Best upcoming games 2019: most anticipated titles for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Best upcoming games 2019
Death Stranding (Image credit: Kojima Productions)

We're half way into 2019 already and, while we've already seen some great releases, there's still a host of exciting new games on the way to feed your gaming fix. Whether you're looking for boot-shaking scares, heart-racing thrills or some wholesome narrative, we've got you covered.

Here at TechRadar we've gathered together a list of the best upcoming games coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2019 (and a few releasing in 2020). We'll be updating this list as titles release and others are announced, so watch this space.

So without further ado, buckle up and get ready to update your wishlist with the best upcoming games in 2019...

Best upcoming games 2019

Shenmue 3

Best upcoming games 2019

Shenmue 3 (Image credit: YS Net)

When's it out?
August 27 (apparently), 2019

What platform?
PS4 and PC

What's it about?
It looks like Shenmue 3 is actually going to emerge this year. The third instalation of the action-adventure series comes a whopping 18 years after its predecessor but follows on from the events of Shenmue 2 and sees teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki searching for his father's killer in 1980's China.

We aren't quite sure what to expect with Shenmue III, especially considering it's not being made by Sega, but hopefully the wait was worth it...

Best upcoming games 2019

Gears 5

Best upcoming games 2019

Gears 5 (Image credit: The Coalition)

(Image credit: The Coalition)

When's it out?
September 10, 2019

What platform?
Xbox One (maybe PC?)

What's it about?
The latest game in the Gears of War series which sees female protagonist Kait taking the starring role as she leads her team on a personal mission continuing from the emotional ending of Gears of War 4. 

Gears 5 offers a new 3-player online and local co-op mode 'Escape,' a special character pack featuring Terminator skins in a crossover with the upcoming 'Terminator: Dark Fate' film, and a new Map Editor feature.

We've already tested out Gear 5's Escape mode and found it to be enjoyable co-operative chaos. 

Best upcoming games 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Best upcoming games 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield (Image credit: Nintendo)

(Image credit: The Pokemon Company)

When's it out?
November 15, 2019

What platform?
Nintendo Switch

What's it about?
Pokemon Sword and Shield are the upcoming additions to the core Pokemon series, bringing Pokemon into the eight generation with a host of new critters.

The new games will be based in the Galar region, which is essentially the Nintendo version of Great Britain - including soccer stadiums and quaint countryside. Expect a whole host of new Pokémon to swoon over too, including the adorable Wooloo and melancholy Sobble.

Best upcoming games 2019

Borderlands 3

Best upcoming games 2019

Borderlands 3 (Image credit: Gearbox Software)

When's it out?
September 13, 2019

What platform?
PS4 and PC

What's it about?
Nearly seven years after the release of Borderlands 2, Gearbox has confirmed Borderlands 3 will release later this year. 

The fourth core entry in the first-person shoot and loot franchise sees you playing as a Vault Hunter aiming to stop the antagonist Calypso twins from harnessing the "Children of the Vault" and taking possession of the Vaults which exist beyond the planet of Pandora.

Expect larger-than-life characters, a lively and colorful alien planet to explore, tons of absurd weapons, and a wisecracking sense of humor.

Make sure you check out our Borderlands 3 preview for all the juicy details.

Best upcoming games 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Best upcoming games 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Image credit: Respawn Entertainment)

When's it out?
November 15, 2019

What platform?
PS4, Xbox One and PC

What's it about?
Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sees you taking on the role of Cal Kestis, a former Jedi padawan, forced into hiding following the execution of Order 66, which saw the Jedi ambushed and killed by their own supporting Clone Trooper soldiers.

While the official reveal only gave us a glimpse at a story trailer, it was more than enough to get us hyped for the upcoming game. E3 2019 gave us a far more meaty look at the game - including some lightsaber-fueled gameplay.

While fans of the galactic franchise have seen official tie-ins in the form of Star Wars Battlefront I and II, the new entry takes on a different tack, focusing on a single-player experience more in line with 2008's The Force Unleashed - we just hope it's as good as it looks.

Best upcoming games 2019

The Outer Worlds

Best upcoming games 2019

The Outer Worlds (Image credit: Obsidian Entertainment)

When's it out? 
October 25, 2019

What platform?
PS4, Xbox One and PC

What's it about?
We are super excited for Obsidian's new single-player sci-fi RPG. Set on the frontier of space, The Outer Worlds sees you awakening from hibernation amidst a conspiracy to destroy Halycon – a colony residing at the edge of the galaxy  driven by big-brand corporations. It's up to you how you play, with your actions influencing how the story unfolds and the fate of Haylcon itself.

If you were disappointed by Fallout 76 then The Outer Worlds could be one to watch. 

Make sure to check out The Outer Worlds doesn't shy away from its Fallout roots - and that's great.

Best upcoming games 2019

Doom Eternal

Best upcoming games 2019

Doom Eternal (Image credit: iD Software)

When's it out? 
November 22, 2019

What platform?
PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC

What's it about?
The sequel to 2016's Doom promises to be an ultra-violent, fast-paced shooter with plenty of demon slaying to keep you busy. 

Doom Eternal is aiming to go bigger and better than ever before, introducing an enhanced Doom slayer and a host of new demons - and this time the invasion has spread further than Mars.

Best upcoming games 2019

FIFA 20

Best upcoming games 2019

FIFA (Image credit: EA)

When's it out?
September 27, 2019

What platform?
PS4, Xbox One and PC

What's it about?
As sure as the seasons change, we know that there will be a new FIFA title at the tail end of each year. 

FIFA 20 is the next entry in the long-running football simulation series and sees the addition of new features such as a better manual defending, revamped shooting and a 'Volta Football' street and indoor five-a-side mode.

How has the FIFA series changed over the years? Here's how FIFA became the champion of soccer simulators.

Best upcoming games 2019

Death Stranding

Best upcoming games 2019

Death Stranding (Image credit: Kojima Productions)

When's it out?
November 8, 2019

What platform?
PS4

What's it about?
At this point, we're not even sure Kojima knows... From what we've seen so far, Death Stranding involves The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, a foetus in a jar and some shadowy, ominous creatures. We also know Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro and Troy Baker are cast members.

Despite having a firm release date (and various strange trailers), we are still confused about Death Stranding and don't think we'll really have a grasp on its story until we get our hands on it. 

Best upcoming games 2019

Cyberpunk 2077

Best upcoming games 2019

Cyberpunk 2077 (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

When's it out? 
April 16, 2020

What platform?
PS4, Xbox One and PC

What's it about?
If you've been living under a rock and don't know about Cyberpunk 2077 then let us enlighten you. 

Cyberpunk 2077 is an dystopian RPG from The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red, set in a gritty, science fiction world metropolis. It's based off the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name and promises to be a game-changer when it releases next year. 

If that's not enough for you, then the announcement that Keanu Reeves plays a major role in the game should hopefully get you excited. 

Best upcoming games 2019

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Best upcoming games 2019

Final Fantasy 7 Remake (Image credit: Square Enix)

When's it out?
March 3, 2020

What platform?
It’s been confirmed the game will come to PS4 first, but it may appear later on PC and Xbox One.

What's it about?
Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy 7 secured its place as one of the greatest JRPGs to date. So it's no surprise that Square Enix is releasing a remake, over 20 years later.

The development road for Final Fantasy 7 Remake hasn't exactly been smooth. The game was initially announced back at E3 2015, but won't release until March 3, 2020. Regardless, we're still extremely excited to get our hands Square Enix's reimagining of the classic Final Fantasy game.

Here's what it's like to play Final Fantasy 7 Remake if you never played the original

Best upcoming games 2019

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Best upcoming games 2019

Animal Crossing (Image credit: Nintendo)

When's it out?
March 20, 2020

What platform?
Nintendo Switch

What's it about?
Nintendo has finally given the fans what they want. During a Nintendo Direct in September 2018, the company announced (via a short teaser trailer) that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming to the Nintendo Switch. While the original release window was set for 2019, it has since been pushed back to 2020. 

We're expecting Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch to offer the same charm and wholesome atmosphere of previous Animal Crossing titles, while hopefully adding some new characters, more furniture and more areas to explore. 

Best upcoming games 2019

Marvel's Avengers

Best upcoming games 2019

Marvel's Avengers (Image credit: Crystal Dynamics)

(Image credit: Crystal Dynamics)

When's it out? 
May 15, 2020

What platform?
Xbox One, PS4, PC and Google Stadia

What's it about?
Marvel's Avengers sees you playing as your favorite superhero in an all-new story set in the Marvel universe. Playing as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, your mission is to save the day from an evil force - just normal superhero stuff.

Officially announced at E3 2019, the game will have a multiplayer component alongside a single-player campaign, though it wasn't shown off during the event. What we've heard from Crystal Dynamics in a closed-door briefing is that you'll assemble into teams of four online, customize your characters and fight online together through new scenarios. Crystal Dynamics says this content will be free and will come at a constant clip.

Best upcoming games 2019

Halo Infinite

Best upcoming games 2019

Halo Infinite (Image credit: 343 Industries)

(Image credit: Xbox)

When's it out? 
'Holiday' 2020

What platform?
Xbox One and Xbox Project Scarlett (maybe PC)

What's it about?
The sixth game in the main Halo series, Microsoft announced at its E3 2019 keynote that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the next-gen Project Scarlett (aka Xbox Two) consoles during Holiday 2020. 

While we don't know much about what to expect from Halo Infinite, we do know that Master Chief is back and he looks stunning on next-generation hardware (we;;, from the trailers).

Best upcoming games 2019

Ghost of Tsushima

Best upcoming games 2019

Ghost of Tsushima (Image credit: Sucker Punch Productions)

When's it out? 
TBC

What platform?
PS4

What's it about?
We don't know a whole lot about Ghost of Tsushima yet, except that it's an open world action-adventure being developed by Suckerpunk Studios and published by Sony - meaning it'll be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

Ghost of Tsushima is set in 1274 Japan - during the first Mongolian invasion - and sees you take on the role of last samurai on Tsushima Island, determined to defend his home and traditions.

Best upcoming games 2019

Dragon Age 4

Best upcoming games 2019

Dragon Age (Image credit: BioWare)

When's it out?
TBC

What platform?
Probably PS4, Xbox One and PC

What's it about?
After being an open secret for so long, Dragon Age 4 has now been confirmed by BioWare and we’ve even been teased by a minute-long trailer. At the moment we’re cautiously calling the game Dragon Age 4 (but this title isn’t confirmed). 

It'll no doubt be a couple of years before we see the fourth instalation in the popular RPG franchise Dragon Age, but we're expecting a bigger open-world, further exploration of that cliffhanger and even more characters to swoon over and seduce.

Best upcoming games 2019

The Elder Scrolls 6

Best upcoming games 2019

The Elder Scrolls 6 (Image credit: Bethesda)

When's it out?
TBC

What platform?
Probably PS4, Xbox One and PC 

What's it about?
We've no idea what it's about but we definitely won't see The Elder Scrolls 6 release in 2019 - but it's hard to ignore the behemoth so we're being delusionally optimistic. 

Best upcoming games 2019

The Last of Us Part 2

Best upcoming games 2019

The Last of Us Part 2 (Image credit: Naughty Dog)

When's it out?
TBC

What platform?
PS4

What's it about?
The Last of Us 2 sees Ellie all grown up and much more mature than we've seen her before - not only is she fanning the flames of romance but she's also become a lot more violent (read: badass) in her efforts to survive.

We don't know much about the story so far but Joel hasn't appeared in the footage we've seen yet, although we do know Troy Baker is involved so he's definitely going to show up eventually. 

Best upcoming games 2019

Metroid Prime 4

Best upcoming games 2019

Metroid Prime 4 (Image credit: Nintendo)

When's it out?
TBC

What platform?
Nintendo Switch

What's it about?
A brand new Metroid Prime game is coming to the Nintendo Switch. However, Metroid Prime 4 may be some way off as Nintendo had to scrap the project back in January 2019 and start again. 

Due to development problems, we don't know much about what Metroid Prime 4 will involve, or when we will see it, but we can't help but be excited.

Best upcoming games 2019

Starfield

Best upcoming games 2019

Starfield (Image credit: Bethesda)

When's it out?
TBC

What platform?
Probably PC, PS4 and Xbox One 

What's it about?  
We don't really know what Starfield is about yet. Bethesda has been pretty tight-lipped about its upcoming single-player RPG. We do know it's set in outer space and that it'll be a while before it's released.