like EA's answer to Bungie's Destiny 2, relying mostly on Bioware's specialty in futuristic warfare to immerse us in exosuit battles.
While it's not exactly an MMO, on top of the regular single player campaign, it also has a shared and dynamic open world where you can meet other players and it changes every time you play. Party with up to four players and go jetpackin' round as Interceptors, Rangers, Storms and Colossus. It's set to release on February 22nd, 2019 on the PC, PlayStation 4 and XBox One.
From the makers of outstanding RPG experiences like Fallout: New Vegas, Pathfinder, and even The Stick of Truth, it didn't take much for Obsidian Entertainment to bring their latest series to the top of the charts. Ranking consistently high with both their first title and their sequel's PC release, Pillars of Eternity II is finally breaking into the console market. Promising to bring a more immersive RPG, this sequel expanded the emergent experience with a chance to captain your own ship across the brand new region of Deadfire. Plot your course along the seas with your seven companions and fulfill quests with each of their special skills and classes.
Improving on the already excellent Pillars of Eternity formula, Deadfire has been universally praised for opening up new horizons for the universe through its new nautical adventures. Make your choice in branching choices, and see how each decisions impacts your personalized journey. It's coming on the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on March 31st 2019.
The anthropomorphic SEGA consoles are coming back for more dimensional, self-referential escapades. This latest entry to Idea Factory's long running Hyperdimension series will see the return of Nep-nep, Noire, Vert and the rest of the gang. In it, we witness Neptune as she awakens in a decidedly 2D world and goes on a quest to break the boundaries of her dimension. Get a chance to dive into their old school dungeons, maximize your team's potential as you switch out leaders in turn-based battles, and save Gameindustri once and for all.
The first of the series to be developed in Asia, this title might look less than impressive to some, but things are looking to change as its imminent release is drawing close. Winning over fans with their hilarious jabs at the industry at large, this might help lighten up the mood as both its Japanese and Western releases face postponement. Hopefully, it'll make the final Western deadline for the PS4 and Switch in Spring 2019.
The Dragon Quest spinoff we didn't think we wanted is getting a well-deserved sequel. Taking notes from Mojang's own Minecraft, Builders took us all to a beautifully blocky voxel universe ripe for reconstruction. Nailing the minecraft-like gameplay of gathering and building, it also benefited massively from the injection of Dragon Quest's signature magic and storylines. This sequel hopes to add to all that.
Featuring all new and exciting features, Dragon Quest Builders 2 will include slopes, waterfall creation, underwater swimmming, and even hang gliding. All adding to the fun of the voxel-building universe. Still, the sequel's biggest draw seems to be the multiplayer which lets players invite and visit each other's vacant islands online or locally to build and break things together. It's a limitless RPG title, and it's set to release on the PS4 and Switch sometime in 2019.
5. Code Vein on PC, Xbox One and PS4
Anime meets Dark Souls as we’d like to call it again and again.
Bandai Namco draws their inspiration from a game notable for its hardcore difficulty and insane boss fights. Pretty sure you’ve heard about that. This time, they decided to incorporate these brutal gameplay elements to an open-world RPG anime game. Play as a bloodsucking Revenant and fight against nightmarish monsters in a bid to escape the vicious region of Vein.
Unfortunately, there’s not much news about it and they’re saving up its trailers for bigger events next time. But, because it’s made by the same people who made God Eater, we can assume that this game, set in a post-apocalypse crawling with vampires, will have a solid story. It comes out sometime this 2019.
Re-releasing one of Square Enix’s PlayStation 2 classics is their critically acclaimed Final Fantasy entry before they started to make some questionable series decisions. The Zodiac Age enhances the Final Fantasy XII experience with remastered visuals, gameplay balance, new features and the introduction of the International Zodiac System that makes your journey worthwhile.
Follow Vaan and friends as they embark on a grand adventure to save their world from a catastrophic war. The Zodiac System is a rehaul of the License Board in the original game, all characters share one license board with massive customization potential. The Job System can can also improve on their party member’s classes as players get to choose 12, all based on the Chinese Zodiac.
Aside from most of its upgrades, the story remains as beautiful as ever. It comes out on the Switch sometime this 2019.
Pokemon might be the most popular pocket monster franchise of this generation, that doesn't mean it's the ONLY one. In fact, this particular upcoming title was made especially to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Digimon's digital bestiary. Rising to fame side by side with Nintendo's own series, Digimon has distinguished themselves for exploring the many darker sides of friendship, childhood, and perseverance.
This will hold true for this new title which takes a different approach from their more traditional turn-based RPGs. Centered around Fire Emblem-like strategy, play as the teenage boy Takuma, and guide him on his escape from the cyberworld together with his new friend Agumon. With the stakes stacked high, the survival simulation will have you making tough decisions as you navigate through their emotional, friendship filled ride.
A nostalgia trip for long-time fans of the series, it's set to release on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in 2019.
From the center of Manhattan to the capital, the virus is taking over the world one city at a time, and it's up to Tom Clancy's Division to put a stop to the raging contagion. Taking place just 70 days after the original story, The Division 2 is set to continue the viral outbreak, this time in the familiar landscapes of Washington DC.
In this sequel, the developers are aiming to focus on the endgame experience, which means there'll be more challenges and activities even after main campaign. Mixing in survival elements and RPG, join the fight for resources and basic necessities in a civilization on the brink of extinction. Try out new and exotic weapons and bring your friends in for the fight.
If you want to find out more about what new features are in store, The Division 2 currently has a Beta you can sign up for right now. It's set to release on March 15th, 2019 on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Don’t you guys have phones? Grinding Gear Games’ answer to Blizzard’s fiasco is taking over the action-RPG genre by storm. Set in dark fantasy world of Wraeclast, enter a brutal battlefield with deep customization, item economy, competitive PvP and ladder races. Heck, they’re even putting it straight to your face that this game is FREE and will never be pay to win.
One of the best features about Path of Exile is its massive skill tree system. If you press its Skill Area, you’ll get the same reaction as I did. It’s a true action-RPG experience with a ton of potential. The game requires no gold to encourage players to join its expanding trade economy. Imagine that.
It’s upcoming Expansion, Betrayal, is bound to shake things up, along with a bit of shade to the other Action role playing game right there. It’s coming to the PlayStation 4 this February 2019.
10. God Eater 3 on PS4 and PC
When it comes to badass anime characters wielding massive weapons, BANDAI Namco’s post-apocalyptic monster hunter is about to rock your world. Take down massive Aragamis using your iconic God Arcs. Quarantine the planet with your band of God Arc-wieding brothers and send these ravenous creatures back from the depths.
The game’s signature hack and slash combat is fast and explosive. Choose from a wide variety of weapon types and devastate your foes with feral monstrosity. Harness the power of the Oracle Cells and use it to your advantage.
Players create their own character and explore a devastated world with friends, or alone. This latest entry offers new features such as Dive, Burst Arts, Skill Install, and so much more to gain that upper hand. It comes out this February 8, 2019 on the PC and PS4.
A classic from Nintendo's DS days comes to take the spotlight once more. A different kind of Mario Brothers adventure, Bowser's Inside Story follows the two plumbing superstars on a RPG quest to rescue Princess Peach--this time with the aid of their archnemesis, Bowser. See the Mushroom Kingdom from the perspective of the angry King Koopa and combine their trio's skills to battle against awful Fawful. Journey round their land of mushrooms, toads, and troopas as you discover the other side of the narrative coin.
As a twofold package, This edition edition will also include a new sidestory in Bowser Junior's quest for domination--gathering armies and wreaking havoc in the comfort of his Junior Clown Car. Moving out of the limits of the DS, the game will obviously come with a host of graphical upgrades and refinements to fit the new gen platform. A cleaner and better Mario and Luigi version for the 3DS, it's set to release on January 11, 2019.
12. Final Fantasy IX
Another legendary FF title before Square Enix became Square Soft has sold over five million copies since its release.
Whether you’re a returning player or a new one, Zidane and his crew’s adventures is still unforgettable. Their famous Theater Troupe comes in glorious high-definition upgrades. Meet your favorite characters including Vivi and Quina as each of these characters learn about themselves and put a stop to a mysterious malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.
It’s already out on Steam for quite some time, but the Switch is really amping up their JRPG titles and giving more Square Enix content. Just like any other FF game out there, ride chocobos, upgrade your characters, synthesize equipment and play fun minigames. This Switch version also includes high speed and no encounter mods for some casual fun. It comes out sometime this 2019.
13. YO-KAI WATCH 3
Looks like LEVEL 5's formula for a long running RPG series is starting to work its magic. Gaining traction for their viral dance moves and quirky looking monsters, the energetic Yokais are getting a brand new sequel. Playing a lot like a friendlier Pokemon game, Yokai Watch takes root in the usually dark yokai myths of Japanese folklore. But instead of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, you'll get a host of big-eyed felines. Make friends around the world and summon them to battle with their individual abilities.
This third installment, Yo Kai Watch 3, was released in Japan in two versions last 2016. For this western releases however we're yet to find out if it keeps up with the split versions or if it goes with the Sukiyaki version that combines both into one package. What we do know, though, is it's gonna be another round of spirit-collecting, monster battling fun when it comes out on the 3DS this Feb 8th, 2019.
The Atelier series is out with this shiny new sequel to their long running series. Released in Japan just last March, The Scion of Arland is set to arrive in Western shores earlier than expected. A series known for its alchemical gameplay, turn-based battles and visual novel-style storytelling, Atelier Lulu will largely follow the very same formula. But with this sequel revolving around themes of inheritance, Scion of Arland will also introdunce new features to its synthesis, battles, and exploration systems.
Follow the daughter of the famed Alchemist Rorona as she vies to surpass the powers and grandeur of her mother. Help her navigate the road to greatness and use her newly discovered gifts to unveil all the mysteries of Arland. With a confirmed physical release, it's coming to the PC, PS4, and Switch Spring 2019.
Cloud Strife and friends are still alive and kicking, but they’re gonna have to make do with their original version for this upcoming Switch release. With the FFVII Remake still making hardcore Final Fantasy fans hyped, this is the closest thing Nintendo users could experience the Midgar Experience.
Just like the classic, players assume the role of the Midgar rebels, Cloud and friends, as they stop the evil company of Shinra from absorbing all the natural power of the world. A true JRPG classic, engage in fun turn-based battles with memorable Final Fantasy characters including Tifa, Barret, Yuffie and even the sinister Sephiroth. In this Switch version, every adventure with Cloud Strife and friends is at the palm of your hands. It comes out sometime this 2019.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this return of the fan favorite Tales entry takes you to the world of Terca Lumireis once again. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this as it features all the good things Tales of Vesperia has to offer including remastered full HD graphics, never before seen characters, expanded story and so much more.
In this new version, help the fate of two friends as they recover their lost memories in a whole new story mode. Also returning to this edition is its iconic Linear Motion Battle System. Control your party members in real-time combat, swap anytime to counter enemy types and change the field of battle.
It’s pretty much the same game with the same story, but with everything added to make it the perfect Tales of Vesperia experience ever. It’s coming out this January 11, 2019 on the PC, Xbox One, PS4 and the Switch.
That title may not mean much to us right now, but, knowing it's coming from the creators of the most beloved RPG series of all time--there's definitely reason for excitement.
From GameFreak, comes this adorably designed RPG that kinda feels like the antithesis of their previous hit. Instead of a kid going out of his house and into the world to befriend monsters, Town revolves around a kid staying in his village and working his ass off to protect it from monsters. (Considering how cute the monsters still are, that might be a bit of a problem.)
Though it's not a Pokemon game per se, it does have that youthful charm that the series is known for. Still relatively early in development, there's not a lot of details about the game yet. But, it definitely that spot on your watchlist. It's set to release on the Switch in 2019
18. Shenmue 3 on PC and PS4
After languishing in development hell, the time has finally come for Yu Suzuki's iconic action adventure as it breaks through as one of the highest funded Kickstarter campaigns in the history of the platform. Finding new life in a whole new generation, Shenmue 3 will be a fantastic romp through their nostalgic, end of the century roots. Once one of the most expensive videogames ever developed and winning a few Greatest Videogames of all time nods, Shenmue maintained a cult following with its large environments, details, and choices--hallmarks of today's open world obsession.
With technology finally catching up to the series, though, there isn't much in the way of visual changes in this third entry. Still, it’s the perfect chance for long time fans just waiting to jump back into the shoes of Ryo Hazuki as he wanders into Chinese forests to avenge his father. It’s hoping to meet expectations on the PC and PS4 on August 27th, 2019.
As much as we enjoyed the latest Fire Emblem Warriors, our last FE games have remained glued to our old Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully, with this newest game, we'll get to bring around the strategy RPG experience with our shiny new console. The 16th entry to the iconic series, Three Houses brings a threefold adventure as we roam around the world of Fodlan and get to meet what will be the heads of the titular houses. Coming back with changes to squad formations and the like, Three Houses will boast even more enhancements to their strategic depth.
Moving to Nintendo's hybrid console, this will mark the first time in a few years since the series hit the platforms. We're hoping this will translate to more firepower for the beloved RPG series. Trailers might not seem to be too graphically impressive, the delay might just provide the needed fix. Or not. All we know is, it's all been great so far, and it's set to release on the Switch Spring 2019.
One of the most beautiful love stories in JRPG history is coming to the Switch. This 2-part Final Fantasy entry takes you to the lives of Tidus and Yuna as they lock themselves in an eternal romance. This timeless classic features a true remastered experience that new fans and old will adore.
For starters, Final Fantasy X is where you play as the Blitzball Player, Tidus, as he journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna in a quest to save their world of Spira from daddy issues.
In Final Fantasy X-2, this odd sequel introduces a fresh new start to the series that’s set years after the first game. Follow Yuna and merry band of girl power squad as they uncover the deeper mysteries that lie within.
With over 100 hours of gameplay, fun JRPG combat, and a memorable story, it’s a true Final Fantasy experience. It comes out sometime this 2019.
First announced in 2017, the developers at Swedish studio Experiment 101 has kept mum about the progress of their self-described "post apocalyptic kung fu fable". But since their last demos, the hype has slowly been growing, with many gamers impressed not only by its solid visuals but also because of its unique premise. Putting a martial arts Raccoon-like creature in center stage, Biomutant revolves around exploring a storybook-like open world where various mutations are common and even welcome. As an action RPG, players will get to customize their character's appearance and attributes.
One of the foremost goals of the studio is to combine shooting, melee skills, and other abilities in a seamless and intuitive way. And, from what we've seen from their early promos, they've done quite a great job with it already. With even more time in the oven, it just might be on its way to being GOTY material. It's coming out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One late 2019.
22. Pokémon (Tentative Title)
Details about Nintendo's upcoming mainline Pokemon title may still be scarce, what remains universally true is that the world is looking forward to its imminent release. What with the recent Let's Go title for Pikachu and Evee, the hunger for that core Pokemon RPG is only getting more intense. Teased at E3 2017, this will become the first core title for Nintendo's latest hybrid console. Bringing Pokemon to big screen displays, their CEO has started to envisioning in the larger scale, taking larger, more expressive worlds and multiplayer gameplay into consideration. This Switch Pokemon title will also be an all-new RPG experience, which means it won't be just another enhanced game like Ultra Sun and Moon.
Rumored for release on the platform Late 2019, we'll expect to see more info coming out early next year.
23. Torchlight Frontiers on PS4, PC and Xbox One
Since its release in 2009, the Torchlight series, especially its high-powered sequel Torchlight II, has been equated with one of the most visceral and exciting isometric RPGs in the modern age. Though the same can be said for its developer Runic Games, Echtra Games--made up of about 20 dedicated developers from the original Runic team--has decided to continue their legacy. Packed with the same familiar visuals and satisfying hack and slash combat, Frontiers levels up the co-op features that Torchlight II was known for with the move to shared world MMOs. A free to play dungeon crawler with Diablo inspirations, dive into magical steampunk environments with friends and fight off monsters for their awesome loot. Of course, their iconic pet system will also make a return, but details about how they'll work are still in the early stages.
While it's a new direction for the series--and definitely an unexpected for fans just wanting that third installment--Frontiers does have enough of that same Torchlight magic. It's coming out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019.
A co-op Final Fantasy adventure makes a comeback after fifteen years since its debut. Now coming to the Nintendo Switch, this Remastered RPG comes with a new online multiplayer mode for you and your friends to enjoy. But with this era’s increasing access to technology, players are no longer required to connect cables to enjoy its online play!
One of the most memorable RPG classics from GameCube, embrace the most accurate Final Fantasy experience you can ever play. With an engaging gameplay, teaming up with friends makes every adventure amazing, especially when everyone moves away from the poisonous miasma that covers the world.
New and old fans will enjoy its remastered elements especially its iconic music. It comes out sometime this 2019 alongside all the FF titles mentioned here.
25. Kingdom Hearts III on PS4 and Xbox One
The most anticipated Square Enix game is about to blow the videogame market next year! Join Sora and his friends as they unite to fight off the darkness once and for all. This third major installment of the franchise continues the fantastic adventures of the Keyblade wielding hero and his journey to various Disney-themed worlds.
This latest entry deserves the hype and praise due to almost 10 years of agonizing wait. The game’s visual overhaul is beautiful and its slick hack and slash combat still remains as the most addicting feature of the series.
Travel to various worlds including Disney’s Frozen, Tangled, Pirates of the Carribean, Monsters Inc, Big Hero 6 and so much more. Meet your favorite Final Fantasy characters as well and let them aid you in your quest to rid the world of evil. It comes out this January 29th on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.