18 Upcoming Open World Games of 2019
A new dawn will be rising: Far Cry 5's Hope County with this latest installment to the award-winning first-person shooter. As the first direct sequel in a looong while, fans are worried it might be just a rehash of the previous title. However, Ubisoft Montreal assures a whole new experience with a jump to a future 17 years after.
Now in superbloom, the post apocalyptic open world is bright, colorful, and bigger than ever before. Aside from familiar faces, mechanics like knife takedowns which were absent from the last game, are set to make a return. There's also gonna be light RPG features, weapon crafting as well as an Expedition to add more variety to the gameplay. Coming this Feb 15th, 2019
2. Crackdown 3 on the Xbox One and PC
Banking on theirs strengths of their world of pure, unadulterated destruction, the Crackdown series makes an explosive return. Putting Terry Crews at the center of their promotions, Crackdown 3 looks forward ten years after the events of their last title and lets us uncover a mysterious villain behind the New Providence terrorism.
Mostly known for its fully destructible, cloud computed multiplayer mode, this open world action shooter will also have a cooperative campaign where you take down crime bosses with your group of friends. Haunted by delay after delay, we're hoping it'll come out officially on Feb 15th.
3. Anthem on the PS4<, PC and Xbox One
Slowly shedding off the bad rep, EA's Anthem is slowly growing on the once reluctant fanbase. Teaming up with Mass Effect's Bioware, this upcoming IP is more than just an answer to today's crop of online multiplayers. Aside from putting us in fancy exosuits to fight in their futuristic arena, Anthem also offers a dynamic open world where players can jump into adventures with friends while keeping their own progress.
But, you're also free explore it alone. Armed with jetpacks, there's some impressive verticality in their free play mode, where the arena is vast and full of bosses to take down. It's set to release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on Feb 22nd.
With over 800 chapters and still more coming, the world of Eiichiro Oda's massively successful manga series is ripe for a videogame adaptation. With a vast universe to translate, it's only proper to finally have an open world for fans to get lost it. Developed by Ganbarion, the action-adventure will follow the all new adventures of the legendary straw hat pirate and his crew around a living and breathing New World.
Introducing two new characters in its political narrative, solve the Navy divide with the rubbery as ever Monkey D Luffy by working a compromise between modernity and tradition. It's an ambitious treat for any fan of the One Piece universe. Looking a little undercooked in previous showcases, we hope it'll be fully baked once it comes out on Mar 15th.
With Ubisoft's latest look at the game, The Division 2 will see the virus spreading outward from Manhattan and into a post-apocalyptic Washington DC. In a campaign running that's confirmed to be around 40 hours long--double that of the the first game's--there's sure to be a lot of new content to dig into. And that's still not counting the story missions and the map upgrades to their dedicated PvP that will come with the post-launch DLC that comes absolutely free.
Go all out in eight-player raids at the three Dark Zones where you fight tooth and nail against other players and the infected. Making up for the mistakes of the past, it's set to release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this March 15th.
Frogwares is jumping into our nightmares with this latest IP that explores a certain kind of madness inspired by HP Lovecraft's renowned tales of horror. Sending chills to our spines with their cinematic trailer, things don't look too impressive in the gameplay side of things with awkward looking facial expressions and clumsy walking animations.
While their last Sherlock title didn't too well, Crimes & Punishments surely impressed upon the critics and they've consistently made strides in terms of gameplay. With a rich source material to take from, we'll faithfully be chanting the ancient tentacled entity awake. (Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! )
Set to release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this March 21st.
If there's one thing the series is known for--other than their open world marvels--it's taking a look back to the past. This time, Ubisoft takes look back at their own past with a remaster of their 2012 title which lets us see the American Revolution through the eyes of the Native American assassin, Connor.
Though a relative success in its time, the game was panned for locking out too many skills and mechanics early--a bit of a violation of its open world fundamentals. Now it returns with renewed visuals, and tweaked mechanics (though they haven't quite specified which.) Purchased together with the Odyssey Season Pass, or as a standalone title, it's coming out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 2019.
8. Shakedown Hawaii on the PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, 3DS and Vita
From the creators of Retro City Rampage, VBlank Entertainment comes with another fast paced shoot-em up set 30 years after its spiritual predecessor. Showing off their mastery of the 16 bit artstyle, Shakedown Hawaii will have you on the other side of the criminal coin with gameplay that's a bit like classic GTA.
Without the technical limitations of the time, you'll be lured into the high-octane big business life, worming your way into property acquisition, shakedowns, and sabotage in an interactive, pixel-fuelled open world environment. Finally wrapping up development, look forward to arcade free roaming on the PC, PS4, 3DS, Switch and even the Vita this first quarter.
9. DayZ on PS4 and Xbox One
Bohemia Interactive may have been on the running for longest Early Access game with a period of 5 long years, all that came to a close with their PC release last December. Starting as Dean Hall's ARMA 2 mod, the standalone title takes us on a post apocalyptic field trip to the fictional Chernaus. The action survival game challenges us to weather the conditions of a zombie-ridden post-Soviet Republic nation.
With a land area that spans 225 square kilometers, which is about the size of Seattle, there's a lot of ground to cover for fighting, crafting, and survival. Not doing too well on the PC, it's set to release on the PS4 and Xbox One this 1st quarter.
This expansion-slash-rerelease packs everything you need to experience their world in full, from new questlines, to additional equipment, to all of its DLCs, and the best news so far? It’s finally coming to the Switch!
Return to Bitterblack Isle and immerse yourself in the delights of their grittily gorgeous open world.
Explore along with your dedicated AI companions, and partake in the gruesome kills using the game's dynamic combat system. It's action-adventure taken to the next level, placing you in the darkest dungeons and pitting you against the dark forces of the realm. It’s a true definitive edition. It’s set to release this April 23rd.
11. Days Gone
After suffering from a delay just last year, the Zombie genre isn’t entirely dead this 2019. Another Sony exclusive, this action-adventure takes you to a post-apocalyptic open world where you survive from a horde of freakish creatures called the Freakers. It’s gameplay footage shows an entire army of ghoulish freaks in large numbers.
Players assume the role of Deacon St. John and his motorbike as he explores an infected city. Its open world features a dynamic weather and a day and night cycle, which opens new doors for the undead and humans to adapt. It comes out this 26th of April.
12. RAGE 2 on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Post-apocalyptic shooters are in the rage right now, get it? Anyway, Avalanche Studios’ sequel to their epic first person shooter is all about creative destruction. Customize your own character like Gender, Skills and Attire. Arm yourself with various firearms and tools to fight against crazy enemies.
Set in a massive and barren open world, players control Walker as he freely explores the Mad Max-like land. Featuring vehicular combat, the game lets you drive any vehicle and use it to your advantage. Storywise, it takes place 30 years after the original game and it contains new and old characters. It comes out this 14th of May on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
13. Shenmue 3 on the PlayStation 4 and PC
After a successful Kickstarter Campaign, the Shenmue series finds 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 video games 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 finally coming out this August 27, 2019.
14. BIOMUTANT on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Swedish studio Experiment 101’s "post apocalyptic kung fu fable" is something we didn’t expect we’d be hyped for. 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. It’s set to release this Summer 2019 on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
15. Code Vein on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One
How could we forget about this Souls-like JRPG from Bandai Namco? Just like most JRPG story, the world as we know it no longer exists. Humanity is at its most vulnerable and the world is in need for heroes called the Vein.
These empowered humans use the blood of their enemies to satisfy their hunger and unlock their hidden potential. Fend off ferocious monsters with your bloodthirst and team up with friends in a grotesque quest to the ends of the earth. Save humanity from its imminent doom. It comes out sometime this 2019 on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The spin-off to Square’s epic Dragon Quest JRPG gets a brand new sequel. Rebuild a new world in a voxel-like universe. According to sources, it will feature stuff not present during the first game including slopes, waterfalls, and underwater swimming. Additional features include a new hang glider to traverse places quickly.
Not only did they completely refine their RPG and Exploration formula, its fresh new multiplayer feature lets you enjoy your time surviving with your friends and rebuild this magical world. It’s coming out sometime this 2019 on the PlayStation 4 and Switch.
17. Cat Quest II on the Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC
The sequel to the fast-paced open world action RPG where it rains cats and dogs. Assume the roles of these feline and canine heroes as they journey around a massive world filled with monsters, dungeons, and epic quests.
In this grand 2D adventure, the overworld map is yours for the taking. For a game inspired by RPG classics like Zelda, Final Fantasy and Skyrim, it’s offering so much magical content in the disguise of adorable animals. It’s set to release sometime this 2019 on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Switch.
18. The Surge 2 on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One
An action-RPG from Deck13 which is the second entry to their franchise. Set in a world ravaged by war and global warming, create your own character as you explore around its desolate realms in a massive semi open-world adventure.
The game’s unique features lie in its Exosuit configurations. Develop your own power armor to overwhelm your enemies with impressive technological upgrades. It’s slowly turning up to be better than the first game, fixing most of the issues that plagued the original. No release date yet, but it’s slated for a 2019 release on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.