Every year in the winter comes out “something such.” This season will not be an exception either, though we will have to wait a bit: December will be warming up, but the cherry on the cake will happen a little later. The autumn that has left has left ambivalent feelings. Rather, not even too good. And all, as it is easy to guess, because of the strange announcement of the  mobile Diablo  from Blizzard and the multiplayer Fallout 76 . The latter is even difficult to call a full game.

Content

  • Just Cause 4
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Resident evil 2
  • Tropico 6
  • Crackdown 3
  • Anthem
  • Metro exodus
  • Anno 1800
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • Bonus

Of course, there were bright days. The owners of the PlayStation rejoiced at Spider-Man , someone was delighted with Forza Horizon 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , others liked Red Dead Redemption 2 or Hitman 2, now Battlefield V is sweeping the country .

We have prepared a list of the most anticipated games by a wide audience in the winter of 2018/2019. Projects are listed based on the release date, not their significance. Games that previously came to any of the main platforms, we did not take into account.

Just Cause 4

In the summer of 2018, Just Cause 4 happened to be in the Steam showcase before the official announcement. Gamers could only wait for the presentation, which took place at E3.

The fourth part of the action comes December 4 on computers running Win , as well as consoles XBO  and PS4 .

Rick Rodriguez will go to the fictional South American city of Solis, where, as the developers promise, everything will be much better, and this beauty will be even more than in the previous parts (we are looking forward to someone from gamedev say that worse, less beautiful “and so on).

In particular, players will be met by a modernized system of destruction, which can be used in more sophisticated ways, new furious guns and three additions for Rico.

By the way, computer owners who want to see all the beauty and capabilities of the engine, will have to stock up on fresh “iron”. But the owners of older cars without any problems will be able to play Just Cause 4.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo Switch portable console is not very popular in Belarus, but the army of its fans is gradually gaining new members. Therefore, we have included the Super Smash Bros. fighting game in the list. Ultimate, which comes out December 7 .

Even before the release of the game, many are delighted with it – after all, this is not a remaster and not a port, but a real exclusive for a small console. Yes, and with such an abundance of characters – more than 70, from different game series and franchises (11 new and 63 from previous games), with cool bosses in single player mode. In addition to him, by the way, there are a couple of multiplayer, in which you can fight alone or in a team.

From the start, only eight “Persians” will be available, the rest will open after various achievements.

Values ​​of the game adds a tracklist: from 800 songs included in it you can make your own tracklists.

Resident evil 2

The game is a remake of Resident Evil 2 from 1998. The developers abandoned the “tank” control, choosing the more familiar now from the third person view. In addition, we had to get rid of some of the iconic elements characteristic of the era of low-poly graphics, and the RE Engine used in Resident Evil 7 is used as the engine.

In Capcom, they say, a very responsible approach to the development of a remake: as many as 800 specialists allegedly participate in the process. For comparison, an average of a thousand developers work on Assassin’s Creed games. It would be nice if the quality of the final product will be in direct proportion to the number of man-hours spent.

Resident Evil 2 should go back to basics – the original game, but the changes for the sake of the current generation will still be, and significant. Everything should be bloody, beautiful and dynamic.

The game will be released on January 25 for Win, XBO and PS4 .

Tropico 6

The dictator El Presidente will be back at the same time as the evil born in Umbrella Corporation. This will happen  on January 25 for Win, Linux and macOS (and  in summer for XBO and PS4 ). True, the ruler will act more sophisticated, but openly: it will be possible to speak to the people with electoral speeches, decorate the palace in every way and rebuild it, study foreign experience and expand the sphere of influence on new (huge) territories.

As follows from the description of the game, the research system has been redesigned in Tropico 6 and the focus of attention is on the political side of hard dictatorial life. It will brighten up the updated interface, improved tools for managing subjects and nice graphics.

The game is more focused on lovers of the series, but no one bothers to try their hand as a novice dictator.

Crackdown 3

The second half of February 2019 will be the most intense game period of this winter. February 15 for Winand XBO will be released Crackdown 3, the release of which has been postponed at least several times since 2016. In theory, it will be a vigorous action game with a totally destructible game world. This is both good and bad.

Good, because Crackdown 3 can become something new and cause a semblance of wow-emotions. Bad, because the process is tied to the “clouds” of Microsoft Azure, in which the data are calculated, which means that you need to ensure the smooth operation of both the “clouds” and the Internet to communicate with them.

Sumo Digital studio had at least four years to bring the new game to mind, so everything can work out. By the way, in 2019 the company intends to release another couple of titles – Dead Island 2 and Project Nova.

Anthem

A promising multiplayer action was supposed to be released before the end of 2018, but Electronic Arts moved the project to 2019 – the game sharpened for teamwork will appear on February 22 for Win, XBO and PS4 .

Gamers will have to try on the role of freelancers – people dressed in “Javelin” costumes and fighting in a post-apocalyptic world with a fantastic beast of varying degrees of disgust and malice and marauders. “Javelins” are divided into classes: there is a “balanced” version and a set of specialized ones. Costumes can be upgraded, increasing their lethality.

The developers from BioWare emphasize that Anthem is focused on a team game (up to four people in a group), it will be much more difficult to cope alone.

Metro exodus

Anthem’s formidable company will be Metro Exodus , which will be released on February 22 for Win, XBOand PS4 . In fact, it will not make up, since Belarusians will almost certainly give preference to the brainchild of Ukrainians from 4A Games. A new game of the Metro series could be put at the top of the list, we make it on the importance of projects for the audience.

The first rumors about Metro Exodus appeared in 2015 – Dmitry Glukhovskoy said that the development of the game began. A little later, the release of the new Metro was “planned” for 2017, but the publisher quickly denied the information. Later came the official data.

The game will unfold in ruined Moscow, starting from the place where Metro: Last Light ended. Nuclear winter, the Aurora locomotive, the rangers, the harsh wilderness, and the cultists of the “Church of the King of the Water,” should be atmospheric.

Anno 1800

Where do without this [serious] city-planning simulator? And although there are already a lot of them for different tastes (there is already one above), there will be no extra Anno 1800, which will be released on February 26, 2019 for computers running Windows .

The seventh game of the series will send gamers to the Victorian era of coal and steam – in the XIX century. Anno 1800 is waiting for a well-developed storyline campaign and an interesting construction process, as well as a competent sandbox (at least in Ubisoft they promise to implement all this).

“Join Anno,” the developers are a little ambiguous, asking the players a question: will they become inventors or exploiters, conquerors or liberators? All paths are good for building your own empire.

Dirt Rally 2.0

Well, Codemasters continues the Dirt racing series, the next game of which will be released on February 26for Win, XBO and PS4 . The project is less focused on casual gamers, but no one bothers them to try out their capabilities on virtual tracks.

Rides will take place on the roads (and off-road) in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. By itself, the tracks are real, so fans of simulators, they will be familiar. The publisher motivates to buy the game early on with a set of bonuses: the Porsche 911 RGT is supposed to do this, as well as early access to the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally, Alpine Renault A110 1600 S and some other legendary ones. Deluxe Edition customers will be able to steer four days ahead

The developers promise “even better” physics, as close to reality as possible. Stay tuned and advanced tuning, as well as other features of the series. In particular, in Dirt Rally 2.0, the physical characteristics of tires were corrected and the algorithms of behavior of various surfaces under different conditions were seriously revised.

Uncover dusty steering wheels and pedals.


Bonus

In conclusion, a small bonus from games that did not make the main list, but may be of interest to the gaming audience.

Xenonauts-2 was supposed to go on a PC in November, but its release was postponed. It is not entirely clear how long it will be. Events unfold in alternate history during the Cold War. New “xenonauts” are not a sequel to the previous game, but are created, like the predecessor, under the influence of X-COM: UFO Defense.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will be released on January 18 on console x, and on February 1 – on PC . Arcade (not everyone agrees with this definition) aviasimulator tells about the conflict that unfolded in 2019. In service with the gamer will be real and fictional aircraft, and the Unreal Engine 4 will please the eye. The game is more for fans of the series and, secondly, the genre.

Kingdom Hearts III will appear  on January 25 on XBO and PS4 . It will be interesting to fans of action-RPG and Disney worlds, as well as the actual series. There will be both old and new characters, there will be a lot of interesting things.

God Eater 3 will be released on PS4 and PC for an international audience on February 8th . The plot in it revolves around an unknown form of life, absorbing everything on Earth. Growing rapidly, it destroys civilization. To save humanity can only “living weapons” in the hands of the God Eaters.

Dead or Alive 6 will be available  February 15 on Win, XBO and PS4 . It’s hard to determine right away why the game is so warmly perceived by fans of the fighting games. Maybe it is a deep study of images and a serious attitude to the plot? It is possible that this is a combination of winning factors.

The Last Night will be released on February 23 (supposedly) on XBO, Win, macOS and Linux . The developers call it a game with the soul of a cinematic platformer and the heart of a sci-fi thriller. The action takes place in postkiberpank.