Since the advent of the internet and all that comes with it, gaming has become as much of a social experience as it is a personal one. Millions of players log into their favorite games every day, and a multiplayer component can mark the difference between a game you pick up and play for a few days and one that has you hooked for months on end. In fact – it can be a game’s central component and main selling point.
But while said component can substantially increase a game’s longevity, eventually you are going to look for a new and different experience. So to that end, here is a list of top 10 new online releases that could quite possibly be all the rage in 2019.
1. Skull & Bones
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is widely regarded as one of the best entries to the franchise. This is in no small part thanks to the swashbuckling element. Combine that with the fact that it feels like the gaming community has been thirsting for a game about naval battles in the Golden Age of Piracy for the longest time – and last year’s Sea of Thieves failure to really deliver on that front – and it seems like Ubisoft has a recipe for success. While the game will have a single-player campaign, the big reveal during E3 2017 seems to indicate that epic five-on-five online ship battles will be the main focus.
Skull & Bones does not have an exact release date yet, but we do know it will be sometime during 2019.
2. Total War: Three Kingdoms
The Total War series has always been split right down the middle in terms of the experience it offers: grand campaigns in which you lead a faction of your choosing to greatness, and endlessly complex tactical battles. While the campaign part does feature an online option, it’s the skirmish mode battles that were always the centerpiece as far as Total War’s online community is concerned.
Thus, every entry was accompanied by its own multiplayer meta and online servers which remained active for years after the initial release. Three Kingdoms is set to be released for PC only on March 7, 2019.
3. Dead or Alive 6
Although it’s lagging behind somewhat in terms of entering into the newest generation of fighting games, it will finally be here on the 1st of March.
While almost every fighting game comes with a story mode, they often feel somewhat… Rudimentary. But we can’t really fault them for that – we all know what these titles are all about: pummeling other players into the ground, and then being smug about it! Dead or Alive 6 promises to be more newcomer-friendly compared to its competitors and will feature a free-to-play version post-launch.
4. Mortal Kombat 11
Speaking of fighting games, the next MK installment is also coming in Q1 2019 – April 23 to be exact. The previous game’s online community is still online and active, but this new entry promises to shake things up in terms of both adding new faces to the roster and new gameplay mechanics. Don’t worry though – everyone’s favorite Fatalities will still be around!
If you can get past the horrible name and small and relatively unknown dev team, GTFO might be just the thing you need to fill that Left 4 Dead – shaped hole in your heart. An FPS that blends action and survival horror, GTFO throws four players down into a dark and terrifying underground complex filled with monsters of unknown origins. Unlike L4D, in this game you will have to know when to shoot and when to hide. We currently have no exact release date, but we know it’s coming sometime in Spring 2019.
6. Minecraft: Dungeons
While it might seem that the peak of popularity for Mojang’s 2011 smash hit is behind us, let’s not forget that over 74 million players reportedly log onto the voxel-based title every month. As such, Minecraft never really needed a sequel – but several spinoffs have popped up over the years, with Dungeons being the newest one, scheduled for release sometime in 2019. It is an action adventure game set in the blocky world and inspired by classic dungeon crawlers. Up to four players can team up and brave a sprawling procedurally generated dungeon on a quest to take down the evil Arch-Illager.
7. Gears 5
Microsoft’s Gears of War series was a game changer for shooter titles with its cover-based system which was very much new at the time – and that influence extends to online shooters, an enormous force in the world of multiplayer gaming. So far, the promotional material seems to indicate that melee combat will be a much larger component in online battles compared to the series’ previous entries, but reliable information is scarce. We don’t know when it will be hitting the shelves either, but Gears 5 looks to be a smash hit in waiting.
8. Ashes of Creation
While many firmly believe that the heyday of MMORPGs is well behind us, this crowd-funded title is what gives many MMO fans hope for a brighter future. Offering unprecedented levels of player influence over the world – as well as over the development of the game – Ashes of Creations might be just what is needed to shake up this somewhat stagnated scene. There is no exact release date yet, but the game is already in an Alpha stage and promises to release before the end of the year.
9. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
While Ubisoft’s The Division initially garnered mixed reviews and many players expressed their disappointment with the state of the game on release, consistent updates, and patches eventually greatly improved the product. Hopefully, they’ve learned their lesson and will apply it to the sequel. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 launches on March 15, 2019 and promises to be an improvement on the original in pretty much every way.
Speaking of problematic releases, Destiny 2 seems to have followed its predecessor’s legacy in leaving its players with a sour taste in their mouths. This, however, has left the market hungry for a loot-based online shooter and, considering developer BioWare’s very respectable pedigree, Anthem is poised to be the one. Putting players into customizable armored super-suits known as Javelins, this game offers an enormous world of giant monsters and world-altering storms. What we know so far about it is absolutely breathtaking, and the February 22 release date can’t come quickly enough!