Part One: E3 2019 Games And Expansions – 2019 Release Dates
The following PC games were announced during E3 2019. These games have an exact or estimated release date this year.
Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith & The Fight for Sanctuary (Gearbox Software) – June 9
This DLC bridges the gap between Borderlands 2 and the upcoming Borderlands 3 which releases on September 13. It’s free for owners of Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Handsome Collection until July 8.
Devolver Bootleg (Devolver Digital) – June 9
Featuring rip-offs of Devolver’s own games and then some.
Dota Underlords (Valve) – June 10
Valve’s standalone version of Dota Auto Chess. It’s currently available for Battle Pass owners, although an open beta is expected this week.
Stranger Things 3: The Game (BonusXP) – July 4
A mobile game that will also have PC and console versions. This will serve as a tie-in for the third season of Stranger Things on Netflix which will also release on the same day.
Warframe: Empyrean (Digital Extremes) – July 6 reveal
Only teased recently, Warframe: Empyrean — with its ship-boarding teams and space-flight combat — will be fully revealed during TennoCon on July 6.
Griftlands (Kiei Entertainment) – July 11 alpha
A deck-building rogue-like game. The alpha will begin via the Epic Games Store on July 11. A Steam release date is expected in June 2020.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Triumph Studios) – August 6
The next step in the Age of Wonders franchise will bring new additions to 4X strategy and empire-building.
Remnant: From the Ashes (Gunfire Games) – August 20
Team up with other survivors as you face off against deadly monsters in a post-apocalyptic world.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (Panache Digital Games) – August 27
Take control of humanity’s primate ancestors who slowly but surely pass on their traits as you get closer to the evolution of homo sapiens.
Blair Witch (Bloober Team) – August 30
Fear and horror hound you in the forest in this game based on the Blair Witch Project’s themes.
Battlewake (Survios) – Summer 2019
Experience virtual reality while sailing the high seas. You’re a pirate lord, and it’s time to find that booty!
Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Toys for Bob/Iron Galaxy) – September 3
Remastered HD versions of old classics — Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
Conan: Chop Chop (Mighty Kingdom) – September 3
A four-player co-op game using cutesy sprites though it’s based on the Conan the Barbarian universe.
Last Oasis (Donkey Crew) – July 15 early access; September 3 release
A nomadic survival MMO where you need to keep moving on board your contraptions to survive and avoid the harsh, scorching sun. Last Oasis will be available as a Steam early access title in July. The full release is expected on September 3, 2019.
Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios) – September 10
The new heroine Kait is set to take on the Swarm in the next chapter for the Gears of War franchise.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep (Bungie) – September 17
Destiny 2: New Light (Bungie) – September 17
I’ve decided to combine both these titles into one so as to better explain them. Shadowkeep is the new Destiny 2 expansion that takes place on the Moon… because the Moon is haunted.
I digress. Anyway, Shadowkeep will move the story forward with new adventures, raids, and activities. It’s technically Destiny 2’s “Year 3” content.
As for Destiny 2: New Light, this is the free-to-play version of the game that will also launch on the same day. New Light will contain “Year 1” content — vanilla, Curse of Osiris, and Warmind. Some “Year 2” (Forsaken) and “Year 3” (Shadowkeep) content will be included such as Gambit Prime and free-roaming on the Moon world space respectively.
Those who purchase Shadowkeep will, naturally, have access to New Light content already. Those who are playing the free-to-play New Light version will still need to purchase Forsaken and/or Shadowkeep if they want to play the additional content.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered (Level-5/Bandai Namco) – September 20
A remaster of the original game in the series which will also support 4K resolution. It will be releasing on Steam, although the store page is still unavailable.
FIFA 20 (EA Sports) – September 23
It’s football, it’s the beautiful game. It’s FIFA, and it’s the 20th mainline game in the franchise. A new mode called Volta, featuring street football, will also be part of the game.
The Surge 2 (Deck 13) – September 24
The game will include many of the features from the first game such as the limb targetting but promises to expand on the mechanics in the sequel.
Code Vein (Bandai Namco) – September 28
The game is set in the not too distant future where a mysterious disaster had caused the world to collapse. Players join a secret society of vampire Revenants with supernatural abilities that need blood to survive. Give in to the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost which are described as ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward): October 25
A remake of one of the most furious and highly-acclaimed titles from the first-person shooter franchise.
The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment): October 25
This looks like the Fallout game you’ve been waiting for so long. Sorry, Fallout 76. An August release date leaked months ago, and it’s now heading to the Epic Games Store this October.
Moons of Madness (Rock Pocket Games) – October 31
A passion project for developer Rock Pocket Games, Moons of Madness starts off innocently as you explore Mars. Then, you end up encountering some supernatural creatures.
Planet Zoo (Frontier Developments) – November 5
We Bought a Zoo? Well, no, not quite related to that movie but, still, Planet Zoo is all about building and managing your own habitat for animals. It’s designed to be one of the most in-depth and expansive tycoon or sim games since the animals themselves have their own unique AI.
Shenmue 3 (Ys Net): November 19
Soon, we’ll experience Ryo Hazuki’s latest adventure… if you want to use the Epic Games Store launcher, that is. The most controversial news to come out of E3 involves Shenmue 3 which was announced as a timed exclusive for the EGS. Fans are outraged and are asking for refunds.
Doom Eternal (id Software) – November 23
On November 23, Doom fans will be going to hell once more. Doom Eternal will bring back pulse-pounding and gory action against the demon hordes. There will also be PvP where you can control the demons yourself. Greg Bargas had a chance to try out the demo during E3 2019.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (Forgotten Empires/Tantalus/Xbox Game Studios) – Fall 2019
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Frozenbyte) – Fall 2019
Follow the adventures of three heroes in a magical world rendered, once more, in 2.5D. Don’t worry, we probably won’t see a repeat of Trine 3’s 3D fiasco.
Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (Palindrome Interactive) – Q4 2019
A strategy game set in a dark fantasy world with vampires. The game combines empire management, turn-based combat, and card-game elements.
Praetorians – HD Remaster (Torus Games/Pyro Studios) – Q4 2019
Praetorians is a real-time strategy game featuring armies and the political machinations of an emerging Roman Empire.
Commandos – HD Remaster (Yippee! Entertainment/Pyro Studios) – Q4 2019
A real-time strategy game set during World War II, remastered in HD.
The following games mentioned during E3 2019 are expected to release later this year. However, no dates or months have been noted.
Featuring 4K hand-drawn graphics and three-player couch co-op, the Battletoads finally make their return to modern gaming. We’re hoping the side-scrolling beat-em-up is still as frustratingly difficult as ever. Battletoads will be available for Xbox Game Pass users who will be able to play it on PC.
Darksiders Genesis (Airship Syndicate)
The first ever top-down, Diablo-esque reimagining for the Darksiders franchise will feature another Horseman, Strife.
Desperados 3 (Minimi Productions)
A real-time strategy game set in the wild west.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (Square Enix)
Squall, Rinoa, Zell, Quistis, and the gang all return in this (slightly) remastered version that celebrates Final Fantasy VIII’s 20th anniversary.
Set in a world that mixes medieval combat and exploration along with magic, fantasy, and otherworldly creatures. Originally planned as a 2018 release, Greedfall will instead release later this year.
Maneater (Tripwire Interactive)
Explore the sunken depths and tear divers limb from limb, Jaws-style, while you play as an evolving shark!
Mosaic (Krillbite Studio)
The monotony and depression of the modern, urban lifestyle will be featured in Mosaic.
Telling Lies (Sam Barlow/Furious Bee)
Following the footsteps of Her Story, Telling Lies will let you piece together the narratives from four different individuals to discover the truth.
Terraria: Journey’s End (Re-Logic)
Is it an expansion, or is it a major update? Well, it’s both. Terraria: Journey’s End will become the fourth major patch for the game. It will feature a new difficulty mode, a bestiary, more enemies and items, and, well, even golf!
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (BonusXP)
A game with around 80 turn-based battles set in a fantasy world that’s based on a Netflix series.
Valfaris (Steel Mantis)
Retro art style, gritty combat, side-scrolling navigation, and heavy metal!
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Playtonic Games)
The next platform-adventure game in the Yooka-Laylee series.