6. The Last Campfire
Release Date: 2019
In the few spare moments when Sean Murray and Hello Games were not feverishly working to update No Man’s Sky these past couple of years, they apparently found time to work on a whole new game — go figure. But to be clear, The Last Campfire, announced only in late December, looks to be nothing like No Man’s Sky.
From what we know so far, The Last Campfire is a much smaller game experience, an adventure about a “lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home.” You’ll explore wilderness, meet strange new creatures, and visit mysterious ruins – with nary a Gek or Sentinel in sight. We don’t have much more than that to go on, but the trailer below definitely shows tons of promise.
5. In the Valley of Gods
Release Date: 2019
If you liked Firewatch, you should be excited for Campo Santo’s follow up, In the Valley of Gods, due sometime this year. It’s a single-player, first-person adventure that takes you to 1920s Egypt as an explorer/filmmaker who uncovers a whole lot more than they bargained for in their desert wanderings.
Since it’s from the creators of Firewatch, you can expect lots of exploration though gorgeous natural vistas to go along with a riveting narrative. And this time, you’ll directly interact with an AI companion, Zora, so presumably that means she’ll be essential in the game’s progression. Campo Santo ominously warns that this journey will “bring you fame and fortune—or leave you for dead, buried beneath the sands.” Say no more, we’re already packing our bags.
4. Untitled Goose Game
Release Date: Early 2019
“It’s a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose.” So goes the rather straightforward premise for this wacky indie game from Australia’s House House. You are a goose whose objective is to just run around causing as much havoc as you can, all while avoiding the local human inhabitants of town. It’s simple and refreshing, and it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
Add to that a cool visual style that has the feel of a child’s picture book, and Untitled Goose Game looks like it will waddle its charming way into our hearts in 2019. Its mixture of cute characters and cheeky humor – there’s a button dedicated to just honking – has a lot of people talking, and we can’t wait to see more details as the year progresses.