2018 was a good year for the Xbox One, as gamers enjoyed sailing the Sea of Thieves, racing in Forza Horizon 4, and surviving the end of the world with State of Decay 2, but 2019 is looking to be an incredible year for Xbox fans. There’s something for everyone coming to Xbox One in 2019, and we believe the list below is just the tip of the iceberg. If these video games catch your attention, don’t forget that many of them are already available for preorder!
This reimagining of the 1998 horror classic will showcase the infection and fall of Raccoon City with a fresh take that modern Resident Evil fans will surely appreciate. Capcom has rebuilt the story, monsters, and gameplay of Resident Evil 2 from the ground up, so even veteran zombie slayers will have their fair share of surprises when the game launches in January. We are especially excited to see how Resident Evil 2 will incorporate new features, such as the ability to blast limbs off of rampaging zombies, and the use life-saving defensive items to fend off bloodthirsty mutants.
Take on the role of superpowered Agent and clean up the mean streets of New Providence in Crackdown 3 when it’s released exclusively on Xbox One this February. Fans should be excited to learn that Crackdown 3 features a heavy emphasis on multiplayer, co-op gang busting and levels of dynamic destruction never before seen in the series. Most importantly, Crackdown’s engaging experience system returns, so your Agent’s strengths will depend on your playstyle. Punch out more baddies to get stronger, practice your parkour to level up your agility, and so on.
Picking up where Gears of War 4 left off, Gears 5 is a new adventure, as seen from the perspective of Kait. Travel with her as she uncovers the origin of the brutal Locust Horde, as humanity is assaulted by enemies on all fronts. Gears fans should expect to see fresh faces and a bold new direction for the universe, as well as hideous monsters, extra-violent weapons, and buckets of gore when Gears 5 launches later in 2019.
Outside of a cameo in Killer Instinct and a re-release in Rare Replay, the trio of mutant amphibian space warriors known as the Battletoads haven’t starred in their own game since 1994’s Battletoads Arcade. There isn’t a release date just yet, but Rash, Zitz, and Pimple will return in 2019 in a brand new game featuring charming hand-drawn visuals, and 3-player co-op.
Anthem will also hold an open demo from February 1-3, 2019 in which anyone can download and participate.
The highly anticipated sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest was first announced at E3 2017, but Moon Studios has confirmed that Ori and the Will of the Wisps will finally be released in 2019. Like the original game, Ori’s latest adventure will follow a maze-like trek through the wilderness, but this time he will receive additional acrobatic techniques and help from brand-new friends along the way. Gamers who enjoyed the cinematic soundtrack, stunning art style, and tight controls of Ori and the Blind Forest will surely fall in love with Ori and his pretty yet deceptively scary world all over again.
Very little information has been officially released about Halo Infinite outside of the E3 2018 trailer. This short and pretty teaser featured a few stranded UNSC soldiers, a herd of strange beasts roaming the wilderness of an iconic Halo ring world, and Master Chief just as he dons his helmet and speeds off in his Warthog. Halo Infinite is expected to continue the story from Halo 5, but this mysterious trailer leaves the next chapter of Master Chief’s saga wide open. Stay tuned for more information on Halo Infinite throughout 2019.
From Bioware—the creators of Mass Effect and Dragon Age—comes Anthem, a unique universe where teams of four players explore an ever-evolving open world using customized suits of power armor. Players will need to rely on each other to survive the planet’s environmental hazards, hostile creatures, and cunning villains, and they’ll have the opportunity when Anthem is released in February 2019. As an added bonus, anyone who preorders Anthem will have access to a special VIP demo from January 25 to 27.
Fighting game fans will break bones, spill blood, and inflict gruesome fatal wounds on their unfortunate opponents when Mortal Kombat 11 hits shelves in April 2019. The latest in the Mortal Kombat series promises a roster of new and returning fighters, such as Scorpion, Raiden, and Shao Kahn, a new graphics engine, and more customization options than ever before. If its developers make good on their promise for improved matchmaking and an emphasis on esports, players will thrash their friends in Mortal Kombat 11 for years to come.