There are tons of exciting new games heading our way in 2019 and among them are some highly-anticipated RPGs bound to occupy lovers of this genre for quite some time. With that in mind, we selected some that are sure to create buzz.
Ah, RPGs - the ultimate time-sink of nerdettes and nerds all around the globe. It is no wonder that these long and elaborate games have a huge base of followers, when you consider just how immersive their very nature is. While 2019 promises to be yet another great year for gaming, most of us RPG lovers are looking forward to new adventures and worlds that await us in next planetairy revolution. Whether you are a lover of action RPGs or prefer the turn-based variety, there is a little bit of something for everyone scheduled for release in 2019.
Kingdom Hearts III
Ever since Sora, Duffy, and Goofy teamed up way back when in 2002, the gaming world was hit by a storm that is the Kingdom Hearts series. Even though the last main entry to the series was released in 2006, there were some follow-up titles that tied up the story, as well as compilations and remasters that enabled players to relive all of them in one neat package. Be that as it may, Kingdom Hearts III was actually in production since 2006 and it was finally revealed at E3 2013.
This love child of Square Enix and Disney continues the story of Sora and friends while adding whole new worlds to explore including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Frozen ones, as well as enhancements and new mechanics that improve its hack-and-slash style of combat. Sora has matured, and it seems like he acts that way too. Being older will not prevent him from helping out his friends in this potential behemoth of an RPG game. You will be able to enjoy this highly-anticipated action RPG when it hits stores for all main platforms as early as January 2019.
When the original Nioh hit shelves in 2017 unavoidable comparisons to the Dark Souls series immediately started cropping up. While those juxtapositions are truly justified since this particular video game uses the same die-to-learn style of gameplay, Nioh’s world and atmosphere are definitely different from those created by From Software in their critically acclaimed action RPG series. Rich with Oriental legends and myths, Nioh managed to bring something new and exciting to the Souls formula. It was no wonder then that Team Ninja started working on a sequel that was officially announced during Sony's E3 presentation in 2018.
Nioh 2 is slated for a 2019 release and it will once again be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It will strive to create ‘more satisfying deaths’ for players. The gameplay formula is expected to return, similar to the previous instalment and while the preceding game ended in a manner which seemed to hint at no sequel, it appears that the story will continute right where it stopped. Do not take our word for it, as there is no official confirmation at the time of writing, but it appears like a reasonable assumption. Be that as it may, if you enjoyed hacking and slashing through demons from Japanese folklore in the original, you will most certainly be looking to pick this game up as well.
Announced in 2012, with a teaser trailer following in 2013, Cyberpunk 2077 by the now-legendary Polish studio CD Projekt Red is actually an adaptation of a tabletop game from the 80s titled Cyberpunk 2020. The development of this game started as early as the studio finished their amazing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Shifting the perspective from a third-person to the first-person one, CD Projekt has the intention to immerse players in the world of their upcoming release even more. Plus, it features a highly-customizable character aptly titled V.
There are all sorts of things that you can do in V's shoes, including sexual and romantic relationships, upgrading various cyberware implants, taking on numerous jobs, and making decisions that will highly influence how events unfold. The setting is a dystopian city named Night City, California, which is comprised of six regions. This open-world RPG seems far removed from the studio’s previous work, as it relies more on guns and hi-tech, rather than swords and monsters. Even though we are hoping to get our hands on the game in 2019, CD Projekt Red has stated that they will take their time with it in order to make sure that they have a quality product.
There was a sort of immediate positive buzz when Biomutant was revealed in 2017. Developed by independent Swedish studio Experiment 101 in cooperation with THQ Nordic, this action RPG holds a lot of potential which became more apparent the more we learned about it. Set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with the titular mutated animals, Biomutant has you controlling a character which looks like a raccoon. As the name implies, you can fully customise the main character and change things like sex, body shape and colouration.
First presented as a Kung Fu fable RPG, the very combat system relies heavily on combining brawling and shooting. When it comes to the upgrade and customisation of the main character, various mutations and mechanical body parts can be used in order to gain certain abilities. As already mentioned, Biomutant looks rather promising and even though the release date was pushed from 2018 to 2019, we hope that we will be able to give this game a go sooner rather than later. Biomutant will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
When the Kickstarter-funded sequel to 1988's Wasteland, unsuprisingly named Wasteland 2 was released in 2014 by inXile, it heralded a new era for turn-based RPGs. It relied heavily on party-based tactical combat and its old-school appeal could be felt through the entire experience. Set in an alternate history that saw a nuclear war between the United States and USSR, its tone can be described as grim and bleak just like its setting. With these things in mind, it was only natural for the developer to start work on a sequel.
Wasteland 3 was announced in 2016 and was once again crowd-funded, but this time via Fig, rather than Kickstarter. Besides the new and unforgiving setting of the Colorado wastes, this game also features a multiplayer component that will have you teaming up with a friend in singleplayer co-op. This time around your ranger will be able to use vehicles as well. Having already met its crowdfunding goals a while ago, fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Wasteland 3 and rumour has it that they will get to play it in 2019.