The Year Ahead: 2019

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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-5877.jpg)   Greg “DoubtingThomas396” Decker

Well, another year is before us, and I doubt even a tenth of the games coming out this year are announced and listed anywhere, but we do our best here at Gamers With Jobs, and down below you will find a list of everything announced and confirmed, as of January 5th 2019, to be coming out in 2019.

First, the biggest news of 2019 is that Last of Us 2 and Days Gone are, apparently, different games. I know, I’m as shocked as you are. No Joke, I thought one was the subtitle of the other.

The second biggest news is that Mortal Kombat 11 is going to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure all the sweat will be clear unless you enter a code to turn it red. If they add Wario as a console exclusive bonus character, that’s a day-one purchase right there, even if he’s just a reskin of Quan Chi.

The bottom biggest news is that the Nintendo Switch continues to party like it’s 2011, with ports of Terraria and Saints Row The Third – both of which I’ll probably buy.

And speaking of Nintendo being Nintendo: Kirby’s Epic Yarn, in a business decision only understandable by putting on your Nintendo Goggles, is only coming to the 3DS. (I know: Let’s re-release all of the bad Wii games on the Switch, but not the good ones! Brilliant! You’re promoted to head of development!) Thankfully someone at Nintendo is new enough to the company that they decided to release Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Yoshi’s Crafted World on their flagship platform instead of the sinking-ship one.

Moving away from Nintendo for a bit, I see that they’re making a Stranger Things game. Since Telltale doesn’t exist anymore it might have modern graphics and actual gameplay. If it’s just a reskin of Crossing Souls I wouldn’t be disappointed, but if I’m expected to care that forty percent of players made Dustin drink a glass of milk, I’ll probably skip it.

Psychonauts 2 comes to every console except the one people want to play it on, in a business decision that affirms why Tim Schafer’s games will always remain cult classics instead of major releases.

On my personal watch-list are Ape-Out, a violent, stylish game from Devolver (but I repeat myself) in which you play a gorilla escaping from captivity. If you think I’m not going to make a gorilla warfare joke in TWA when that one comes out, you haven’t been reading this long enough.

Layers of Fear 2 is due out sometime in 2019. My daughter and I had so much fun with the first one and all the DLC that I can’t wait to pick that one up. Speaking of playing games with my daughter, Dreams comes out this year, which is from Media Molecule. Considering my daughter is playing Little Big Planet 3 as I type this, I think I’ll go preorder that one right now.

Finally, getting back to Nintendo, there’s an Animal Crossing game coming out for the Switch. No commentary necessary, it’s just my game of the year.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/picture-103324-1484747184.jpg)   Erik "Wordsmythe" Hanson

Gosh, I'm so far behind on things. Like, I'm interested enough in the new Civ 6 DLC, but I haven't pulled down the last one yet. Things aren't likely to clear up for me for at least a couple more months, but maybe I'll be able to enjoy the new Mechwarrior and annoy my spouse with the sounds of Toe Jam & Earl by the end of spring. It would be good to be Back In The Groove.

Here's the list, now in release-date order!

PC

  • Q1

  • Pikuniku - January 7
  • Aftercharge - January 10
  • Bury Me, My Love - January 10
  • Double Cross - January 10
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition - January 11
  • Onimusha: Warlords - January 15
  • Hell Warders - January 17
  • Octahedron - January 17
  • YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - January 17
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown - February 1
  • Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal - January 18
  • At the Gates - January 23
  • Slay the Spire - January 23
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 - January 24
  • Life is Strange 2 – Episode 2: Rules - January 24
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake - January 25
  • Genesis: Alpha One - January 29
  • Planetside Arena - January 29
  • Fission Superstar X - January 31
  • Sunless Skies - January 31
  • Animal Super Squad - February 1
  • The Occupation - February 5
  • Away: Journey to the Unexpected – February
  • Astroneer - February 6
  • Ape Out - February 7
  • God Eater 3 - February 8
  • Arcade Spirits - February 12
  • Trials Rising - February 12
  • Outward - February 12
  • Civilization 6: Gathering Storm - February 14
  • Degrees of Separation - February 14
  • Crackdown 3 - February 15
  • Dead or Alive 6 - February 15
  • Far Cry: New Dawn - February 15
  • Jump Force - February 15
  • Metro: Exodus - February 15
  • Anthem - February 22
  • Anno 1800 - February 26
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 - February 26
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove - March 1
  • Left Alive - March 5
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms - March 7
  • Devil May Cry 5 - March 8
  • The Caligula Effect - March 12
  • Willowbrooke Post - Steam Early Access - March 14
  • The Division 2 - March 15
  • One Piece World Seeker - March 15
  • The Sinking City - March 21
  • We. The Revolution - March 21
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - March 22
  • Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World - March 26
  • Q2

  • Mortal Kombat 11 - April 23
  • Rage 2 - May 14
  • Team Sonic Racing - May 21
  • Q3

  • Shenmue III - August 27
  • Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries - September 10
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Above - Early 2019
  • Beyond Blue - Early 2019
  • Carried Away - Early 2019
  • Children of Morta - Early 2019
  • This Is Pool - Early 2019
  • Close to the Sun - Early 2019
  • Killer Queen Black - Early 2019
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw - Early 2019
  • Songbird Symphony - Early 2019
  • Super Meat Boy Forever - Early 2019
  • Phoenix Point - Late 2019
  • The Settlers - Late 2019
  • 4Sight
  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • A Fold Apart
  • Afterparty
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Alchemic Cutie
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland
  • Atone
  • Babylon’s Fall
  • Backworlds
  • Batalj
  • Battletoads
  • Bee Simulator
  • Biomutant
  • Blacksad: Under the Skin
  • Blazing Chrome
  • Bloodroots
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Body of Evidence
  • Brief Battles
  • Bubsy: Paws on Fire
  • Cat Quest 2: The Lupus Empire
  • Cloudpunk
  • Code Vein
  • Conan Unconquered
  • Constructer Plus
  • Control
  • Creaks
  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
  • Dark Devotion
  • Decay of Logos
  • Desperados 3
  • Devil’s Hunt
  • Digimon Survive
  • Draugen
  • El Hijo
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn
  • Fate/Extella Link
  • Felix The Reaper
  • Flotsam
  • Fury Unleashed
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears 5
  • Generation Zero
  • Godhood
  • GreedFall
  • Harold Halibut
  • Hellbound
  • Infected Shelter
  • Inmost
  • In the Valley of Gods
  • Ion Maiden
  • Irony Curtain
  • Jenny LeClue
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Later Alligator
  • Layers of Fear 2
  • Little Misfortune
  • Lost Ember
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Lunacy: Saint Rhodes
  • Maid of Sker
  • Marz Rising
  • Mayonez
  • Metal Wolf Chaos XD
  • Minecraft: Dungeons
  • Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
  • Moving Out
  • My Friend Pedro
  • Mythgard
  • Narcos: Rise of the Cartels
  • Necrobarista
  • Necromunda: Underhive Wars
  • Night Call
  • Notmycar
  • Observation
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Our World is Ended
  • Pagan Online
  • Prodeus
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Railroad Corporation
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Record of Agarest War: Marriage
  • Redout: Space Assault
  • Re-Legion
  • Relicta
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • RICO
  • Riverbond
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Skull and Bones
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts
  • Soundfall
  • Sparklite
  • Speaking Simulator
  • Steel Division 2
  • Stormdivers
  • Stranger Things: The Game
  • Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
  • Subdivision Infinity
  • Summer in Mara
  • The Church in the Darkness
  • The End of the Sun
  • The Forgotten City
  • The Last Campfire
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Pathless
  • The Sojourn
  • The Surge 2
  • The Textorcist
  • Those Who Remain
  • Through the Darkest of Times
  • Tick Tock: A Tale for Two
  • Trine 4
  • Tunche
  • Tunic
  • Twin Mirror
  • Unheard
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto the End
  • Valfaris
  • Vanguard: Fight for Rudiarius
  • Void Bastards
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Warlocks 2: God Slayers
  • Weedcraft Inc.
  • What the Golf?
  • Windjammers 2
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Xenon Racer

PS4

  • Q1

  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition - January 11
  • Onimusha: Warlords - January 15
  • Smoke and Sacrifice - January 15
  • Vane - January 15
  • Hell Warders - January 17
  • Octahedron - January 17
  • YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - January 17
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown - January 18
  • Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal - January 18
  • Life is Strange 2 – Episode 2: Rules - January 24
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake - January 25
  • Genesis: Alpha One - January 29
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 - January 29
  • Animal Super Squad - February 1
  • 8-Bit Hordes - February 1
  • The Occupation - February 5
  • Away: Journey to the Unexpected - February 5
  • God Eater 3 - February 8
  • Trials Rising - February 12
  • Outward - February 12
  • Degrees of Separation - February 14
  • Dead or Alive 6 - February 15
  • Far Cry: New Dawn - February 15
  • Jump Force - February 15
  • Metro: Exodus - February 15
  • Anthem - February 22
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 - February 26
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove - March 1
  • Left Alive - March 5
  • Devil May Cry 5 - March 8
  • The Caligula Effect - March 12
  • The Division 2 - March 15
  • One Piece World Seeker - March 15
  • The Sinking City - March 21
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - March 22
  • Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World - March 26
  • Q2

  • Mortal Kombat 11 - April 23
  • Days Gone - April 26
  • Dauntless - April 26
  • Rage 2 - May 14
  • Team Sonic Racing - May 21
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - June 21
  • Q3

  • Shenmue III - August 27
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Above - Early 2019
  • Beyond Blue - Early 2019
  • Children of Morta - Early 2019
  • This Is Pool - Early 2019
  • Close to the Sun - Early 2019
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw - Early 2019
  • Concrete Genie - Early 2019
  • Super Meat Boy Forever - Early 2019
  • Judgement - Late 2019
  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland
  • Atone
  • Babylon’s Fall
  • Bear With Me
  • Biomutant
  • Blacksad: Under the Skin
  • Blazing Chrome
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Brief Battles
  • Bubsy: Paws on Fire
  • Cat Quest 2: The Lupus Empire
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Code Vein
  • Constructer Plus
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Decay of Logos
  • Desperados 3
  • Devil’s Hunt
  • Digimon Survive
  • Draugen
  • Dreams
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn
  • Fantasy Strike
  • Fate/Extella Link
  • Felix The Reaper
  • Fury Unleashed
  • Generation Zero
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • GreedFall
  • Harold Halibut
  • Ion Maiden
  • Irony Curtain
  • Jenny LeClue
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Jupiter & Mars
  • La Mulana 2
  • Lost Ember
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Maid of Sker
  • Metal Wolf Chaos XD
  • Moving Out
  • Necrobarista
  • Necromunda: Underhive Wars
  • Nioh 2
  • Observation
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • Our World is Ended
  • Project Hardcore
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • RICO
  • Riverbond
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Skull and Bones
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts
  • Soundfall
  • Sparklite
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Stranger Things: The Game
  • Subdivision Infinity
  • Summer in Mara
  • The Church in the Darkness
  • The Last of Us Part 2
  • The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Pathless
  • The Sojourn
  • The Surge 2
  • Those Who Remain
  • Trine 4
  • Tunche
  • Twin Mirror
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto the End
  • Valfaris
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Wreckfest
  • Xenon Racer

PSVR

  • Q1

  • Smash Hit Plunder - January 15
  • A Fisherman’s Tale - January 22
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Jupiter & Mars
  • Mini-Mech Mayhem
  • Trover Saves the Universe

Xbox One

  • Q1

  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition - January 11
  • Onimusha: Warlords - January 15
  • Smoke and Sacrifice - January 15
  • Hell Warders - January 17
  • Octahedron - January 17
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown - January 18
  • Life is Strange 2 – Episode 2: Rules - January 24
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake - January 25
  • Genesis: Alpha One - January 29
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 - January 29
  • Fission Superstar X - January 31
  • Animal Super Squad - February 1
  • 8-Bit Hordes - February 1
  • The Occupation - February 5
  • Away: Journey to the Unexpected - February 8
  • Astroneer - February 6
  • Trials Rising - February 12
  • Outward - February 12
  • Degrees of Separation - February 14
  • Crackdown 3 - February 15
  • Dead or Alive 6 - February 15
  • Far Cry: New Dawn - February 15
  • Jump Force - February 15
  • Metro: Exodus - February 15
  • Anthem - February 22
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 - February 26
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove - March 1
  • Devil May Cry 5 - March 8
  • The Division 2 - March 15
  • One Piece World Seeker - March 15
  • The Sinking City - March 21
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - March 22
  • Q2

  • Mortal Kombat 11 - April 23
  • Dauntless - April 26
  • Rage 2 - May 14
  • Team Sonic Racing - May 21
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - June 21
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Above - Early 2019
  • Beyond Blue - Early 2019
  • Children of Morta - Early 2019
  • This Is Pool - Early 2019
  • Close to the Sun - Early 2019
  • Super Meat Boy Forever - Early 2019
  • 39 Days to Mars
  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • Afterparty
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Atone
  • Battletoads
  • Bear With Me
  • Biomutant
  • Blacksad: Under the Skin
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Body of Evidence
  • Brief Battles
  • Cat Quest 2: The Lupus Empire
  • Code Vein
  • Constructer Plus
  • Control
  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
  • Decay of Logos
  • Desperados 3
  • Devil’s Hunt
  • Digimon Survive
  • Draugen
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn
  • Felix The Reaper
  • Fury Unleashed
  • Gears 5
  • Generation Zero
  • GreedFall
  • Harold Halibut
  • Ion Maiden
  • Irony Curtain
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • La Mulana 2
  • Lost Ember
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Maid of Sker
  • Metal Wolf Chaos XD
  • Moving Out
  • Necromunda: Underhive Wars
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Relicta
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • RICO
  • Riverbond
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Skull and Bones
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts
  • Soundfall
  • Sparklite
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Stranger Things: The Game
  • Subdivision Infinity
  • The Church in the Darkness
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Pathless
  • The Sojourn
  • The Surge 2
  • Those Who Remain
  • Trine 4
  • Tunche
  • Tunic
  • Twin Mirror
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto the End
  • Valfaris
  • Void Bastards
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Wreckfest
  • Xenon Racer

Switch

  • Q1

  • Fitness Boxing - January 4
  • Pikuniku - January 7
  • Bury Me, My Love - January 10
  • Double Cross - January 10
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and Bowser Jr’s Journey - January 11
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - January 11
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition - January 11
  • Onimusha: Warlords - January 15
  • Hell Warders - January 17
  • Octahedron - January 17
  • YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - January 17
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes - January 18
  • Animal Super Squad - February 1
  • Away: Journey to the Unexpected - February 7
  • Ape Out - February 7
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition - February 8
  • Trials Rising - February 12
  • Degrees of Separation - February 14
  • Tokyo School Life - February 14
  • Aragami: Shadow Edition - February 22
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove - March 1
  • The Caligula Effect - March 12
  • Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World - March 26
  • Q2

  • Mortal Kombat 11 - April 23
  • Team Sonic Racing - May 21
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - June 21
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Animal Crossing
  • Carried Away - Early 2019
  • Children of Morta - Early 2019
  • This Is Pool - Early 2019
  • Killer Queen Black - Early 2019
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw - Early 2019
  • Fire Emblem Three Houses - Early 2019
  • Super Meat Boy Forever - Early 2019
  • 39 Days to Mars
  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • A Fold Apart
  • Alchemic Cutie
  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland
  • Bear With Me
  • Blacksad: Under the Skin
  • Blazing Chrome
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Body of Evidence
  • Bubsy: Paws on Fire
  • Cat Quest 2: The Lupus Empire
  • Constructer Plus
  • Daemon X Machina
  • Decay of Logos
  • Digimon Survive
  • Fantasy Strike
  • Fate/Extella Link
  • Felix The Reaper
  • Fury Unleashed
  • Gato Roboto
  • Grid Autosport
  • Ion Maiden
  • Irony Curtain
  • Jenny LeClue
  • La Mulana 2
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Maid of Sker
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
  • My Friend Pedro
  • Necrobarista
  • Night Call
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • Our World is Ended
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Soundfall
  • Sparklite
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Stranger Things: The Game
  • Subdivision Infinity
  • Summer in Mara
  • Terraria
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
  • Those Who Remain
  • Tick Tock: A Tale for Two
  • Town
  • Trine 4
  • Tunche
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto the End
  • Valfaris
  • Warlocks 2: God Slayers
  • Windjammers 2
  • Xenon Racer
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

3DS

  • Q1

  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus - February 5
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn

Vita

  • Q1

  • YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - January 17
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Fate/Extella Link
  • Project Hardcore

RIFT

  • Q1

  • A Fisherman’s Tale - January 22
  • PlanTechtor (Rift, Vive): February 27
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Space Junkies

Vive

  • Q1

  • A Fisherman’s Tale - January 22
  • PlanTechtor (Rift, Vive): February 27
  • ANNOUNCED

  • Space Junkies

Comments

I wouldn't say the 3DS is a sinking ship. The WiiU was a sinking ship, which is why you've got a bunch of survivors lucky enough to catch a life-boat on the Switch. The 3DS is more on its final voyage, seeing all the sights it can before it makes port for the last time.

As for the Stranger Things game, you need not worry about it being a Telltale style release. They had a trailer for it at The Game Awards.

Off the top of my head, the only games releasing with a solid, definitive 2019 date I can claim excitement for are Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake. However, I'm more keen on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Metroid Prime 4. I suppose I should also be excited for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as I've loved every trailer I've seen of it, but I keep forgetting it was actually confirmed for March.

I think it was March.

I don't trust Ghosts of Tsushima is releasing in 2019, but if it is then that's my Sony exclusive of the year.

Now that I'm looking at the list, I am reminded that I'll be replaying the entire Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on Switch at the end of February. Ah yeah, and Caligula Effect: Overdose. That's real close to Devil May Cry 5, but being on the Switch I could actually make time for it. I kickstarted Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, so we'll see how that goes once it lands.

Looking at everything without a release date, this could be a bigger year than I thought. I'm going to play every Final Fantasy that comes to Switch, guaranteed. The Pathless is probably the most interesting game I saw at the Video Game Awards due to its resemblance in parts (aesthetically and mechanically) to Breath of the Wild. Babylon's Fall is a PlatinumGames title, so naturally I'm excited despite knowing almost nothing about it. I'm similarly interested in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, as it's an action game on Nintendo Switch developed by Team Ninja. I'm actually interested in The Outer Worlds the more I hear about it. Definitely digging what Control is selling. Looking to grab Catherine: Full Body on release. I've grown a bit wary on Daemon X Machina, as the last gameplay they showed seemed... low-budget. Judgment and Man of Medan...

Oof. This might be a rough year on the wallet.

I need that sweet, sweet Metroid Prime 4 reveal at E3.

Pretty sure Death Stranding will not be coming out this year. Would be stoked if it did though.

Also excited for My Friend Pedro.

Don't think 2019 is gonna have as many must-haves as 2018 did, but that may give me a chance to catch up on my backlog. And get better at Smash Ultimate.