Many games have already been announced for release this year which I’m sure plenty of us are super excited for! To start 2019 off, I’d like to take some time to talk about what games I’m looking forward to being released throughout the year and also which games I’d like to see announcements for.
I was never really bothered about upcoming releases until I got my PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch last year. Now I have a much wider variety of games available at my fingertips, both new and old. If I hadn’t bought these consoles, then I probably wouldn’t be looking at half the games in this list (or at least be annoyed that I couldn’t play most of them)!
11. Cyberpunk 2077 (PC / PS4 / XB1)
First person shooters aren’t my thing, but mixed with RPG elements… Sure, why not? Cyberpunk 2077, created by CD Projekt (The Witcher series), cannot go without a mention. The AI programming looks phenomenal which I believe is a major thing to be excited for and a huge step forwards for the future of gaming. There’s a chance we might not even see this game until 2020 as the release is still noted as TBC, hence taking the bonus place in my Top 10.
10. Ace Attorney Trilogy (PC / PS4 / Switch / XB1)
Set for release in early 2019, Capcom will be bringing the Ace Attorney Trilogy (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Justice for All / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Trails and Tribulations) to PC, Switch, PS4 and XB1. As I’ve never experienced the original games, I put this straight on the wishlist! I’ve heard nothing but praise for Ace Attorney, and although I’m unsure which platform to purchase on right now, it’s highly likely I’ll be buying this sometime soon.
9. MediEvil (PS4)
Another PS1 remake is on the way with the upcoming release of the hack and slash adventure, MediEvil (1998), developed by Other Ocean Interactive exclusively for PS4. I never played the original game but I’ve heard my boyfriend mention it a lot over the years and after I saw the trailer I was pretty much sold after seeing the comparison shots! A release date hasn’t been set in stone as of yet, so I suppose we’ll have to wait in anticipation until then.
8. Animal Crossing (Switch)
I’m sure this is a game every Switch user was hoping for, and it’s finally happening! Although there’s no official release date yet, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing is due sometime this year. I used to spend so much time on Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) and I honestly can’t wait for it to come back to another handheld console. The Wii version and Pocket Camp just weren’t the same…
7. Seven Days (PC)
Ok, so maybe I did put this at no.7 slightly on purpose. Life0’s Seven Days With You: The Most Precious Memory in Our Lives (aka Seven Days), will be released later this year in both English and Japanese by Fruitbat Factory. Currently set with a ‘coming soon’ release on Steam, it shouldn’t be too long before we hear of a release date as pledges for a collector’s edition on Kickstarter ended back in November. I didn’t realise how niche this fully voiced, mystery visual novel was until I tried to find a trailer for it, but I’m glad I could include at least one indie title in this list.
6. World End Syndrome (PS4 / Switch)
This spring, Arc System Works will be bringing World End Syndrome by Toybox for release (digital only) in the West. This romantic / mystery visual novel, with art design by Yuki Kato (BlazBlue), was released in Japan last year and as a huge fan of visual novels, I’m excited to see what it’s all about.
5. Indivisible (PC / PS4 / Switch / XB1)
From my love of Lab Zero’s Skullgirls, I stumbled across their upcoming title, Indivisible, back in 2015. After having an enjoyable hour playing the demo 3 years ago, I’ve been keeping tabs on this game ever since and it finally looks like it’ll be appearing during the year. This could well be the next addition to my Nintendo Switch library.
4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC / PS4 / XB1)
Set for release on 22nd March, there’s only a short wait left for FromSoftware’s Sekiro. This game looks quite similar to Nioh, set in a similar environment and time period but with the addition of stealth elements. Personally, I’d like to complete Nioh before I move onto Sekiro, but I’m still excited all the same!
3. Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PS4)
Yay, more Arc System Fighting games! As BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle was one of my favourite games last year, I have high hopes for this one. There’s been info circulating that this game might be released on PC further into the future, so I’ll definitely be holding off until that version becomes available. I’m a huge fan of fighting games and from what I’ve seen so far, this may take the top spot for its beautiful art design.
2. The Caligula Effect: Overdose (PC / PS4 / Switch)
Originally released for PS Vita in 2016, The Caligula Effect by Aquira received a remake for PS4 in Japan last year. This March, the West will be able to get their hands on this RPG also. It was recommended that I check this game out and I can easily see myself getting stuck in, so maybe The Caligula Effect: Overdose will be my first ‘new release’ purchase of the year. I’m looking forward to seeing more.
1. Code Vein (PC / PS4 / XB1)
Considering I’ve been excited for Bandai Namco’s Code Vein since I saw the release trailer, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it and therefore deserving of the top spot on my list! Inspired by Dark Souls, this post apocalyptic RPG had set my hopes high, but the lack of updates is concerning. Delayed from the original release date of September 2018, Code Vein is set to be ready to go before the end of the year. I hope so… If it’s delayed again I’m going to be incredibly disappointed.
Other games to look out for:
Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Bayonetta 3 are other games I have on my radar. I’m currently playing through the first games in both series, so until I’m up to date with those, I don’t feel like I can be particularly excited for their next releases. I do believe I’ll be interested in both these games sometime in the future.
Obviously there’s a lot of hype for Kingdom Hearts III which will be released on PS4 and XB1 on 25th January. I only ever experienced the original KH and KH2 so I’m not a major fan, but I’m interested to see what’s included and I’ll probably pick this game up later down the line.
Hope for announcements:
Higurashi: When We Cry – Chapter 7: I honestly don’t even know if we’ll ever see another Higurashi game at this rate. Chapter 6 was released last June, almost a year and a half after Chapter 5 despite all the other Chapters being released 6 months apart. I’d really love for the rest of the Chapters be released soon, but I half feel like giving up and watching the anime instead of waiting all this time.
Apparently I’m not alone… MangaGamer asked Twitter what games they were looking forward to and there are a lot of people asking about Higurashi. Unfortunately, the Higurashi questions seem to be the only ones MangaGamer never responded to, but it’s nice to see so much interest for the remaining chapters to be released.
Hakuoki: Hakuoki ended up being my favourite game series last year. I played the PC versions of both Kyoto Winds and Edo Blossoms, but I know there are many other games in the series out there, mainly for PSP and Vita. Hakuoki: SSL is the main game I would love to get my hands on so for it to be ported would make my year. I know it’s not going to happen though. I did notice an SSL screenshot on the PSN Hakuoki page but it’s only available for PS Now. If anyone can confirm this for me that would be great as I don’t want to pay £8 a month due to false advertising.
What games are you looking forward to this year?
Let me know in the comments!